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New England News
9:14 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Boston Man Arrested for Stealing Tree Burls

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Police have made an arrest in the mysterious disappearance of burls from trees in Boston parks.

Burls are the giant knots on the trunks of most tree species prized by woodworkers for their intricate grain.

Police went to a Dorchester apartment on Wednesday after a witness reported seeing the man shaving scrap pieces off a burl in a park, then leaving with a chainsaw and entering an apartment building.

The Boston Globe reports that 44-year-old Michael Scanlan is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on a charge of willful and malicious destruction of property.

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New England News
7:34 am
Wed October 3, 2012

CT Says 9% of its Voters are Hispanic

Connecticut's secretary of the state says that Hispanics account for nearly 9 percent of the people registered to vote in the state.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Tuesday that her study of registration data and U.S. Census information on Spanish surnames indicates there are more than 176,000 registered voters of Hispanic origin in Connecticut.

The majority of those voters — roughly 90,000 — are registered as Democrats, while about 14,500 are registered as Republicans.

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New England News
6:25 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Charges to Stand Against Ex-MA Treasurer

Tim Cahill at Mass Mayors Event

A judge has refused to dismiss corruption charges against former Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill, who is accused of airing taxpayer-funded ads for the state lottery as a means of promoting his 2010 independent campaign for governor.

Superior Court Judge Christine Roach on Monday denied Cahill's request to throw out the charges, meaning his trial can go forward. The trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29.

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New England News
1:00 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Mitchell College to Lay Off 20% of Faculty

Mitchell College

Mitchell College will lay off seven professors, or 20 percent of the full-time faculty, following an unexpected drop in enrolled students.

The Day of New London reports that the layoffs will take effect at the end of the semester. The reductions will cut deeply into the sport and fitness management and early childhood education departments, which will be cut in half with the loss of two professors in each area.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Report Says MA Faces Shortage of Medical Specialists

Baystate Hospital in Springfield
WAMC

Massachusetts faces a shortage of doctors in key specialties from family medicine to general surgery.

That's one of the findings of a new report by the Massachusetts Medical Society.

The study found the state is struggling to recruit enough physicians to work at community hospitals and in areas of the state outside Boston.

The study also found more doctors are willing to participate in the state's push to overhaul the health care payment system, including initiatives like "accountable care organizations" and "global payments."

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North Country News
12:00 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Labor Secretary to Tour Dairy Farm

Department of Labor

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is scheduled to tour a dairy farm at Vermont Technical College in Randolph as part of a visit to the state designed to highlight a training program to support agricultural businesses.

Vermont Tech is getting a $3.4 million federal grant for training programs for state industries that support agriculture, food production, waste disposal and energy production.

Officials say the grant will allow Vermont Tech to improve its degree and college-level certificates and help meet trade employment needs throughout the state.

Elections
9:13 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Romney's Message May be Losing its Luster in NH

Mitt Romney is a part-time resident of tiny New Hampshire. His fiscally conservative, socially moderate tenure as governor of neighboring Massachusetts once seemed a good match for New Hampshire's independent and libertarian-leaning electorate.

Yet, Romney trails President Barack Obama in polls in New Hampshire, as he does in most other presidential battlegrounds, despite spending considerable time and money to lock up the state's four Electoral College votes.

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Elections
6:55 am
Tue October 2, 2012

VT GOP Gov. Candidate Proposes 'Business in a Box'

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock wants to create what he calls a "business in a box" program that would link unemployed Vermonters with business ideas that would be funded by private money.

Brock outlined his proposal Monday at a Williston business as part of a package of ideas that he said would help spur economic development and create more jobs in the state.

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New England News
6:53 am
Tue October 2, 2012

CT Announces $120 Million for High-Speed Rail

State and federal officials have announced $120 million in federal funding to build part of a high-speed rail project between New Haven and Springfield, Mass.

The 62-mile project calls for service every 30 minutes during peak periods and every 60 minutes at other times. Speeds would reach up to 110 miles an hour.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office projects 1.26 million riders annually by 2030.

Elections
6:52 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Brown, Warren Spar in 2nd Debate for US Sen. Seat

AP

Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren jousted on everything from immigration reform and Afghanistan to jobs and the Supreme Court during their second televised debate.

Brown began Monday's match-up by demanding Warren release her personnel records at Harvard University, even as he conceded she is "a qualified academic."

Warren pressed Brown for more information on the clients he represented as a private attorney and said if elected to the Senate, Brown would help fellow Republicans block President Barack Obama's agenda.

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