Tristan O'Neill

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WAMC News
6:37 am
Wed April 11, 2012

WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap

Well Arkansas has fired head football coach Bobby Petrino…

Athletic director Jeff Long said Petrino knowingly misled him, the school and the public when he initially lied about the circumstances surrounding his motorcycle accident on April 1.

Petrino said he was alone at the time of the crash.  But in fact he was with football department staffer Jessica Dorrell, with whom he’d been carrying on an inappropriate relationship. 

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New England News
9:13 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Prosecutors to Recommend Sentence in Terror Case

Prosecutors are set to make their sentencing recommendation for a Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to help al-Qaida.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury was convicted in December of traveling to Yemen to seek training in a terrorist camp with the intention of going on to Iraq to fight U.S. soldiers.

His lawyers say he should not be sentenced to more than 6 ½ years in prison. They say he never ended up receiving terrorist training, never provided any funds or weapons to al-Qaida and never actually threatened U.S. security interests.

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Hudson Valley News
9:11 am
Tue April 10, 2012

NY State Parks Ban Smoking at Playgrounds, Pools

The state is creating smoke-free areas outdoors at New York state parks and historic sites, including around playgrounds and pools. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports…

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says Monday the smoke-free zones will be around recreation areas, including beaches and picnic shelters. The agency operates 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

Parks officials say that will protect children and others from the dangers of secondhand smoke and reduce litter from discarded cigarettes.

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New England News
9:06 am
Tue April 10, 2012

MA Lawmakers Plan Hearing on Pot Question

Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to hold a hearing on a ballot question that would legalize the medical use of marijuana.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The ballot question would allow patients with debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis to get permission from their doctors to use marijuana.

The plan also calls for the state to register up to 35 nonprofit medical treatment centers around the state to distribute the marijuana.

Attorney General Martha Coakley has certified the initiative to appear on the November ballot.

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Capital District News
9:03 am
Tue April 10, 2012

NY Will Inspect Bus Lines with Poor Records More

One of the smallest and most overlooked items in New York's new state budget just could be a life saver. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports...

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature agreed to devote $1 million to change the way buses are inspected in New York following a bloody year on the road.

Instead of inspecting every bus several times a year, the state will switch to a "performance based" system in which companies with the worst safety records will be inspected more.

All companies will still get at least two inspections a year, even those with top safety records.

New England News
8:59 am
Tue April 10, 2012

MA Casino Panel to Hold First Meeting

The five-member panel that will oversee casino gambling in Massachusetts is set to be sworn in and hold its first official meeting.   WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the state Gaming Commission in Boston includes a number of administrative matters, including the election of a secretary and treasurer, the hiring of staff and the choosing of a law firm and outside gaming consultant.

The commissioners are also expected to adopt a mission statement and discuss several other matters, including ethics rules.

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WAMC News
8:07 am
Tue April 10, 2012

WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap

Well the Yankees and Red Sox both picked up their first wins of 2012…

Last night in Baltimore, Ivan Nova allowed two runs on ten hits over seven strong innings, as the Yankees clipped the Orioles 6-2, averting the franchise’s first 0-4 start since 1973.     

In Toronto, Ryan Sweeney singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, as the Red Sox rallied to beat the Blue Jays 4-2, avoiding the first back-to-back 0-4 starts in team history. 

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WAMC News
8:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast

Listen to Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional forecast.  Paul Caiano is a meteorologist at WNYT Newschannel 13. He graduated from SUNY Albany in May of 1993 with a B.S. in the field of Atmospheric Science/Meteorology.

New England News
8:59 am
Mon April 9, 2012

MA Casino Commission Schedules First Meeting

The state's new casino commission is planning its first public meeting as it gears up to tackle the task over overseeing the massive new gambling industry envisioned by the 2011 casino law.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold the meeting tomorrow on the third floor of the campus center at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

The commission's chairman is Stephen Crosby, who worked most recently as dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass-Boston.

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North Country News
8:35 am
Mon April 9, 2012

VT House Prepares for Redistricting Fight

The Vermont House is expected to be the scene of some heated debate Tuesday over a plan to redraw legislative district, with a focus on where district lines should be drawn in the city of Burlington.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Redistricting is done every 10 years after the census shows where population shifts have occurred in the state. Both the House and Senate have been working to make sure the boundaries of their districts result in every Vermont voter getting roughly equal representation in Montpelier.

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