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New England News
8:27 am
Mon April 9, 2012

MA Governor Preps for Visit by President of Brazil

Governor Deval Patrick is planning to welcome the president of Brazil to the Massachusetts Statehouse.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

President Dilma Rousseff is scheduled to arrive at the Statehouse on Tuesday.

Patrick said members of the public who want to greet Rousseff are encouraged to arrive at the Statehouse steps at about 11 a.m.

Patrick said the visit is a result of his nine-day trade mission to South America in December that included tours of Chile and Brazil.

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WAMC News
7:26 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast

Listen to Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional forecast. Updated every weekday morning. 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.

WAMC News
7:17 am
Mon April 9, 2012

WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap

Well Bubba Watson beat Louis Oosthuizen by a stroke on the second playoff hole to win the 2012 Masters...

Trapped among the trees 155 yards from the hole and unable to see the green, Watson hit a huge hook Sunday and landed the ball safely on the 10th green. Watson two-putted for par, which was good enough when Oosthuizen bogeyed the hole. That gave Watson his first major victory.

Phil Mickelson, Peter Hanson, Lee Westwood, and Matt Kuchar finished in a four-way tie for third at 8-under. Tiger Woods finished the tournament 5-over.

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New England News
8:21 am
Fri April 6, 2012

CT On Track to be 17th State Sans Death Penalty

Connecticut is on track to become the fifth state in five years to abolish the death penalty amid what supporters say is a growing national sentiment against executing prisoners.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The state Senate approved a repeal bill 20-16 early Thursday. It now goes to the House of Representatives, where lawmakers say the legislation has strong support.
Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy has said he will sign it into law.

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New England News
8:18 am
Fri April 6, 2012

MA AG Coakley: Go Slow on Pilgrim Plant Renewal

Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed an appeal challenging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to go ahead with hearings to grant a new 20-year license extension for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The appeal challenges the decision to continue the relicensing process for the Plymouth-based nuclear power plant before considering what Coakley said are lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.

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New England News
8:07 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill on Energy Costs

The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously passed a bill that aims to curb energy costs while requiring state utilities to buy more renewable power.   WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The bill passed Thursday requires utilities to enter long-term contracts with renewable power companies for 7 percent of their energy supplies, up from 3 percent.

The companies must competitively bid for the contracts, instead of one-on-one negotiations allowed now. And a state payment to utilities that agree to the deals drops from 4 percent of the contract's annual value to 1 percent.

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WAMC News
7:16 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast

Listen to Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional forecast. Updated every weekday morning. 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.

WAMC News
6:35 am
Fri April 6, 2012

WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap

Well the first round of the Masters is in the books...

Yesterday in Augusta, Georgia, England's Lee Westwood fired an opening round 4-under-68, and holds a one-shot lead over South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen and Sweden's Peter Hanson.  Tiger Woods opened with an even par 72.  Three-time winner Phil Mickelson is at 2-over.

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New England News
9:04 am
Thu April 5, 2012

AGs to Congress: Reverse Citizens United Ruling

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has joined 10 other attorneys general in calling on Congress to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United campaign finance case.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

In a letter dated Wednesday, the attorneys general urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution overturning the ruling.

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North Country News
8:58 am
Thu April 5, 2012

VT House Panel Nixes Senate Vaccination Change

A Vermont House committee has reversed a Senate action and reinstated the philosophical exemption for parents who don't want to meet requirements that their kids get vaccinations before attending school or child care.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The Senate passed a bill — hotly opposed by some parents — that ended the philosophical exemption that allowed parents to let their children skip some or all immunizations on a state Health Department list of those kids should get before attending school.

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