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New England News
10:25 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Report: Ozone pollution still a problem in MA

More than a third of Massachusetts residents live in a county with failing air quality, according to a new study. WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill has more…

A report by the American Lung Association found that of the 12 Massachusetts' counties with air quality monitors, five have improved their grades for ozone pollution while six received an F.

Those counties that improved the ozone grade include Berkshire, Barnstable, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk,

Those counties receiving an "F'' for ozone pollution include Hampden, Hampshire, Worcester, Essex, Dukes and Bristol.

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New England News
8:15 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Hearing Set in Case Against Ex-MA Treasurer

A hearing is scheduled in the case against ex-state Treasurer Timothy Cahill and two of his former aides.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Cahill is accused of airing taxpayer-funded ads for the state lottery as a means of promoting his own unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2010. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Scott Campbell, Cahill's former top aide, and Alfred Grazioso, the lottery's former chief of staff, have also pleaded not guilty.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court. It wasn't known if Cahill would attend.

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Around the Nation
8:14 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Settlement Clears Path For Cross On Sunrise Rock

Back in 1934, veterans of World War I put up a memorial in the Mojave Desert, setting a cross on what's known as Sunrise Rock. Private citizens have always maintained the cross even though it was on federal land. But the memorial has sparked debate for years. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Park Service will give the property to Henry and Wanda Sandoz in exchange for land they own elsewhere.

Capital District News
7:49 am
Wed April 25, 2012

NYS Assembly Advances Campaign Finance Reform

The State Assembly has introduced a bill to permit for the first time in New York State  voluntary public financing of some election campaigns.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports...

The Assembly bill would offer an optional public financing system for campaigns for state legislative and statewide offices, giving candidates six dollars for every one dollar in contributions. It is modeled after the New York City system and would be financed, in part, through a $5 check off option on state income taxes.  

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North Country News
7:46 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Bid to Pass Marijuana Decriminalization Fails in VT

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Backers of marijuana decriminalization have failed in their effort to bring the measure to the full Vermont House for a vote.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

The measure had been held up in the House Judiciary Committee, with House Speaker Shap Smith opposed to it.

On Tuesday, Representative Oliver Olsen, a Jamaica Republican, called for a vote in the House to pull the bill out of committee and bring it to the floor for debate. That motion failed on a vote of 119 to 21.

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New England News
7:44 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Reports Indicate MA Real Estate Market Is Rebounding

Two new reports suggest the long downturn in the real estate market in Massachusetts may be over.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

Home sales rose by more than 19 percent in March compared to a year ago, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Warren Group, a Boston company that tracks real estate data.  With a total of 3,205 homes sold across the state, it was the best March since 2007.  The spring before the recession hit, home values sunk and unemployment rose. 

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Around the Nation
7:15 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Va. Woman Wins Powerball Twice In Same Day

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 8:10 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. We know the odds of winning a million dollar Powerball jackpot - one in five million. But what are the odds of winning that jackpot twice in one day? That's just what Virginia Fike said to herself when she accidentally bought to Powerball tickets instead of one. Whatever they are, she beat the odds. Her five lucky numbers brought her a double win. And last Friday she was handed a check for $2 million. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:02 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Heisman Winner RG3 Immortalized In Chicken

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 8:10 am

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Capital District News
7:01 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Morning headlines with Judy Patrick of the Daily Gazette

Judy Patrick

WAMC's David Guistina gets the morning headlines from Judy Patrick, managing editor of the Daily Gazette.

WAMC News
7:00 am
Wed April 25, 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.

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