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New England News
12:45 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Springfield Casino Vote Expected In 8 Months

City of Springfield

The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts has outlined a process he intends to follow to evaluate competing proposals from casino operators anxious to build high end gaming, entertainment and hotel complexes in the city.  It’s a process that will lead to a binding voter referendum this Spring.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Massachusetts Legislative Session Seen As Business Friendly

   The Massachusetts Legislature during the course of its just concluded two year session passed some key measures affecting businesses. On the whole the session was seen as beneficial to the state’s business climate.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

New Job Training Program For Precision Manufacturing Announced

A jobs training program aimed at the so-called “skills gap” is being launched in western Massachusetts.  It’s a new effort to help the unemployed acquire the skills needed to land a job in the growing field of precision manufacturing.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Jobs Bill Provides Funds For Research Grants At UMass

    The Massachusetts legislature has passed a bill designed to spur economic development and create jobs.  It should also provide a boost to the national research profile for the University of Massachusetts flagship Amherst campus.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Activists Campaign For Bottle Bill Update In Massachusetts

      Environmental and consumer rights activists are hopeful of  getting a  bill that would update the Massachusetts bottle deposit law through the legislature after 14 years of frustration.  Opponents are pushing a  new  argument, claiming an expanded bottle deposit is a tax.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Unemployment Rates Rise In Most Mass. Local Labor Markets

The Massachusetts economy,  which had been growing at a much faster rate than the nation’s as a whole is showing signs of slowing.  Experts believe the Baystate is being buffeted by forces beyond its borders.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

   A new report from the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Tuesday, said seasonally unadjusted  unemployment rates  rose in a majority of the state’s 22  local labor markets in June, reflecting a statewide slow down in permanent hiring.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Casino Consultant Predicts "Significant Interest" In Springfield

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have signaled they are ready to get serious with potential casino developers.  The city has hired a Chicago based law firm to serve as its gaming consultant.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Report Ranks Massachusetts Municipalities For Solar Power Development

Part of a solar array in Holyoke MA.
WAMC

A new report highlights the  30 fold growth in solar power in Massachusetts in just five years. The report ,released Tuesday, by an  environmental advocacy group ranks each of the state’s cities and towns for solar power development.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
6:30 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Traveling Employment Office For Veterans Stops In Western Mass.

A mobile job store for military veterans at a job fair in Chicopee, MA
WAMC

                Military veterans who risked their lives for their country are having an increasingly difficult time finding a job when they return home.  Local organizations with help from federal agencies are trying to help unemployed veterans find jobs in western Massachusetts.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

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New England News
8:34 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Jobless Rate Ticks Down in Region in May; RI Leads

New England's unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth of a percentage point in May and is near its lowest level since January 2009.  WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday the jobless rate in the region was 6.8 percent last month, down from 6.9 percent in April. Officials say it has fallen 1.1 by percent in the last year.

The national rate is 8.2 percent.

Rhode Island has the highest unemployment rate in the region, at 11 percent, and the second highest in the United States. Nevada's is 11.6 percent.

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