Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Congressional Corner with Richard Neal - Part 1

    The number of craft breweries has exploded in recent years. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is working on a tax change for such breweries.

New England News
6:30 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Changes Sought To Massachusetts Wiretap Law

Martha Coakley

The state’s top law enforcement official, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says when it comes to communications technology criminals have the upper hand because the state’s current wiretap law has not been upgraded since 1968.

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New England News
8:02 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Sen. Warren "disappointed" in filibuster changes

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
Credit WAMC

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's disappointed Senate leaders weren't able to come up with tougher changes to the filibuster rule that allows minority parties to bottle up legislation.

The Massachusetts Democrat had vowed to join with other Democrats to limit use of the filibuster — a move she said would help break gridlock in Washington by curbing the ability of Republicans to block votes.

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New England News
8:34 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Mass. GOP wants to make tax hikes harder to pass

Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA
Credit Mark Crawley / Flickr

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Republicans are proposing new rules that would make it harder to pass tax hikes or dip into the state's rainy day fund.

As part of a package of rules changes, the GOP wants to require two-thirds votes for all tax increases or withdrawals from the stabilization fund.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Trial in Mass. Foster Care Abuse Suit Begins

BOSTON (AP) — Testimony has begun in a class-action lawsuit alleging that thousands of Massachusetts children in foster care have been abused and neglected.

The first witness Tuesday was a young woman who spent years in multiple foster homes.

Lauren James said she often did not get enough to eat, was forced to scrub floors and prescribed up to five psychiatric drugs at a time.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Uptick In Massachusetts Unemployment Rate In December

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts rose a tenth of a point in December to 6.7 percent reflecting an economy that is still sluggish.

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts has gone up slightly, or has  steady in each of the last six months. Over the last 12 months, the unemployment rate is down just two tenths of a percentage point, according to a report from state labor officials.  Kevin Lynn, business manager at the Future Works Career Center in Springfield said both job openings and hiring activity dropped in December.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Mass. Advocates, Lawmakers Want Action on Mental Illness in Next Session

In the weeks following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn, politicians and pundits across the country have been searching for a solution to help prevent a similar tragedy from occurring in the future – and in the neighboring state of Massachusetts, lawmakers and advocates are hoping that a discussion on mental health issues can be made a priority in the next legislative session. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more...

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Massachusetts Gov. Announces Changes to Cabinet

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says four cabinet secretaries departing his administration all left on their own and would have been welcome to stay for the final two years of his term.

Patrick officially announced Thursday that Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan, Administration and Finance Secretary Jay Gonzalez and Education Secretary Paul Reville, will leave next month.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Patrick-Murray Administration Reveals New Water Conservation Guidelines

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration has released a new framework to help protect water resources in the Commonwealth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

This week Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and its agencies released a new set of guidelines that promise to manage water consumption to maintain and conserve healthy rivers and streams.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Massachusetts Breweries

Our next guest has a tough job - and I would do it is a second. John Holl travels the country chronicling the story of American beer for his website www.beerbriefing.

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