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New England News
6:20 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

PVTA Fare Hikes Rejected By Governing Board

PVTA buses in downtown Springfield MA
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Riders of the largest public transit system in western Massachusetts no longer have a possible fare hike looming.  But, the  Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will need more revenue next year to avoid a budget deficit and possible service cuts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

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New England News
3:50 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Report Finds Military Bases Have Huge Impact On Massachusetts Economy

An F15 Jet at Barnes Air National Guard base in Westfield,MA
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A new report details  the  huge impact existing military bases have on the economy in Massachusetts.  The report was prepared as part of an effort to save the state’s six military installations from federal cuts.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

 

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New England News
5:30 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Massachusetts Grants Fund State Parks Improvement Projects

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is funding  a series of initiatives aimed at making public recreation improvements in areas across the state. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Masschusetts DCR recently announced two programs to help upgrade outdoor attractions and state parks. The 2012 Partnerships Matching Funds Program last week awarded $1 million in matching grants to community organizations, private businesses, non-profits, and parks advocacy groups to help fund select improvements. DCR’s Conrad Crawford explains…

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New England News
7:30 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Obama Heads to MA for Fundraisers

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama is stopping in Massachusetts to raise money for his re-election campaign and fellow Democrats.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The president's first event on Monday is a small campaign round-table at Hamersley's Bistro in Boston's South End with 25 people. Tickets cost $40,000 per person.

Obama will later speak to 1,800 people at Symphony Hall in Boston. General admission started at $250 with top seats going for $2,500. A limited number of $144 tickets were available for younger supporters.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Hope Seen For Small Business Growth

A hotel construction project stalled for five years is starting in Chicopee MA
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Leading economists say there is considerable uncertainty weighing heavily on the economic outlook for Massachusetts. But, for now, the state’s economy is doing comparatively well with signs of confidence in the future for small businesses.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

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New England News
4:30 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Massachusetts Officials Present Job Growth Plan

Patrick Administration officials are introducing a long term economic development plan at a series of meetings across the state with local government and business leaders.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

            The plan focuses on workforce development, nurturing  the innovation economy, and empowering communities to develop their local economies.  State Representative Joseph Wagner of Chicopee who chairs the Joint Committee on  Economic Development and Emerging Technologies says local leaders had a say in developing the plan and now have a roll to implement it.

New England News
4:31 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Competing Casino Proposals Possible In Downtown Springfield

Two Massachusetts businessmen, who happen to be brothers, may be competing to build a resort casino in the downtown area of the state’s third largest city.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
7:33 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Massachusetts Casino Panel to Take over Racing Commission

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is holding its first meeting after taking control of the state racing commission.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The new five-member gambling panel is charged with licensing and overseeing up to three casinos and a slots parlor in Massachusetts.

Under the casino law approved by lawmakers and signed by Governor Deval Patrick, the panel is charged with overseeing virtually all gambling in the state, except for the lottery.

That includes taking over the responsibilities of the state racing commission.

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New England News
4:39 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Brown Rejects Kennedy Institute Debate Invite

Senator Scott Brown’s campaign says the Republican incumbent won’t take part in a debate hosted by the Kennedy Institute  and U-Mass Boston.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

New England News
7:18 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Massachusetts Commission to Host Forum on Problem Gambling

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will host a public forum on problem gambling.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Members of the commission, the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Debi LaPlante and other research and gaming experts will be on hand for the commission's fourth public forum aimed at educating the commission and the community about issues associated with the introduction of expanding gambling in Massachusetts.

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