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New England News
5:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Massachusetts Sees Life Sciences Industry Growth

Massachusetts has spent over $300 million in the last four years to boost the life sciences industry with administration officials insisting the initiative has been a great success.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

           Patrick administration officials say the life sciences initiative has so far lured dozens of new companies to the state, and led existing ones to expand.   Brian Jamele of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center says the public money that was spent leveraged almost $1 billion in private investment.

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New England News
4:30 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Falls In May

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts fell to six percent in May, down from 6.3 percent in April.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

New England News
6:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Mass. Legislative Committee Blocks Bottle Bill

Recycling containers used by Springfield MA DPW

A bill that would expand Massachusetts’ recycling laws to include a five-cent deposit for plastic containers for noncarbonated beverages has again failed to pass a committee vote to enter legislative debate, drawing criticism from proponents. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
12:45 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Judith Roberts and Joseph Panzica - Bloomsday

Weighing in at more than 265,000 words,  the novel Ulysses by James Joyce is, to say the least, a literary challenge to those who attempt to read it. The book, published in 1904, has 18 episodes, extending over 700 pages, and has been called dirty, blasphemous and unreadable. It is often a college assignment, but for some students in western Massachusetts seeking their GED, or high school equivalency degree, Ulysses is on the reading list.

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New York News
7:43 am
Thu June 14, 2012

NY Finding Way to Cheer Beer Brewers

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says he expects a deal to be announced soon to maintain a price break for beer, which has helped New York's craft brewers grow. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports…

A Belchertown, Massachusetts brewer had successfully sued to eliminate the price break for its New York competitors.

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New England News
4:30 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Casino Campaign Spending Oversight Sought

        The state's top elections official wants a stronger system of monitoring the hefty sums of cash likely to be spent on influencing future local casino votes in Massachusetts.  WAMC’S Paul Tuthill reports.

        Secretary of State William Galvin urged a legislative panel on Wednesday to support a bill that would require all campaign expenditures made on casino referendums to be reported to the state office of Campaign and Political Finance.

       Currently, spending on local ballot issues must only be reported to the clerk's office in that community.

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New England News
9:36 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Feds Step Up Efforts to Find Stolen Boston Art

Federal investigators say they are launching a public awareness campaign that could include billboards and television ads to help solve the 1990 art heist from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

The campaign could go international and is expected to be similar to the operation that led to the capture of James "Whitey" Bulger.

The Boston Globe reports the campaign will reintroduce the public to the 13 stolen masterpieces, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and Manet, and try to solicit information concerning their whereabouts.

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New England News
12:43 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Two MA Police Officers Being Laid to Rest

Officer Kevin Ambrose
Springfield Police Dept

Two Massachusetts police officers are being laid to rest.

Funerals for Springfield Officer Kevin Ambrose and Rutland Officer Sean Cooney are being held today.

Ambrose was shot and killed while investigating a domestic dispute on Monday. His funeral is at St. Catherine of Siena church in Springfield. Ambrose's pastor from St. Cecilia's Parish in Wilbraham will conduct the service with Springfield Bishop Timothy McDonnell.

New England News
7:10 am
Mon June 4, 2012

MA House to Take Up Health Care Bill

The Massachusetts House of Representatives will be taking up their version of a bill that aims to lower unnecessary health care costs in the coming years.

State representatives will begin debate Tuesday on their health care cost containment bill and its multiple amendments.

The House's bill is designed to even out disparities in the costs of hospital services by requiring hospitals that charge more than 20 percent above the state median price for a service to pay a 10 percent surcharge into a fund to help support hospitals serving the poor and most vulnerable.

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New England News
7:49 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Gay Rights Activists Praise Federal Appeals Court Ruling

Gay rights activists in western Massachusetts are hailing the ruling by a federal appeals court in Boston that found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

Brenda Lopez of Springfield says the federal statute that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman is rooted in bigotry.

“If in fact you’re going to defend a marriage, you need to defend all marriages.”

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