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New England News
8:27 am
Mon April 9, 2012

MA Governor Preps for Visit by President of Brazil

Governor Deval Patrick is planning to welcome the president of Brazil to the Massachusetts Statehouse.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

President Dilma Rousseff is scheduled to arrive at the Statehouse on Tuesday.

Patrick said members of the public who want to greet Rousseff are encouraged to arrive at the Statehouse steps at about 11 a.m.

Patrick said the visit is a result of his nine-day trade mission to South America in December that included tours of Chile and Brazil.

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New England News
8:18 am
Fri April 6, 2012

MA AG Coakley: Go Slow on Pilgrim Plant Renewal

Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed an appeal challenging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to go ahead with hearings to grant a new 20-year license extension for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The appeal challenges the decision to continue the relicensing process for the Plymouth-based nuclear power plant before considering what Coakley said are lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.

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New England News
8:07 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill on Energy Costs

The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously passed a bill that aims to curb energy costs while requiring state utilities to buy more renewable power.   WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The bill passed Thursday requires utilities to enter long-term contracts with renewable power companies for 7 percent of their energy supplies, up from 3 percent.

The companies must competitively bid for the contracts, instead of one-on-one negotiations allowed now. And a state payment to utilities that agree to the deals drops from 4 percent of the contract's annual value to 1 percent.

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New England News
9:04 am
Thu April 5, 2012

AGs to Congress: Reverse Citizens United Ruling

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has joined 10 other attorneys general in calling on Congress to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United campaign finance case.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

In a letter dated Wednesday, the attorneys general urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution overturning the ruling.

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New England News
8:42 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Former MA Treasurer Cahill Faces Arraignment

Ex-state treasurer Timothy Cahill and two former aides are scheduled to appear in court to face ethics charges.  WAMC's Tristan O’Neill reports...

Cahill will be arraigned later today at Suffolk Superior Court.

He’s facing public corruption charges for his alleged role in orchestrating an advertising campaign for the state lottery, funded with taxpayer dollars. Prosecutors said the television ad was really intended to boost Cahill's failed 2010 campaign for governor.

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New England News
8:40 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Former MA Treasurer Cahill Indicted on Corruption Charges

Former Massachusetts State Treasurer Timothy Cahill has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from his failed run for governor in 2010.   WAMC's Paul Tuthill reports…

The charges against Cahill announced Monday by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley allege that he directed the Massachusetts State Lottery to use $1.5 million in taxpayer funded advertising to promote his gubernatorial bid...

"We allege that's an unwarranted, unfair, and unlawful advantage and it's criminal in Massachusetts."

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New England News
12:49 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Gov. Patrick Pledges Agasinst "Stand Your Ground" Laws

Highlighted by the national controversy surrounding February’s shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, Gov. Patrick announced on his monthly radio show this week that he would not allow any law to be signed similar to Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

A bill presented by Democratic Senator Stephen Brewer of Barre and supported by over two dozen Massachusetts legislators is now reaching the state’s Joint Committee on Judiciary. The bill has failed to pass the committee before.

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New England News
8:01 am
Fri March 30, 2012

MA Senior Citizens Protest Proposed Cuts to Elder Nutrition Program

Senior citizens staged a protest at the Massachusetts Statehouse Thursday over a proposed budget cut for the elder nutrition program.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports…

The elderly activists rallied to urge legislators to reject Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed $1.5 million cut to the senior meals program.  The governor’s proposal would mean the number of meals served to seniors next year would be slashed by 25%, or 240,000 meals.

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New England News
5:44 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Massachusetts Housing Market Improves

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors, which tracks monthly home sales data in the Commonwealth, recently announced that home sales are up over 26% from the same time last year, marking the eighth month in a  row of year-over year increases.

President of the MAR Trisha McCarthy says there are a number of factors that point to why home sales in the past year are up in Massachusetts…

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