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New England News
5:51 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Homelessness Declining Among Vets in Mass.

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Yesterday, Lieutenant Gov. Timothy Murray announced that from January 2010 to January 2012, Massachusetts saw a drop in its homeless rate among veterans by 26%. That national rate of decline for the same period was 17%.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Federal Grants Assist Extended Learning Programs in Mass.

A series of federal grants aimed at supporting additional learning time have been awarded to schools and other education organizations across Massachusetts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program, or CCLC, was created in 2001 through the Federal No Child Left Behind Act. And very recently, winners in Massachusetts were announced to use award money to increase learning time, in an effort to improve student achievement.

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New England News
4:46 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

New Law Will Expand Virtual Schools in Massachusetts

Virtual Schools primarily teach students in online classrooms. And while many traditional schools use online teaching materials to broaden instruction, a virtual school usually operates for students unable to attend a regular school.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Patrick-Murray Admin. Announces Millions in Job Training Grants for Mass.

A series of state-funded grants recently announced by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick aims to create hundreds of jobs and train thousands of workers in the Commonwealth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Announced by the Patrick-Murray Administration, the wave of grants through the Workforce Training Fund aims to boost the Massachusetts economy by providing job training to over 6,300 workers, and producing an estimated 682 jobs. The $6.8 million is being divided among 87 companies in a variety of fields across the Commonwealth.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Mass. Legislative Leaders Eye Gun Laws in New Session

Massachusetts already has some of the nation's toughest gun laws, but legislative leaders see room for improvement.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday asked Jack McDevitt, an associate dean at Northeastern University, to lead a special commission on gun violence, with a possible focus on keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

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New England News
2:44 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Mass. Smoke-Free Advocates Saw Big Gains in 2012

Great Barrington, Mass. is including smokeless electronic cigarettes with traditional tobacco products in prohibition from use in certain areas.

In 2012 communities across Massachusetts have taken strides to limit tobacco use in public places and businesses. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard takes a look at what some communities are doing to reduce smoking, and what some hope to achieve in the new year…

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New England News
9:00 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Bank of America Will Close More Branches in Mass.

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Bank of America Corp., the biggest bank in Massachusetts, plans to close four more branches in the state in March.

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New England News
12:22 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Massachusetts' "New Economy" Ranks First in Nation

Massachusetts has once again been recognized as the number one state in the US for its “New Economy.” WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Mass. Gov. Seeks New Gun Control Laws in Wake of Conn. Shooting

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is renewing pressure on state lawmakers to pass a bill placing further restrictions on access to guns in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Patrick's bill would restrict licensed gun owners to purchasing one firearm a month.

The bill would also clamp down on so-called "straw purchasers" who buy guns legally and then resell them to convicted felons and others barred from owning guns.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Former Clerk Charged with Stealing Thousands from City of Westfield, Mass.

A former clerk in the Westfield, Massachusetts collector's office has been charged with embezzling $110,000 from the city.

A formal complaint against Susan Duffy was filed in federal court yesterday. She is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of embezzlement and false income tax reporting.

She was hired by the city in April 2005 and fired in February 2011 when the alleged embezzlement was discovered.

The city hired an independent auditor, who confirmed the missing funds.

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