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New England News
2:45 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Massachusetts State Representative David Linsky - Gun Control

Massachusetts State Rep. David Linsky
Credit Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

The gun control debate is about to begin on Beacon Hill in Boston. A state lawmaker will introduce legislation this week that will, among other things, require assault weapons in Massachusetts to remain locked and secured at gun clubs, when not in use by their owners. The legislation is from State House Democrat David Linsky of the 5th Middlesex District. He spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

New England News
11:07 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Williams College Holds Two-Day Celebration for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photographs by Benedict J. Fernandez on display at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

A two-day series of events commemorating the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held at Williams College.

On the Williams College campus, programs were held throughout Sunday and Monday paying tribute to Dr. King. Ranging from a documentary film screening, lectures, a gallery exhibition, and a presentation with local school children, students, faculty and the public took the time to remember and reflect the actions of those in the civil rights era.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Massachusetts Pulls Violent Games from Rest Stops

Massachusetts has removed violent video games from four highway rest stops after a family traveling for the holidays saw a young boy playing one days after the Connecticut school shooting.

Andrew and Tracey Hyams of Newton, and their son, Josh, 12, stopped at a service plaza on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton on Christmas Eve and saw another boy firing a replica machine gun at a screen. The rest stop is about an hour from Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were killed Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary.

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New England News
7:32 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Mass. to revamp retiree health care

Governor Deval Patrick
Credit Dwight Sipler

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick plans to recommend sweeping reforms in health care benefits for retired state and municipal employees, changes that are estimated to save up to $20 billion over the next 30 years.

The recommendations stem from a report due to be released Friday by a special commission that studied the soaring costs of retiree health care.

An administration official familiar with the report said it calls for raising the minimum years of service an employee must have before being vested in the retiree health care system from the current 10 years to 20 years.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Mass. Medical Device Industry Sees Hit from Fiscal Cliff Deal

Industry representatives in Massachusetts are saying that the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff will have an impact on the state’s medical device and advanced manufacturing sector. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council – or MassMEDIC says that the Bay State is home to over 400 medical device companies, and that about 10% of the state’s total exports are medical devices. Many of Western Massachusetts’ high-tech manufacturing jobs are within the medical device industry,

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

Homelessness Declining Among Vets in Mass.

Credit Vera Yu / David Li / Flickr

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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