New England News
12:26 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Report: Colleges Are Leading Forces In Reducing Driving

Bike sharing is becoming increasingly available on college campuses and in urban areas nationwide.

A recent study shows universities are among the leading forces in an effort to reduce urban driving.

The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, or MASSPIRG, has released a report titled “A New Course.” MASSPIRG attorney Kirstie Pecci says colleges are leading forces in efforts to reduce driving.

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New England News
6:33 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Massachusetts Voters May Decide Bottle Bill Expansion

A coalition that includes environmentalists, consumer advocates, and municipal officials is making another push in Massachusetts to update the bottle deposit law.

Three decades after Massachusetts voters approved a nickel deposit on cans and bottles of soda and beer, a question may appear on the 2014 ballot to include bottled water, teas, and sports drinks in the beverage deposit law.   Secretary of State Bill Galvin has certified the possible ballot question received more than the nearly 69,000 valid signatures required.

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New England News
6:34 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Report Shows Link Between Mobile Technology and Public Transportation

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A recent study finds internet and social media use could be linked to a decline in private, personal transportation.

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New England News
8:50 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Report: Driving Boom Is Over

Credit MassDOT 511 Traffic Camera

A new report from the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group highlighting the decline in the average number of miles driven by the average American is supporting the call for investments in public education in the commonwealth.

The report released by the MASSPIRG Education Fund titled “A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America’s Future” says that on average, the amount of miles driven by Americans has been on the decline for the past eight years.

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New England News
12:09 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Annual Report Informs Parents of Dangerous Toys

Parents can use a cardboard toilet paper tube to determine if a toy presents a choking hazard.
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The United States Public Interest Research Group has released its 27th annual report detailing unsafe toys and how parents can protect their children from dangerous products on store shelves. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Yesterday, the US PIRG Education Fund Released the 27th annual Trouble in Toyland Report. Across the country, coordinators discussed the report, shared safety guidelines for consumers purchasing toys for young children and provided examples of toys on store shelves that could present safety hazards.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Bottle Law Expansion Dumped By Conference Committee

  Legislation to expand the 30 year old bottle deposit law in Massachusetts to include noncarbonated beverages won’t make it to the desk of Governor Deval Patrick this year..  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Massachusetts Auto Insurance Rates Rise

Auto insurance rates in Massachusetts are climbing higher. Drivers are starting to see their premiums go up four years after rates dropped when the state partially de-regulated the auto insurance business.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

        Many of the largest auto insurance companies doing business in Massachusetts have raised rates in each of the last two years.  The insurers are faced with rising costs for claims from car crashes, thefts and injuries, according to James Harrington, of the Massachusetts Insurance Federation.

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