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5:08 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Hartford Dumps Public Financing Plan For Stadium

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Hartford officials say they have dropped a $60 million public financing plan for a minor league baseball stadium and will seek private investment instead, following criticism by city residents about the cost to taxpayers.

Mayor Pedro Segarra announced the change Friday. He said the planned move of the New Britain Rock Cats to Hartford in 2016 has sparked interest in redevelopment around the stadium site and $60 million in bonding is no longer needed.

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New England News
4:37 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Mass. Senate Passes Environmental Bond Bill; Includes Funding For Hoosic River Project

Hoosic River
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The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed an environmental bond bill Thursday that includes funding for many projects in western Massachusetts. The four-year, $1.9 billion plan fund projects aimed at land and waterway conservation as well as clean energy initiatives.

If passed, the legislation would provide nearly $9 million for design and construction of the Hoosic River Restoration project in North Adams.

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New England News
4:11 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Talk At Berkshire Community College Will Highlight Cold Cases

Dr. Sarah Stein
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There are more than 185,000 unresolved murders in the United States. A talk this Saturday at Berkshire Community College will focus on how cases go cold and the methods law enforcement agencies use to solve them.

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New England News
12:38 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Chicopee Police Chief Drama Ends

Chicopee Police Chief William Jebb shakes hands with Mayor Richard Kos following the mayor's announcement that he had promoted Jebb to head the police department.
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A saga that has spanned two mayoral administrations in Chicopee, Massachusetts ended Thursday with the appointment of a new police chief.  The new chief will have to run a department that a consultant found to be plagued by internal divisions.

Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos announced the appointment of William Jebb as the city’s new police chief.  Jebb was immediately sworn-in.  Minutes later it was announced that Jebb’s rival for the job, acting chief Thomas Charette, had announced his immediate retirement.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Mass. Gov. Patrick Signs $36.5 Billion Budget

Gov. Deval Patrick speaking at Massachusetts College Liberal of Arts in April
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed a $36.5 billion dollar budget for 2015. 

Patrick signed the spending plan into law at the statehouse Friday morning. Lawmakers sent him the budget for review June 30th, marking the end of the fiscal year. A bill was passed to fund state government during the gap period. The Democrat had ten days to look it over and spoke with WAMC News on July 7th.

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New England News
7:32 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Operations Director Named For UMass Springfield Center

The welcome center for the UMass satellite campus in Springfield opened earlier this year. Classes begin Sept. 2
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The University of Massachusetts has named a Springfield native to run the university’s first satellite campus which opens this fall in a downtown Springfield office tower.

   The newly appointed operations director for the UMass Center at Springfield, William Davilla, said construction is on schedule for classes to begin Sept. 2nd.   Staff is being hired and students are being recruited.

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New England News
6:34 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

BMC Loses Bid To Reinstate Gen. Surgery Residency; Plans To Reapply

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Berkshire Medical Center has lost its bid to have its general surgery residency program reinstated.

The Pittsfield-based hospital has lost its general surgery residency accreditation following a site visit last April that found documentation deficiencies. Program eligibility is determined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, or ACGME.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

EPA Extends Comment Period For Housatonic Cleanup

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation in 2012
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formally extended the public comment period for its cleanup plan of the Housatonic River. General Electric released PCBs into the waterway until the substance was banned in the 1970s.

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New England News
4:28 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Appointment Of New Police Chief Ends Two-year Saga

Chicopee Police Chief William Jebb addresses an audience of about 100 people who attended his swearing-in at Chicopee City Hall. Looking on are Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos, Jebb's wife JoAnne and daughter Kamryn
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A new police chief was sworn into office Thursday in Chicopee, Massachusetts ending a two-year controversy over who should be the city’s top cop.

   Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos appointed William Jebb police chief.  Jebb is a 27-year veteran of the Chicopee Police Department.

    " Public safety is paramount. I am going to work diligently to put my best efforts forward. I know the men and women of the Chicopee Police are up to the challenge," said Jebb.

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New England News
12:59 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Local Media Question Pittsfield's Press Protocol

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City government in Pittsfield is now operating under a new media protocol that has raised transparency concerns among some.

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