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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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