The candidates for governor of Massachusetts will meet in Springfield tonight in the only western Massachusetts debate before Election Day. Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley, independents Evan Falchuk, Jeff McCormick and Scott Lively, and Republican Charlie Baker will take part in the hourlong debate. The latest polls show Coakley and Baker in a neck-and-neck race. Baker spoke today with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.
The city of Pittsfield is holding a second community conversation tonight in the wake of a gang-related shooting in August. The broad-daylight shooting happened near a busy intersection during the morning rush hour and involved two teenagers, sending one to the hospital.
The Massachusetts doctor who was cured of the deadly Ebola virus, which he contracted while working in Liberia, said the odds are good he will return to that country.
Dr. Rick Sacra appeared cheerful and energetic as he spoke at a news conference in Worcester Friday, one day after returning home from the Nebraska Medical Center, where he had been treated for three weeks.
"Thank God to be home, and to be well," said Sacra.
An annual two -day cleanup of trash along the length of the Connecticut River is underway. The sponsors of the event, the Connecticut River Watershed Council are using this year’s cleanup to promote policies and legislation to keep waste from ending up in local waterways. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the organization’s executive director Andy Fisk.