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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
Credit WAMC

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
Credit Berkshire Environmental Action Team

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
Credit WAMC

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

Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

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

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New England News
8:52 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Massachusetts House Passes Bill To Tighten Gun Laws

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Massachusetts House lawmakers have approved a sweeping bill designed to tighten the state's gun laws.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Interim Superintendent Picked For Burlington Schools

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The Burlington School Board has appointed an interim superintendent after the last one resigned following a report that showed her office had been making budget errors.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Springfield Unity Festival To Celebrate Diversity Through Song

Organizers of the Springfield Unity Festival announce details of the event in front of Symphony Hall. The co-founder York Mayo is at the microphone
Credit WAMC

Plans were announced today for a unity festival this fall in Springfield, Massachusetts. Organizers hope to bring together people from throughout western Massachusetts to highlight the region’s cultural, religious, racial, and age diversity. 

The theme of the festival, scheduled for mid-October, is the promotion of social integration through song.

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New England News
6:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

BMC Now Running Imaging Center At Former NARH

The MRI unit at the then North Adams Regional Hospital taken in October 2013
Credit Paul Hopkins / Formerly of Northern Berkshire Healthcare

Berkshire Medical Center is now running an imaging center at the former North Adams Regional Hospital.

The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays in the same location where radiology services were provided before North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28th. Pittsfield-based Berkshire Medical Center opened a satellite emergency facility at the campus in May.

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