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4:42 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Flash And Boom Of Fireworks Return

Fourth of July fireworks have faded from many communities in recent years because of municipal budget cuts, but not in western Massachusetts.

Fireworks will light up the sky over the Pioneer Valley from Northampton to Springfield in the coming days thanks to community groups that in many places have put on the events for decades. Judy Matt, president of Spirit of Springfield said her organization has produced the city’s July 4th festivities for 29 years.

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New England News
8:22 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

UConn Board Approves $1.2 Billion Budget

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The University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a $1.18 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

The budget represents a 4.6 percent increase in spending over 2014 levels and includes a previously approved tuition hike of 6.5 percent.

The budget allows for the hiring of 61 new faculty members, part of a plan approved in 2011 to add almost 300 positions by 2016. The school says the hiring will make classes more available and allow more students to graduate in four years.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

New Website Compares Primary Care Doctors In Mass.

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A new website allows users to compare primary care doctors in Massachusetts.

HealthCareCompassMA is the brain child of Massachusetts Health Quality Partners. Barbara Lambiaso is a senior project manager with the non-profit coalition of physicians, hospitals and patient representatives.

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New England News
5:37 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Venerable Downtown Springfield Eatery To Close

The Student Prince Cafe and Fort Dining Room on Fort Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. The restaurant specialized in German cuisine and was considered by some Springfield's answer to Locke-Ober, the legendary Boston restaurant that closed in 2012.

A landmark restaurant in western Massachusetts is closing.

The Student Prince and Fort Dining Room, a nearly 80 year-old family owned German restaurant in downtown Springfield, will close on June 30th.  The owners said the restaurant is no longer profitable and they want to retire. Mayor Domenic Sarno said he is optimistic about a new owner.

"I get the feeling there are bidders out there who are looking to keep the tradition going."

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New England News
5:28 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Adams Town Admin. Tapped As Berkshire Chamber President

Jonathan Butler
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The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce has named a new president and CEO.

Jonathan Butler will take over for interim president June Roy-Martin the day after Labor Day in September.

Butler will leave his post as Adams town administrator, in which he’s served since 2009, at the end of August.

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New England News
12:49 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Former Mass. AG Harshbarger: Ruling Means Casinos Can Be Stopped

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Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger has been providing free legal advice to those working to repeal the state's casino law. The State Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Tuesday that a ballot question to repeal the law can be placed on the statewide ballot on election day in November. Harshbarger says he was excited and satisfied by the courts decision to allow the vote.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Fate Of Springfield Casino In Hands Of Massachusetts Voters

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When casinos were legalized in Massachusetts three years ago, the mayor of Springfield set off on a high-stakes bid to land a destination resort casino that could transform the city’s economically depressed downtown. Now, potentially within months of a groundbreaking for an $800 million casino, the project is in jeopardy. 

Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy says when he and Mayor Domenic Sarno first talked about the strategy for getting a casino built in the city, they told each other they would remain optimistic and prepared for whatever hurdles came along.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Pittsfield Council Approves Budget, Shoots Down Capital Projects; North Adams Passes Budget

The Pittsfield City Council approved a $141 million operating budget for 2015 Tuesday night, but shot down Mayor Dan Bianchi's $9.5 million capital expense budget.
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The Pittsfield City Council approved a $141 million budget for 2015, but is not seeing eye-to-eye with Mayor Dan Bianchi on capital investments.

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New England News
10:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Bear Kills Dog In Central Connecticut

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A bear attack in Bloomfield, Conn. has left a dog dead.

Police say the black bear was with three cubs when it attacked the Husky outside a home on Duncaster Road in Bloomfield early Sunday morning.

Gerald Hodgkiss told reporters he rushed his dog Shelby to a veterinarian after the attack, but the dog had a broken neck and could not be saved.

Hodgkiss says the bear and the cubs have been sighted several times in the area, and does not want to see them destroyed.

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New England News
10:45 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

War Crimes Suspect Accused Of Bribing Witnesses

Federal prosecutors say a Vermont man accused of committing war crimes in his native Bosnia 21 years ago is accused of trying to bribe alleged Bosnian witnesses.

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