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8:30 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

House Passes Final Approval Of Water Cleanup Bill

Lake Champlain
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The Vermont House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that raises $8 million for efforts to clean up Lake Champlain and other waters of the state.

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New England News
7:45 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Merging Vermont School Districts Clears Final House Vote

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It's on to the Vermont Senate for a plan to streamline Vermont's school districts from nearly 300 to 50 or 60.

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New England News
4:41 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

MCLA Taps Potsdam, Cortland Grad As Athletic Director

Laura Mooney starts as athletic director at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts April 6th.
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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has selected its next athletic director.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Vermont House Gives Preliminary Approval To Water Quality Bill

Osmore Pond
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The Vermont House gave preliminary approval Wednesday evening to a measure designed to clean up pollution in all of the state’s waterways.

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New England News
12:34 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Update: Lenox School Evacuated Because Of Threatening Message

Lenox Memorial Middle and High School was evacuated Thursday morning after staff noticed a threatening message left on the school’s voicemail system. All sports practices held at the school are cancelled through Friday, a scheduled day off.

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New England News
12:21 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Simon's Rock, Burlington College Among Schools Being Federally Monitored For Finances

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Update: On March 31, the U.S. Department of Education released a financial watch list with some 560 institutions. On April 3 the department removed 12 institutions from its heightened cash monitoring list including Bard College at Simon's Rock and Sterling College. The department's changes can be reviewed here.

The U.S. Department of Education has included a number of regional schools among roughly 560 institutions on a financial watch list.

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New England News
7:35 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Boston Olympic Boosters Host Springfield Meeting

An artist's rendering shows an Olympic stadium in what is now a light industrial area in Boston.
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The group behind the bid to bring the Olympics to Boston is hosting a public meeting Thursday night in western Massachusetts.

Boston2024 is holding a community meeting at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield starting at 6:30 pm to give people a chance to ask questions and offer suggestions about the Olympic bid.   

Political consultant Tony Cignolli said there is skepticism about the Olympics because of the Big Dig, the Boston project that picked the pockets of western Massachusetts taxpayers.

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New England News
10:30 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Report Says Vermont's Small School Districts Are Costly

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The Vermont Agency of Education has released a study that shows that the state's small school districts are costlier than other districts and provide fewer educational opportunities.

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New England News
8:40 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Vermont House Endorses Mandatory School District Mergers

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The Vermont House has endorsed a bill that would require many school districts in the state to merge with their neighbors.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Volunteers Will Participate In Repairing 20 Homes In Poor Neighborhood

Curtis Vaughn in front of his home on King St. in Springfield, MA. His is one of 20 homes that will undergo extensive repairs as part of a neighborhood revitalization project organized by a national nonprofit
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A national non-profit announced plans today to repair and spruce up 20 homes on one street in Springfield, Massachusetts.  It is the third year of a 10-year plan designed to revive the housing stock in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States.

   The two story house at 124 King Street that was purchased by Curtis Vaughn’s grandparents in the 1920s  needs a lot of work.  But Vaughn, who lives in the house with a son and a daughter, said at age 82 he is unable to do the repairs himself and can’t afford to hire contractors.

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