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4:31 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

UMass Amherst Replacing Book Store With Amazon

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UMass Amherst will replace its on-campus textbook store later this year with a virtual store operated by Amazon.

  Under a five-year contract Amazon will provide online textbook ordering through the UMass Amherst website, operate an on-campus pick up location and provide free delivery to off campus addresses in Amherst and five surrounding communities.  UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said the change is being made to save students money.

  "Up to about $380 annually per student based on national estimates of what students pay for books," said Blaguszewski.

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New England News
2:15 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Former Gov. Deval Patrick To MIT

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed on to be a visiting fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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New England News
12:09 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Five-Year Ban On Casino Jobs Proposed For Springfield Elected Officials

MGM plans to start construction this year on an $800 million casino and hotel in downtown Springfield.
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The Springfield, Massachusetts city council is considering an ordinance that would put restrictions on public officials obtaining jobs at the new MGM casino being built in the city.

Under a proposed municipal ethics ordinance, the city’s elected officials—the mayor and 11 city councilors – would be barred for at least five years from obtaining a job at the MGM casino after leaving the city’s employment.  Non-elected officials who are considered “major policymakers” would face a two-year ban.

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New England News
11:30 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Vermont Releases Lists Of Top Delinquent Taxpayers

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Vermont Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson says that if the state collected all the delinquent taxes owed by the top 100 individuals and business tax debtors it would add $25 million to state coffers.

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New England News
10:46 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Berkshire DA Capeless To Take Oath Of Office Tuesday

Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless
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Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless is scheduled to take the oath of office marking the start of his third full term Tuesday.

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New England News
8:45 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Review Vermont Campaign Law

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Attorney General William Sorrell calls it a good day for Vermont. That's his reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court turning aside a challenge to Vermont's campaign finance law, letting a lower court's decision stand.

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New England News
7:02 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Barrington Stage's 2015 Season Features Comedy And Classics

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Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company has announced its 2015 season lineup which features a wide range genres mixed between plays and musicals. 

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New England News
6:14 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Baker Administration Tours Soldier On Discussing Veterans' Needs

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker speaking at Solider On in Pittsfield.
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During a visit to western Massachusetts over the weekend, Governor Charlie Baker and members of his administration met with veterans and staff at Solider On’s housing and care facility in Pittsfield.

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New England News
6:11 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Massachusetts Doctor Who Survived Ebola Returning To Africa

Dr. Rick Sacra and his wife Debbie discuss his plans to return to Liberia where he was infected with Ebola last August. Sacra was cured and is now immune to the disease

The Massachusetts doctor who was cured of the deadly Ebola virus is going to return later this week to West Africa to work in the missionary hospital where he was infected.             

 Four months after he was declared Ebola-free, and with his strength and stamina now back, Dr. Rick Sacra will leave Thursday for Liberia, where he had spent much of the last two decades working for a missionary organization.

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New England News
4:40 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Williamstown Man Arraigned On Firearm Charges

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The Williamstown man accused of carrying a loaded handgun while intoxicated on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus has been arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court.

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