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New England News
10:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Burlington Suspends Enforcement Of Buffer Zones

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In the wake of last week’s Supreme Court decision nullifying Massachusetts’ reproductive facilities buffer zone law, the city of Burlington Vermont is temporarily suspending its buffer zone.

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8:40 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Vermont Lawmakers Seek Own Info On Health Costs

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Vermont lawmakers are going to be taking an independent look at health care costs over the coming months.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

New Smoking Restrictions In Effect In Vermont

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A new law restricting smoking in Vermont went into effect Tuesday. Its provisions include banning smoking in cars when children under 8 are in the vehicle.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Gambling Commission Won't Wait On Referendum For Licensing Decision

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will not delay a decision on awarding the state’s most lucrative casino license until after the state’s voters weigh in on the fate of casino gambling.  It means the locations of proposed casinos will likely be settled by the time voters go to the polls in November.

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New England News
6:08 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Community Sends Message: We Need Full-Service Hospital In Northern Berkshire

More than 100 people packed into the hall at the North Adams American Legion Tuesday night. Former Northern Berkshire Healthcare employees and community members told representatives from the Massachusetts health department and the state's consulting firm what healthcare services they want and need.
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It was standing room only at Tuesday night’s meeting in North Adams as area residents explained what healthcare services they need. The region is currently served by a satellite emergency facility following the March closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

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New England News
4:51 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Donations Flow In For The Mount After Heavy Rain Damage

The Mount's French flower garden after the heavy rain
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Donations are pouring in for The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts after last week’s pouring rain wreaked havoc on the historic gardens at the former home of author and humanitarian Edith Wharton.

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New England News
3:54 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Massachusetts Senate Passes Jobs Bill

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The Massachusetts State Senate has voted 37-1 to pass an economic development package similar to one approved last month by the House. 

  

   The Senate bill would spend $63 million dollars on training programs and incentives to employers to create jobs. Like the house bill it emphasizes workforce training for advanced manufacturing and information technology fields.  State Sen. Gale Candaras  said it aims to grow the state’s economy outside greater Boston.

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New England News
12:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

A Night At Wahconah Park

Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass.
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With summer in full swing, baseball fans across the country are flocking to the ballpark. In Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a city that claims to have made the first written reference to the game in 1791 — when it banned the sport from being played within 80 yards of a meeting house — the destination is Wahconah Park. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spent a night at the storied ballpark now home to the

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New England News
12:10 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Cheshire, Mass. Hopes To Open Washed Out Roads By Fourth Of July

Cheshire, Mass.
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Cheshire, Massachusetts remains in a state of emergency after last week’s heavy rains caused nearly $1 million in road damage.

Portions of Route 116 and Windsor Road have been closed for nearly a week.  Carole Francesconi serves on the town’s Select Board.

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New England News
11:24 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Report: More Than $28 Million Raised For Newtown

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A new report shows more than $28 million has been donated to charities in connection to the deadly 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Of that $28 million, more than $15 million has been distributed.

The unspent funds were set aside by various organizations for long-term community needs, including mental health services, scholarships and memorials.

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