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6:25 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Massachusetts Law Targets Gas Leak Danger

A dog searches the rubble of a building destroyed by a natural gas explosion in Springfield, MA on Nov. 23, 2012
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A new law in Massachusetts sets a uniform standard for rating the severity of natural gas leaks and sets a timetable for making repairs.  Governor Deval Patrick publicized the new law at a ceremonial bill signing today in Springfield -- a city still scarred from a natural gas explosion two years ago.

The bill establishes natural gas leak classification standards. It requires the gas companies to repair the most dangerous leaks immediately and produce plans for the timely replacement of aging pipelines.  Repairs must be prioritized if the leak is detected in a school zone.

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New England News
6:24 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Mass. Gov. Patrick Reviewing $36.5 Billion Budget

Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA) was at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield, Mass. Monday to celebrate the state's investments in cultural attractions.
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During an event celebrating the state’s investments in cultural attractions in Pittsfield Monday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said he and his staff are still reviewing the $36.5 million budget state lawmakers approved last week. The spending plan includes increases to the embattled Department of Children and Families as well as state education an

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New England News
5:52 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Group Marching Across Massachusetts Opposing Proposed Pipeline

Roughly 30 people gathered in Park Square in Pittsfield Monday to protest the proposed pipeline.
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Protestors are continuing a march across Massachusetts following the route of a proposed natural gas pipeline. About 100 people started the march Sunday in Richmond.

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New England News
3:32 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Gov. Patrick Lauds State's Investments In Cultural Attractions

Governor Deval Patrick joins local cultural leaders at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield, MA to laud the state's investment in cultural attractions.
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was in Pittsfield this morning to laud the state’s investments in cultural attractions.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Vermont Health Officials Warning Of Measles Spread

The skin of a patient after 3 days of measles infection.
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The Vermont Health Department wants health care providers to be alert for measles because the highly contagious disease has been found in 18 states this year.

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New England News
10:00 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Vermont Governor Challenger Admits Substance Woes

A Republican businessman seeking his party's nomination to challenge Vermont's incumbent Democratic governor says he was arrested twice when he was in college for driving under the influence of alcohol and once for drug possession.

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New England News
3:30 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

State Probe Rules Fatal Police Shooting Justified

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An investigation by the Vermont attorney general's office has ruled a Brattleboro police officer was justified when he shot and killed an unarmed drug suspect during a raid.

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New England News
3:52 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Former Conn. Gov. Rowland Seeks To Limit Details Of Conviction

Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland (R-CT)
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Connecticut’s former Governor John Rowland is seeking to prevent jurors from hearing details of his conviction on a corruption-related charge during his upcoming trial on charges that he tried to create secret consultant roles with two congressional campaigns.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Vermont City Suspends Buffer Zones

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In the wake of last week’s Supreme Court decision striking down Massachusetts’ reproductive facilities buffer zone law, the city of Burlington, Vermont has suspended its buffer zone.

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New England News
4:48 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Feds Give Conn. Another Year On Education Changes

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Connecticut has been given another year by federal education officials to work on school changes, including teacher and principal evaluation.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it approved a February request by Connecticut officials to extend for one year a waiver from some provisions of No Child Left Behind. Waivers also were granted to Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, South Dakota and Virginia.

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