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3:54 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

New Authority To Operate Springfield Middle Schools

Kiley Middle School in Springfield, MA is one of 8 city middle schools that will be run by a public-private partnership.
Credit WAMC

In a first of its kind collaboration in Massachusetts, eight struggling middle schools in Springfield are going to be run by a partnership of state and local education officials and an independent advisor.

   The Springfield School Committee has signed an agreement to turn budgeting and staffing decisions at the 8 schools over to a public-private partnership called the Springfield Empowerment Zone.  Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno, who described the move as bold and innovative, said the new operating authority won’t take full charge of the schools until the next academic year.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Mass. War Memorial Tower To Undergo More Repairs

Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

A beacon to Massachusetts’ veterans hobbled by years of extreme conditions is set to shine bright once again.

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New England News
11:12 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Examiner: Pittsfield Shooting Death Linked To Blood Clot Caused By Wound

Credit wikipedia.org

The Goshen, Massachusetts man shot in Pittsfield’s Big Y parking lot in November died of a blood clot caused a gunshot wound to his leg, according to Massachusetts’ chief medical examiner.

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New England News
11:10 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Governor Says Power Outages Could Last Until Weekend

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says it could be the weekend before all electric customers have their power back following a two-day storm that dumped heavy, wet snow across the state.

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New England News
8:40 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Widespread Fairpoint Internet Outage In New Hampshire And Vermont

FairPoint Communications says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance led to a loss of high-speed Internet service for thousands of customers in Vermont and New Hampshire.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

MASS MoCA's Season Lineup Features Performance Range And Return Of Solid Sound

MASS MoCA executive director Joseph Thompson announces part of the museum's winter/spring 2015 lineup, including the return of Wilco's Solid Sound Festival June 26-28.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

As MASS MoCA embarks on another major expansion, the contemporary art museum announced its winter/spring performance and visual arts lineup.

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New England News
4:46 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

WMECO And NSTAR Workers Heading To VT To Restore Power

Credit Facebook: Western Massachusetts Electric Company

Utility workers from Western Massachusetts are heading to Vermont to help crews there restore power to more than 22,000 customers after a Nor’easter blanketed the area with heavy, wet snow.

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New England News
4:24 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Property Tax Rate Vote Delayed In Springfield

Springfield City Council President Mike Fenton

Property owners in Springfield, Massachusetts will have to wait a few more days to find out what they’ll be paying in taxes next year.

A delay in state certification of the city’s assessed property values prompted City Council President Mike Fenton to postpone until Monday a vote to approve new residential and commercial tax rates.  Fenton said he expects once the council does vote it will be great news for tax payers.

" The city council is going to be in a position to reduce both the rate for residents and the rate for businesses," Fenton said Thursday.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Vermont GMO Supporters Decry Federal Bill Targeting State Level Legislation

Credit Vermont Right to Know Coalition

A hearing of the subcommittee on Health of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce was held in Washington Wednesday regarding a federal bill that, if passed, would pre-empt Vermont’s new GMO food labeling law. Supporters of Vermont’s law are protesting what they say is an effort to deny citizens access to information.

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New England News
12:14 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline Route Moves North

Kinder Morgan's revised route for it's proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline

The energy company wishing to build a natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts recently altered its route after political and public outcry.

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