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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Obama Signs Investor Visa Bill Seen Key in Vermont

Senator Patrick Leahy

Senator Patrick Leahy is hailing legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama that is expected to be key to a series of big economic investments in northern Vermont.

Leahy has been a key backer of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center program, and Obama on Friday signed a three-year extension of the program.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Barre, Vermont Police Probe Assault on Deputy Sheriff

Police in Barre are looking for a man who fled the scene after nearly running down a sheriff's deputy who was working on a traffic control detail.

Barre police say the deputy was working a traffic detail at the intersection of Washington and Academy streets early Friday when a white Subaru Impreza came toward the deputy and forced him to jump into his cruiser to avoid being hit.

The car then hit a utility pole and the driver jumped out and fled. The sheriff tried to pursue the man, but was limited by his own injuries suffered by jumping out of the way.

New England News
4:34 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Connecticut to Make Applications for Medical Marijuana Available Oct. 1

Connecticut patients suffering from certain debilitating medical conditions will soon be able to apply to receive medical marijuana.

Starting Monday, the state Department of Consumer Protection will have an application available online. To qualify, a patient must be at least 18 years old and a state resident. A physician must initiate the registration process and certify their patient meets the medical prerequisites.

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New England News
4:22 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Chemist In Massachusetts Drug Lab Scandal Arrested

Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley announced the arrest of former drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan

The chemist at the center  of the Massachusetts drug lab scandal was arrested Friday. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

   34 year old Annie Dookhan is facing two counts of obstruction of justice, felonies, which if found guilty could result in a 20 year prison term.  Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said Dookhan’s alleged actions corrupted the criminal justice system and restoring public trust will take time.

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New England News
4:20 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Vermont Veterans Home Avoids Funding Cuts

The Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, VT, previously at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal funding has had that funding restored after a passing inspection. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington was faced with a choice this month: fix deficiencies outlined by Vermont’s Division of Licensing and Protection, or lose all federal funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – or CMS.  If the funding were cut, Vermont’s Finance Commissioner said the state would not be able to pick up the bill.

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New England News
3:45 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Help Offered To Homeless Veterans In Western Massachusetts

Veterans seek help at the "Western Massachusetts Stand Down" held in the Greek Cultural Center at St.George's Church in Springfield MA
WAMC

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it is making progress in reducing the number of homeless veterans in the country. But the critical need was evident at an event Friday in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

   Hundreds of veterans looking for help filed into a church social hall for an opportunity to speak with representatives from more than 60 agencies and programs, including health care providers, counseling services, and housing specialists.  There were free meals and each could leave with a bag of clothes.

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New England News
7:38 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Mohegan Sun Lays Off 300 in CT, Replaces CEO

AP File Photo

The chief executive of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority says the Mohegan Sun casino is laying off more than 300 employees and replacing its CEO.

Mitchell Etess tells The Day of New London (http://bit.ly/QXYt7n) Thursday that Jeffrey Hartmann will be replaced by Bobby Soper, CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

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New England News
6:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Wellness Initiative Receives $2 Million From CDC

A portion of a federal grant to promote physical activity will be used to expand rowing programs on the Connecticut River in Springfield MA
WAMC

The  Federal Centers For Disease Control has awarded a $2 million dollar grant for a wellness initiative in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC”S Paul Tuthill reports

   The money will fund several efforts designed to improve access to healthy food and physical activity. The Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club   will expand its biking programs and rowing on the Connecticut River. Club president Jonathan Moss says they’ll partner with pediatricians who have patients that need to burn calories.

WAMC News
6:20 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

More than a Half-Billion Dollars in Economic Development Initiatives Announced

Senator Patrick Leahy at economic development announcement
WAMC

Vermont’s governor, state officials, the state’s Congressional delegation and the owners of the Jay Peak Ski Resort announced nearly 850-million dollars in economic development initiatives that will lead to at least five thousand jobs in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

State Street Corp and UMass Amherst Begin Career Program

A major Boston based  financial services company and  UMass  Amherst  are launching a job training program for students.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

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