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New England News
9:17 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Poll Shows CT Senate Race All Tied Up

AP

A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows Connecticut's U.S. Senate race remains a dead heat.

Forty-eight percent support Republican Linda McMahon while 47 percent back Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, according to the telephone survey of 1,696 likely voters released Thursday.

Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said both candidates have taken hits from the recent barrage of negative TV ads.

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New England News
9:14 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Boston Man Arrested for Stealing Tree Burls

Patrick Denker Flickr

Police have made an arrest in the mysterious disappearance of burls from trees in Boston parks.

Burls are the giant knots on the trunks of most tree species prized by woodworkers for their intricate grain.

Police went to a Dorchester apartment on Wednesday after a witness reported seeing the man shaving scrap pieces off a burl in a park, then leaving with a chainsaw and entering an apartment building.

The Boston Globe reports that 44-year-old Michael Scanlan is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on a charge of willful and malicious destruction of property.

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New England News
5:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Utility workers to vote on unpopular CL&P contract

Workers at Connecticut's largest utility may inch closer to a strike when they vote today and Friday on a contract offer that the union's leadership has recommended be rejected.

Union negotiators say workers and Connecticut Light & Power are still far apart on staffing and overtime issues.

If workers reject the proposed four-year contract, they will automatically authorize a strike. A work stoppage is by no means certain.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Vermont to Help Communities With Stormwater Runoff

Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources is helping cities and towns control stormwater runoff.

Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears says the state will invest federal money to help communities.

He said in Northfield, for example, officials are considering a proposed biomass plant and a plan to treat resulting wastewater. In Isle La Motte, officials are seeking money for engineering services that might improve stormwater runoff.

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New England News
5:20 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

State Funding Approved To Replace Tornado Damaged School

Modular classrooms located on what was the playground of the tornado damaged Elias Brookings school. The damaged school is in the background
WAMC

The  Massachusetts School Building Authority board voted Wednesday to approve funding for a new school in Springfield to replace one that was severely damaged  by the June 2011 tornado.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

   The board voted to approve a grant  totaling $17.5 million for a new  Ellias Brookings Elementary school in Springfield.  During an earlier visit to Springfield, Massachusetts State  Treasurer  Steven  Grossman, who chairs the school building authority board pledged state money to rebuild the damaged school

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Casino Industry Workforce Development Cost Put At $9 Million

Massachusetts Gaming Commissioners Bruce Stebbins (on left) and James McHugh hold an informal meeting to discuss workforce development for the casino industry
WAMC

A report to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission estimates the state will need to establish a labor pool of 30,000 candidates to fill approximately 10,000 jobs in the new casino industry. Commissioners  will need to establish a plan for workforce development to go along with a master schedule that projects the awarding of casino licenses in the winter of 2014.   WAMC’s  Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
7:34 am
Wed October 3, 2012

CT Says 9% of its Voters are Hispanic

Connecticut's secretary of the state says that Hispanics account for nearly 9 percent of the people registered to vote in the state.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Tuesday that her study of registration data and U.S. Census information on Spanish surnames indicates there are more than 176,000 registered voters of Hispanic origin in Connecticut.

The majority of those voters — roughly 90,000 — are registered as Democrats, while about 14,500 are registered as Republicans.

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New England News
6:25 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Charges to Stand Against Ex-MA Treasurer

Tim Cahill at Mass Mayors Event

A judge has refused to dismiss corruption charges against former Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill, who is accused of airing taxpayer-funded ads for the state lottery as a means of promoting his 2010 independent campaign for governor.

Superior Court Judge Christine Roach on Monday denied Cahill's request to throw out the charges, meaning his trial can go forward. The trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29.

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New England News
8:20 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Report Outlines Casino Industry Workforce Needs

Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Bruce Stebbins and James McHugh listen to a report on workforce development during a meeting at Holyoke Community College
WAMC

A report to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission estimates the state will need to establish a labor pool of 30,000 candidates to fill approximately 10,000 jobs in the new casino industry.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Vermont Board Approves Hospital Budgets

A Vermont board says budgets for Vermont's 14 hospitals for the next fiscal year are not on a sustainable path.

The Green Mountain Care Board says it has approved budgets that will result in a 5.1 percent increase in hospital net patient revenue for fiscal year 2013. The board had set a target increase of 3.75 percent.

Anya Rader Wallack, chairwoman of the Green Mountain Care Board, says the budgets reflect the board's priorities in reducing costs and investing in health reforms, but she says more work needs to be done.

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