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3:50 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Summer Program Aims To Boost Reading Skills

Classroom activity at Dorman Elementary School in Springfield MA is part of a summer literacy program for children from SHA Robinson Gardens
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A special summer camp opened today for children from two public housing developments in Springfield Massachusetts.   As WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill tells us the camp is part of an innovative early literacy program.

 

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New England News
6:30 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Grant To Help Laid Off Massachusetts Workers

A new federal grant aims to help Massachusetts workers who have been affected by layoffs. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill Reports.

The U.S. Labor Department says nearly $2.7 million will be available to assist 345 Massachusetts workers affected by layoffs at a  half dozen large companies, including Fidelity Investments, Sun Life Financial, and National Grid.

The grant money, which was awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development, will provide job search and support services, as well as employment-related assistance.

New England News
6:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Effects of Healthcare Reform on Berkshire County

The Federal Health Care Law has people divided across the country, but how will it affect access to care in Massachusetts -a state with its own insurance mandate in place since 2006? WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Chip Joffee-Halpern, executive director of Ecu Healthcare – a private organization in North Adams that connects citizens with health care options – says that the Affordable Care Act will help fill in some of the gaps in coverage for those who may be ineligible for Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Care – but can’t afford their own coverage.

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New England News
2:30 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Healthcare Law Now An Issue In Massachusetts Senate Race

The US Supreme Court’s historic decision on the national healthcare law has injected what could prove to be a pivotal issue into the US Senate race in Massachusetts.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

            Both Republican Senator Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren can use the healthcare reform issue to rally their bases and raise money, according to political consultant  Tony Cignolli.

New England News
2:04 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

MA Environmental Groups Worry Over Endangered Species Ammendment

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Environmentalists in Massachusetts are concerned over a controversial bill they say could effectively eliminate endangered species protections in the State. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard Reports…

Sponsor of Senate Bill 1854, Gale Candaras says that the rumors and ideas circulating about her proposal to enforce landowner protections by amending the state’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species laws are misleading.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Higher Fees And Taxes Sought To Balance Budget

The city of Springfield Massachusetts will enter a new fiscal year this Sunday, July 1st, with a budget that officials describe as “ austere” and “ bare-bones”.  It is also a budget that remains out of balance, as we hear from WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Paul Tuthill..

 

            The $551.8 million dollar  budget will cut more than 100 city jobs, cause three library branches to close, take a fire department ladder truck out of service, and result in reduced repairs and maintenance of streets, sidewalks and parks.

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New England News
5:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

More State Funds Announced For Tornado Cleanup

State officials have announced grants for two western Massachusetts communities to help with on-going restoration work from last year’s tornadoes.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

New Budget Passed In Springfield Massachusetts

The city council in Springfield Massachusetts has approved what officials described as an  “austere”  budget for the fiscal year that starts Sunday, July 1st.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

 

            The  $552 million dollar budget proposed by Mayor Domenic Sarno  was approved by a vote of 7 to 5 with no additional cuts in spending.   City councilor Kenneth Shea said to cut city services deeper than what the mayor has proposed would be unpalatable to most residents and businesses.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Hospital Chief Says Supreme Court Ruling Makes Future Clearer

A room in the newest wing at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA
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The head of the biggest hospital group in western Massachusetts says the Supreme Court’s ruling on the health-care reform law removes uncertainty.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

            Over the long run, the healthcare system in the United States will be dramatically restructured, says Mark Tolosky, President CEO of Springfield based Baystate Health. But he’s worried  in the short term because half the estimated $1 trillion to pay for the health-care law is to come from reduced payments to doctors and hospitals.

WAMC News, North Country News
5:59 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Reaction to Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Decision in Vermont

The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act is welcomed in Vermont, where efforts to transition to a single payer system relies on funding in the law.

Vermont is trying to build the first single payer health care system in the country.  Governor Peter Shumlin says the Supreme Court decision means the state will be able to use 400-million dollars a year in federal subsidies to help pay for low and middle income insurance programs.

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