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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

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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.

WAMC News
5:15 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Vermont Village Gets Grant to Conserve Flood Plain

The Vermont village of Jeffersonville has received a $125,000 grant to help buy and conserve four acres of land in a flood plain that had been slated for development.

The land had been picked as a site for a 16-pump gas station and convenience store.

The grant Vermont Housing and Conservation Board grant will help the community buy the parcel for $402,500 to prevent the proposed development.

Village officials say the site is near the confluence of the Brewster and Lamoille rivers and had major flooding in April 2011.

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New England News
4:09 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Analysts Say Massachusetts Economy Is Slowing

A new report says the Massachusetts economy, which had been outpacing the national average, has slipped into a lower gear.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

New England News
12:21 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Berkshire Labor Market Trends Revealed in New Report

Robert Clifford of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston addresses members of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce at the Pittsfield Country Club. 9/27/2012.
Lucas Willard WAMC

Today in Pittsfield, a detailed analysis of the Berkshire County labor market was presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to highlight the changes, strengths, and challenges facing workers and employers in region. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
7:13 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Colleagues Report Being Worried About Chemist's Work

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New documents connected to the Massachusetts drug lab scandal show colleagues of the chemist at the center of it had been concerned for years that she was testing too many samples and doing questionable work.

But police reports obtained by The Associated Press show they either convinced themselves their concerns were invalid or told supervisors who didn't intervene to stop her.

The documents also show Annie Dookhan admitted to police in August that she faked test results, forged signatures and skipped proper procedures.

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New England News
6:15 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Nurses,Hospital Representatives To Talk With Strike Looming

With a one day strike looming, talks are to resume Thursday between unionized nurses and a western Massachusetts hospital.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

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