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6:15 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

First Massachusetts Casino License Expected In February 2014

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission at a meeting in Springfield on Sept. 11, 2012
WAMC

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tuesday set the end of February 2014 as the outside date for awarding the first casino license in the state.    WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill reports..

   The state’s gaming industry regulators discussed a master schedule which commission chairman Stephen Crosby described as prudent.

The background checks on the casino license applicants is the most time consuming part of the schedule, pegged to take a minimum of six months. The draft master schedule calls for the investigations to begin in January.

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5:40 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Vermont Town Creates Community Forest

The Vermont town of Canaan has taken ownership of 424 acres to create a community forest.

Vermont Public Radio reports town officials say the property will be used for a variety of economic, educational, recreational and conservation purposes. For example, it will generate income through sustainable timber harvests and provide an outdoor classroom for local schools.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Burlington Makes Bid for Hydro Plant

Burlington, VT City Hall
WAMC

Burlington's City Council has voted to reserve first-option rights on the purchase of a hydro plant on the Winooski River.

The Burlington Free Press reports that means the city's Electric Department will pay a $100,000 deposit to the private owners of the 7.3 megawatt Winooski One plant.

That deposit would either apply to the purchase price, or be returned if city voters don't authorize funds for the deal.

The full price of the three-turbine facility hasn't been determined.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

General Dynamics Lays Off 50 in Vermont, 30 in Maine

General Dynamics is laying off about 50 employees in Vermont and 30 in Maine.

Company communications director Karl Johnson attributes the layoffs to the company completing its work on special armor for military vehicles and a decline in demand for guns.

He says the cuts will be to both hourly and salaried employees in administrative, engineering, management and manufacturing support.

The layoffs will be in Williston and in Saco, Maine.

WAMC News
5:10 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Vermont Weak in Funding for Higher Ed

University of Vermont

A new national ranking puts Vermont dead last in per-student funding at its one publicly supported research university.

The National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation, says per-student state funding at the University of Vermont declined from $4,653 in 2002 to $3,482 in 2010.

But officials at the University of Vermont say the statistic might be skewed by the rapidly growing student body in recent years. The school has grown in the past decade from fewer than 8,000 undergraduates to more than 10,000 as of last year.

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New England News
4:45 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Civil Rights Organization Warns Churches Of Potential For Hate Crimes Tied To Election

Fire destroys the Macedonia Church of God In Christ in Springfield MA on Election Night 2008
Springfield Fire Dept

Civil rights leaders in Springfield Massachusetts ,where a black church was burned four years ago, are urging local churches to take precautions as election day approaches.    WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
4:05 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Mass. Officials Warn of Phone Scam

The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation says residents who get a call from someone claiming to be from the agency asking for money are being scammed.

The agency said Tuesday a woman called them last week to say she had received a voice mail from a man who said he was from the office.

The woman called the number back and was told she had won $300,000, but would have to send in a $360 check for "insurance." She was told once the check was received, winnings would be transferred to her. She hung up.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Connecticut River Cleanup Is Scheduled For Sept. 29

Over 1800 people will fan out across hundreds of miles this Saturday to clean up trash and debris along the Connecticut River and its tributaries.  It is the 16th annual “ Source to Sea Cleanup” organized by the Connecticut River Watershed  Council.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the council’s Outreach and Events Director, Angela Mrozinski.

New England News
7:55 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Closed MA Crime Lab Could Taint 1,100 Inmates' cases

AP File Photo

Massachusetts officials say they have identified more than 1,100 defendants serving state sentences based at least partly on drug tests by a chemist accused of failing to follow protocols and mishandling samples in a now-closed state drug lab.

David Meier, an attorney appointed to help sort through the legal quagmire, released the number on Monday. Officials say chemist Annie Dookhan was involved in testing more than 60,000 drug samples involving about 34,000 defendants.

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New England News
7:23 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Mass. Health Officials Confirm Second Death From EEE

Massachusetts health officials confirm a second death from mosquito-borne Eastern equine encephalitis and a new case that brings the summer's total to seven.

The health department also confirmed two new West Nile virus cases Monday, bringing that total to 19, triple last year's.

The new EEE case is a Plymouth County boy under 18 who is recovering. The new West Nile cases are men in their 50s, a Boston man who is hospitalized and a Hampden County man who has recovered.

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