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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.