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New England News
3:50 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Gov. Patrick To Sign New State Budget

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is set to sign a new state budget.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
3:39 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

PCB Removal in Pittsfield Site to Begin

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

Beginning next week, General Electric will be begin work on removing PCBs from Pittsfield’s Silver Lake. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard…

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Activists Seek Implementation Of Anti-foreclosure Law

WAMC

A federal court ruling clears the way for the city of Springfield Massachusetts to implement a foreclosure ordinance.  Housing rights advocates predict the local law will become a model for other cities and states struggling with the blight caused by foreclosed vacant property.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
7:16 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Sudbury Man Killed by Tree after James Taylor Show

Authorities say a Sudbury, Massachusetts man has died after being struck by a tree while walking back to his car following a James Taylor concert at Tanglewood. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Berkshire district attorney's office announced Thursday that 61-year-old Lester Holtzblatt was struck by a 20-feet section of a dead tree while walking with his wife along a Lenox road at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The death is under investigation but is considered an accident.

New England News
5:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Federal Court Upholds Local Foreclosure Ordinance

WAMC

The city of Springfield Massachusetts is expected to soon implement a foreclosure ordinance now that a federal court has rejected a challenge by the Massachusetts Bankers Association.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

New England News
6:00 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Pittsfield Mosquito - No Human Cases Found

A mosquito infected with West Nile Virus was recently found in Pittsfield. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau chief Lucas Willard spoke with regional health officials to get more information on the disease in the region.

The mosquito carrying West Nile virus was obtained in Pittsfield by the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project and was confirmed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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WAMC News, North Country News
4:58 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Senator Seeks Federal Investigation Into Local Gas Prices

Senator Bernie Sanders

Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders says there’s something wrong at the gas pumps in Vermont’s most populated area of the state. He wants the federal government to investigate why people in the Burlington area are paying much more for gas than other areas of the state.

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New England News
3:58 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Massachusetts Eliminates Item Pricing Requirement For Grocery Stores

lyzadanger

Supermarkets and grocery stores in Massachusetts starting next year will no longer be required to put a price sticker on every item on their shelves.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

 

            The law signed by Governor Deval Patrick permits food stores to stop affixing  prices to individual  items if they install self serve  price check scanners in their stores..  Edgar Dworsky, a consumer advocate who wrote the state’s item priceing law 25 years ago, says the change is a blow to consumer rights.  He says aisle scanners have proven to be very unreliable.

New England News
12:35 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

MassWildlife Citizen Scientists Program Looks to Public For Help

The State of Massachusetts is looking for its residents to take part in monitoring populations of local animals. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

MassWildlife is launching its Citizen Scientists campaign, calling for help from state residents to report populations of 3 animals – wild turkeys, rabbits and bats.

Marion Larson, Outreach Coordinator from MassWildlife, says that by reporting sightings of wild turkeys, which are numerous throughout the region, is part of the state’s  annual Turkey Brood Survey.

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New England News
7:01 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Feds Probe Downtown Forklift Crash in Springfield

Federal safety and health officials are investigating how a forklift plunged through a Springfield sidewalk into a cellar.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The Republican reported that the forklift operator, who was not identified, was hospitalized with minor injuries following the incident on Tuesday.

Fire Commissioner Joseph Contant said the operator was a MassMutual Center employee who had been moving large planters for the Springfield Business Improvement District.

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