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6:20 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

PVTA Fare Hikes Rejected By Governing Board

PVTA buses in downtown Springfield MA
WAMC

Riders of the largest public transit system in western Massachusetts no longer have a possible fare hike looming.  But, the  Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will need more revenue next year to avoid a budget deficit and possible service cuts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Study Reveals Impact of Arts on Pittsfield

Over the past 5 years, Pittsfield has had several economic investments in the arts. As WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, a new study details the financial impact on the city…

 The study was conducted by American’s for the Arts – a national non-profit that advocates for advancing arts and cultural programs.  The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV economic study looked at 182 different communities across the country over a five-year period, Pittsfield was the only in Massachusetts to participate.

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New England News
5:28 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Methadone Clinic In Pittsfield Stalled Again

A company seeking to open a heroin addiction treatment clinic in downtown Pittsfield has been halted once again. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has the story…

The proposed methadone clinic owned by Worcester-based Spectrum Health Services Inc. will need to find a new location in Pittsfield after the owners of the property under consideration declined to rent use of the facility located in a residential neighborhood in downtown Pittsfield.

Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi spoke Tuesday night at a City Council meeting about the new development.

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New England News
4:51 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Judge Hears Challenge To Anti-foreclosure Ordinances

A foreclosed house in Springfield MA
WAMC

A federal judge heard final arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit brought by six banks seeking to overturn two anti-foreclosure ordinances in the city of Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
8:34 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Jobless Rate Ticks Down in Region in May; RI Leads

New England's unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth of a percentage point in May and is near its lowest level since January 2009.  WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday the jobless rate in the region was 6.8 percent last month, down from 6.9 percent in April. Officials say it has fallen 1.1 by percent in the last year.

The national rate is 8.2 percent.

Rhode Island has the highest unemployment rate in the region, at 11 percent, and the second highest in the United States. Nevada's is 11.6 percent.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Report Finds Military Bases Have Huge Impact On Massachusetts Economy

An F15 Jet at Barnes Air National Guard base in Westfield,MA
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A new report details  the  huge impact existing military bases have on the economy in Massachusetts.  The report was prepared as part of an effort to save the state’s six military installations from federal cuts.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

 

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12:30 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

City Budget Passes

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington, Vermont City Council has unanimously passed the city’s fiscal year 2013 budget.

Mayor Miro Weinberger’s fiscal plan balances the budget without a tax increase.  Moody’s last week downgraded the city’s debt rating due to concerns over lawsuits regarding Burlington Telecom and the liquidity of the city’s enterprise operations. Mayor Weinberger says steps were taken in the budget to address the downgrade.

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New England News
7:36 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Brown, Patrick Weigh In on Immigration Law Ruling

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

U.S. Senator Scott Brown and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick are weighing in on a Supreme Court decision throwing out provisions of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The court also upheld the law's "show me your papers" requirement that police to check the status of people stopped for various reasons who might appear to be in the U.S. illegally.

Brown called the ruling another reminder that the federal government needs to deal with the nation's broken immigration system and that the first step is securing the border.

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New England News
7:08 am
Tue June 26, 2012

CT State Police Leaders Face No Confidence Vote

The results of a no confidence vote against Connecticut state police leaders by state troopers are set to be announced.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Officials with the National Troopers Coalition are scheduled to count the ballots Tuesday morning and announce the results around mid-day. Ballots were mailed to more than 1,000 state police union members earlier this month and were due back Monday afternoon.

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New England News
4:30 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Redevelopment Work Continues In Historic City Neighborhood

Work continues on Mass. state government data center in Springfield
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A major project will bring aesthetic improvements to a Springfield Massachusetts neighborhood where a $110 million state government data center is nearly complete.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports..

            Portions of the historic Armory-Quadrangle neighborhood will have streets repaved, sidewalks replaced,,new  lighting and greenspaces paid for with $1.6 million in federal money secured as earmarks by Congressman Richard Neal.

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