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12:00 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Report Takes New Look at Role of Public Colleges in Mass.

According to a new report released by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, 1/3 of high school graduates in the Commonwealth are not prepared for college level work. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
5:30 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Casino Opponents Seek Information On City's Consultant

   A political committee, formed to oppose a casino development in Springfield Massachusetts is seeking information about the city’s casino consultant.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

WAMC News
6:20 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Health Quality and Affordability Conference Focuses on Physicians’ Role

A conference is being held Saturday focusing on the role doctors can play in improving health care quality and affordability

Physicians from across Vermont will gather Saturday for the “Making Vermont a High Performance Health System” conference. The meeting will look at physicians’ roles in reducing costs and streamlining health care systems.  Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation Director Dr. Cy Jordan says health care has become much more complex.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Springfield Sets Oct.10 Deadline For Casino Applications

The city of Springfield Massachusetts, Friday, launched a formal casino selection process and set  an early October deadline for casino operators to make their intentions known.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

       Casino operators that want to build in Springfield have until October 10 to file an initial proposal with the city. After a preliminary review, city officials will determine by November 1st  which projects will advance to a more rigorous evaluation that will eventually culminate in a voter referendum on casino gambling in Springfield.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Vermont Town Officials Put at Ease on Disaster Prep

Vermont Yankee
Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

A top official in the southern Vermont town of Dummerston says he's less worried now that he's learned more about preparations for an emergency at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports that Select Board member Tom Bodett had told a panel of state officials earlier this month that the emergency evacuation plan for the area around Vermont Yankee was something "no one really believes in."

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Middlesex Eyed for Temporary Vermont Psych Hospital

The state of Vermont is considering construction of a temporary, seven-bed secure psychiatric facility on state property in Middlesex, to remain in place while a permanent new psychiatric hospital is built in Berlin.

State officials had been looking for locations for such a facility in central Vermont, and had been eyeing a site in Waterbury, but had not been successful in working out an agreement.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Jobless Rate Rises in Vermont in August

Vermont's unemployment rate rose three-tenths of a percent in August.

The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's seasonally adjusted rate for August was 5.3 percent. The rate was significantly lower than the national average of 8.1 percent.

Labor officials said the diverse mix of businesses in Vermont helped insulate the state against some of the economic problems faced by other states.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

U.S. Census Says Vermont Leads in Income Growth

New data out from the U.S. Census Bureau show some improving economic indicators for Vermont.

The annual American Community Survey by the Census for 2011 says Vermont was the only state that showed an increase in median household income from 2010 to last year.

It went from $50,707 in 2010 to $52,776 in 2011, a jump of more than $2,000.

Vermont was listed among the lowest for people living in poverty and for income inequality.

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WAMC News
5:10 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

UVM Says Frat Not Responsible for Rape Survey

The University of Vermont has concluded that a fraternity was not responsible for a survey that asked members whom they would like to rape.

The campus chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon was closed last December and an investigation launched after a student reported the survey to university officials.

UVM said Thursday that the "Sigma Ep as an organization" was not responsible for putting the question in the survey. But other findings could lead to sanctions against the fraternity.

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New England News
4:48 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Arizona School Lands Free Massachusetts Christian Campus

The owners of an historic campus in western Massachusetts have announced they'll give it away to a Christian college from Arizona that plans to eventually host 5,000 students there.

The Green family of Oklahoma, who founded the Hobby Lobby craft store chain, said Friday that they've selected Grand Canyon University as the recipient of the Northfield campus.

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