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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
WAMC

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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New England News
5:30 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Massachusetts Grants Fund State Parks Improvement Projects

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is funding  a series of initiatives aimed at making public recreation improvements in areas across the state. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Masschusetts DCR recently announced two programs to help upgrade outdoor attractions and state parks. The 2012 Partnerships Matching Funds Program last week awarded $1 million in matching grants to community organizations, private businesses, non-profits, and parks advocacy groups to help fund select improvements. DCR’s Conrad Crawford explains…

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New England News
5:23 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

High Season for Honeybees

Beekeeping has become a surprisingly fast growing hobby in Massachusetts, despite a time of overall lower honey production caused by new diseases affecting hive populations, and uncooperative weather. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look and filed this report…

President of the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association Dan Conlon has seen some funny business in the honey business this year.

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New England News
4:33 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Superintendent Of Springfield Schools Named Deputy State Education Commissioner

Alan Ingram
Springfield Public Schools

The outgoing superintendent of schools in Springfield Massachusetts has been hired as a deputy commissioner with the Massachusetts Education Department.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Budget Cuts Hit Springfield Libraries

Three branch libraries are scheduled to close at the end of this week in Springfield Massachusetts because of budget cuts. Library advocates have mobilized to try to stop the closures.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

            About 50 people held a rally outside the  East Forest Park library branch to protest plans to close it.

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New England News
7:57 am
Mon June 25, 2012

CT Officials Seek to Stop Student Loan Increase

Several members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are calling for a stop to a planned interest rate increase on student loans.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

U.S. Representatives Joe Courtney and Rosa DeLauro will be joined by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal for a news conference Monday at the Legislative Office Building. They're trying to draw attention to how the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans is set to jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1.

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