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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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New England News
4:20 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Former Western Mass. Prep School Campus Donated To Christian University

  The owners of an historic campus in the hills of western Massachusetts announced plans Friday to give it away to Christian college from Arizona that plans to eventually bring 5,000 students in. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
12:08 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Berkshire Youths Visit United Nations on International Day of Peace

A select group of Berkshire youths are attending ceremonies at the United Nations today for the fifteenth observance of the International Day of Peace. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

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New England News
7:56 am
Fri September 21, 2012

MA Senate Candidates Try To Build Off Debate

Incumbent Senator Scott Brown

The candidates in Massachusetts closely-watched U.S. Senate race are hoping to seize the momentum for their campaigns coming off their first head-to-head debate.

Thursday night's match-up had Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren sparring on tax policy, Iran's nuclear ambitions and Warren's claims of Native American heritage.

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New England News
6:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Survey Looks At Reasons For Underage Drinking

David Shankbone

     A new survey of 8th graders in Springfield Massachusetts looked at reasons for underage drinking. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

          25 percent of Springfield high school students  had their first drink before age 13. Peggy Vezina, a consultant working for a coalition formed to combat  underage drinking, said   children reported alcohol is an almost constant presence in their lives

New England News
6:00 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Housing Symposium Sparks Conversation In Berkshire Taconic Region

A housing symposium was held yesterday to address the challenges faced by communities in Eastern New York, Northwest Connecticut, and the Berkshires. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The symposium hosted by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation at the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington laid out a series of housing options for the Berkshire Taconic Region. Jennifer Dowley, President of the Foundation put the familiar problem facing those looking for housing in the area into just a few words:

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WAMC News
5:55 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Bennington College President to Retire

The president of Bennington College will retire at the end of the academic year after 25 years as head of the private, liberal arts college in Vermont.

During her tenure, Elizabeth Coleman has overseen the college's greatest growth period in its 80-year-history.

The institution has raised more than $175 million and constructed six buildings in her 25 years and had an all-time high enrollment of nearly 700 undergraduates and 136 graduate students in the last academic year.

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