New England News

New England News
7:33 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Massachusetts Casino Panel to Take over Racing Commission

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is holding its first meeting after taking control of the state racing commission.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The new five-member gambling panel is charged with licensing and overseeing up to three casinos and a slots parlor in Massachusetts.

Under the casino law approved by lawmakers and signed by Governor Deval Patrick, the panel is charged with overseeing virtually all gambling in the state, except for the lottery.

That includes taking over the responsibilities of the state racing commission.

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New England News
6:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Brown Agrees to Debate with Warren

BOSTON (AP) — US Senator Scott Brown has agreed to a third debate with Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

Brown campaign manager Jim Barnett says the Republican has accepted an invitation from a consortium of Boston media outlets.

The announcement came one day after Brown's campaign declined an invitation to participate in a debate proposed by the widow of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

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New England News
12:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Springfield Transportation Hub Project Recieves Funding

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Plans to make Springfield, Masscahusetts a regional transportation hub have taken a step forward with federal approval of $17 million for the city's Union Station redevelopment.

The city's chief development officer tells The Republican that the $17 million is the final piece of the $45 million total project.

The Springfield Redevelopment Authority said Tuesday that demolition on the project is expected to start in October or November.

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New England News
5:12 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Regional Veteran's Benefit Centers Recieve Part of $15 Million Federal Grant

The US Department of Labor’s Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program has  awarded $15 million to veterans benefit programs across the country, including one-and-a-half million in Massachusetts alone. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at how the grants will affect the region.

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WAMC News, North Country News
5:08 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Business Survey Indicates Growth in Optimism

A new survey finds increased optimism over Vermont’s economic future.

The Vermont Business Roundtable released the results of it most recent CEO Economic Outlook Survey on Tuesday assessing the 6 month economic outlook of 120 company leaders across Vermont. The key findings from the second quarter of 2012 found an expected 7-percent increase in stable company sales; an expected 5-percent increase in stable capital spending and an expected five percent decrease in stable employment levels. King Arthur Flour CEO Steve Voigt is Chair of the Business Roundtable.

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New England News
4:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Finance Control Board For MBTA Proposed

A bipartisan group of  Massachusetts State  Senators is proposing a new  governing board for the MBTA to go along with a $50 million  financial bailout.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

           

            State Senator Gale Candaras of Wilbraham says the MBTA, which operates public transit in the greater Boston area, should not get any more money unless management changes.

New England News
6:25 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Possible Transit Fare Hikes Protested

People in downtown Springfield MA protest possible public transit fare hikes
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The Massachusetts legislature is considering a stop gap funding bill to help out the state’s transit authorities.  People who depend on public transportation hope it will be enough to avoid fare  hikes.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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WAMC News, North Country News
5:07 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Report Criticizes Potential Tar Sands Pipeline

Environmental groups in Maine and Vermont have issued a report critical of what they say is a potential plan for tar sands oil to be piped across northern New England.

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New England News
4:39 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Brown Rejects Kennedy Institute Debate Invite

Senator Scott Brown’s campaign says the Republican incumbent won’t take part in a debate hosted by the Kennedy Institute  and U-Mass Boston.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

New England News
12:30 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

New School Superintendent Introduces Improvement Plan

  A new superintendent has been selected to lead the second largest public school system in Massachusetts.   The next  superintendent of schools in Springfield Massachusetts is a home grown product,  as we hear from WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

        Daniel Warwick, who started his career in education in 1976  as a teacher in the Springfield Public Schools, became a principal, a special education  supervisor, and eventually deputy superintendent, has been picked to be the  troubled urban school districts new chief administrator.

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