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6:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Casino Developer Signs Union Only Work Agreement

Ameristar owns this 41 acre property on Springfield's east side where it hopes to build a resort casino
WAMC

Ameristar Casinos has signed an agreement to use union construction workers on the resort casino it hopes to build in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

New England News
8:00 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Mass. Magic Store Owner Makes Customer's Cash Disappear

The owner of a Massachusetts magic store has been sentenced to two years in prison for making more than $560,000 disappear from a longtime customer's credit card account. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Harry Levy of Lexington was also sentenced in federal court in Boston on Thursday to two years of probation and was ordered to pay full restitution.

Prosecutors say the 61-year-old Levy tried to cover up the fraud by lying to federal investigators and submitting false records to the grand jury.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

As Economy Struggles Union Leaders Work For Democratic Votes

The Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO Labor Breakfast held at the Castle of Knights, Chicopee MA
WAMC

Union officials who gathered in western Massachusetts Friday for a Labor Day observance said they were energized by President Obama’s  Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.  The task for the labor leaders now is to convince union households not to desert the  Democratic party as the economy continues to struggle.  WAMC”S Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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WAMC News
5:55 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Supporters Hope to Restart VT-NH Bridge Project

A bridge replacement project linking Vermont and New Hampshire is a step closer to approval.

An environmental assessment has been completed and sent to federal authorities on a proposed Route 119 replacement bridge that would span the Connecticut River and connect Hinsdale and Brattleboro along the New Hampshire-Vermont border.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the assessment looked at how water quality, wetlands, and historical resources would be affected by the project. Officials are examining its location near a gas company tank farm.

WAMC News
5:40 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Brattleboro Student Appointed to Vermont Board of Education

Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed a Brattleboro Union High School student to the Vermont Board of Education.

Lachlan Francis of Putney is a junior at the school. He has been active in sports and civic organizations and has worked as a farmhand and a camp counselor. Francis also has traveled to Cuba.

He will serve as a non-voting member this year, and become a voting member during his second year on the board.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Vermont Progressives Say They Will Focus on Legislative Races

For all the debate in recent days around a recount in the Vermont Progressive Party's gubernatorial primary, party leaders say they want to keep their focus on winning more seats in the state House and Senate.

Party Chairwoman Martha Abbott appears to have won the Aug. 28 primary by one vote over write-in candidate Annette Smith, but Smith is seeking a recount.

Abbott responded to her apparent win by declining the nomination and saying she wants Progressive support to go for incumbent Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin.

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New England News
4:49 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

MA Senate Candidates Spar Over Jobs Numbers

A weak jobs report is providing fodder for Massachusetts’ contested U.S. Senate race, with each candidate using the numbers to fault their rival. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Republican Senator Scott Brown says the addition of just 96,000 jobs across the country in August shows the economy is weighed down by skyrocketing debt and the threat of tax hikes.

He says his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren would make the problem worse by pushing for higher taxes.

Warren faults Brown for voting against bills she says would have supported thousands of jobs in Massachusetts.

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New England News
4:42 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Neal Defeats Opponents in MA Democratic Primary

The results of the Massachusetts Democratic primaries are in, and incumbent Congressman Richie Neal has won the seat 1st Congressional District seat held by retiring Congressman John Olver. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Springfield Congressman Richie Neal faced off in a three-way race for the democratic nomination against former state senator Andrea Nuciforo, Jr. of Pittsfield, and Alford writer & activist Bill Shein. With all 277 precincts in the newly drawn 1st Congressional District reporting, Neal won handily with roughly 65% of the vote.

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New England News
4:02 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Scholars Believe They Have Second Known Photo Of Emily Dickinson

Scholars believe this is Emily Dickinson ( on the left) in a photo taken in 1859
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections and the Emily Dickinson Museum

Scholars at Amherst College believe a local collector may have obtained what would be just the second known photo of reclusive poet Emily Dickinson. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

The college says a collector who wishes to remain anonymous bought the photo in 1995 in Springfield and brought it to the college in 2007. They say they've been researching it since. It was shown publicly last month.

The photo from 1859 appears to show Dickinson sitting next a friend.

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WAMC News
12:25 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

New Vote Tally Leaves One Vote Difference in Progressive Primary and Criticism

The Progressive Party is a major party in Vermont, and the recent gubernatorial primary has resulted in a recount request from a write-in candidate and criticism from Republicans over how the state is handling the vote count.

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