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12:20 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Tourism Officials Optimistic About Fall Foliage Season

WAMC

The seasons, and the foliage, is changing.  Tourism officials are optimistic that the fall color will help make up for losses last year.

Last autumn, Vermont and northern New York were recovering from Tropical Storm Irene. Publicity kept some leaf-peepers away, and many businesses are hoping for a rebound this year.  Vermont Department of Tourism And Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith says fall foliage is a crucial season for the state’s economy.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Holyoke City Hall Hires Literacy Coordinator

Holyoke Early Literacy Coordinator Andrew Melendez
WAMC

    The latest results of standardized tests taken by Massachusetts students were a mixed bag.  The  2012 MCAS scores were the highest in the 14 year  history of the test.  Education officials say the achievement gap is closing between minorities and whites.  But early childhood education advocates decry the lack of progress in third grade reading, which is a strong predictor of future success in school. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

  

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New England News
7:22 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Hometown Honors For Ex-SEAL Killed in Libya Attack

Glen Doherty
AP

Family, friends and neighbors are preparing to honor a former Navy SEAL killed in last week's attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.

A wake is planned Tuesday afternoon for Glen Doherty at St. Eulalia Parish in his home town of Winchester. Gov. Deval Patrick is among the hundreds of people expected.

The 42-year-old Doherty and three others, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, died in the attack. They were honored by President Barack Obama at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Friday. Doherty was a private security contractor.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Connecticut Utility Workers Say Staffing is Inadequate

More than 150 of Connecticut Light & Power's unionized linemen say staffing levels at the electric utility are inadequate and are putting workers at risk.

The union, which has been without a contract since June, says the utility has about 400 linemen, fewer than it had last October when a snow storm left tens of thousands of customers without power for days.

Tricia Taskey Modifica, a spokeswoman for the utility, says staffing levels are on par with other utilities across the nation, and says hundreds of crews are brought in from out of state when an emergency strikes.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Groups Praise Federal Suicide Prevention Efforts

Groups in Massachusetts are praising the Federal government’s announcement last week to enhance suicide prevention efforts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Roberta Hurtig, Executive director of Boston-based Samaritans, is an advocate for suicide prevention. Part of the work that Samaritans does, which has eight-community based prevention centers in Southern New England, is provide hotline support for at risk individuals. Hurtig says prevention hotlines have demonstrated the importance of intervention.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Dedication Set After Expansion at Vermont Health Center

Vermont officials are celebrating the completion of a $1.2 million expansion at the Plainfield Health Center.

On Monday, the health center unveiled its new facilities, which will house more mental health services — including psychiatrists — space for yoga classes and to store a mobile dental program.

The 5,000-square-foot building was paid for by $988,000 federal stimulus funding and about $200,000 raised locally.

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New England News
5:31 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Pittsfield to Begin Charter Review

A special committee has been selected to review Pittsfield’s city charter, and the process of updating the document will begin later this week. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Pittsfield’s city charter has remained nearly unchanged since 1932, and now, 80 years later,  city officials say that the antiquated governing document requires some modern updates. Pittsfield mayor Dan Bianchi proposed an update in April of this year, 3 months after he took office.

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New England News
5:25 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Campaign Committee Formed To Oppose Casino Vote

Springfield MA is a hotbed of casino competition

    A campaign committee has been created to oppose the development of a resort casino in Springfield Massachusetts.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill  reports.

   A Springfield attorney, Michael Kogut, filed legal paperwork with the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office to register a political committee, called  “ Citizens Against Casino Gaming”  The committee will begin to raise  money in a bid to defeat a casino question if and when it gets to the ballot in Springfield. Kogut  knows they’ll be no match, financially ,for the casino lobby.

WAMC News
5:05 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Winooski Roundabout Most Crash-Prone in Vermont

The once-lauded roundabout that was built in downtown Winooski as part of one of Vermont's most ambitious downtown redevelopment projects now has the distinction of being the most crash-prone intersections in the state.

Traffic planners and local officials say that among the roundabout's challenges are that it is unusually large, has several side streets entering it and has pedestrian stop lights.

WAMC News
4:45 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Vermont Sheriff Gets Education Grant for Young Drivers

The Caledonia County Sheriff's Department and St. Johnsbury Police Department are going to teach young Vermont drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.

The departments have been awarded an educational grant through Vermont Governor's Highway Safety Program and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Over the next year, the two departments will develop and carry out a distracted driver program in Caledonia County high schools.

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