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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.