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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Vermont Progressive Primary Recount Unresolved

It appears that official results in the recount in Vermont's Progressive Party gubernatorial primary won't be known until sometime in the coming week.

Washington County Clerk Elizabeth Batty, who has been collecting results from her counterpart county clerks around Vermont, said Friday the results won't be made public until they are certified by Judge Robert Bent, who is overseeing the recount.
 

WAMC News
5:20 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Vermont Trooper Found Justified in Using Deadly Force

Authorities say a Vermont state trooper was justified in using deadly force on an unarmed burglary suspect who refused an order to surrender and twice took a "shooter's stance" while aiming what turned out to be a cell phone at him.

Attorney General William Sorrell and Lamoille County State's Attorney Joel Page said Friday the trooper was reasonable in his belief that he was in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury when he fired his weapon at Jonathan Martel on April 30.
   

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New England News
5:01 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Mass. court upholds dismissal of Medicaid lawsuits

The highest court in Massachusetts has upheld the dismissal of lawsuits filed by seven Massachusetts hospitals and a managed healthcare organization that claimed they were shortchanged by the state's 2006 health care law. 

In two separate lawsuits, Boston Medical Center and the other hospitals claimed that the state had violated its obligation to reimburse them for the reasonable costs incurred in providing medical services to MassHealth enrollees.

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New England News
4:58 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

North Adams Volunteers Form Group to Help Veterans and Families

Volunteers in North Adams, Massachusetts, have begun a new program to offer help for the family members of service members suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Rebecca Litchfield is a volunteer at North Adams’ veterans service office, and through her work, she says she’s  noticed a lack of support for the families of returning veterans.

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New England News
4:10 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Hampshire College Latest To Ban Sale Of Bottled Water

     Hampshire College in Amherst has become the latest campus in the country to ban the sale of bottled water.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

New England News
12:20 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Hiring Assurances Sought From Potential Casino Operators

       Casino operators are promising thousands of jobs will be created when a resort casino project comes to western Massachusetts.  Labor leaders are working to guarantee construction jobs go only to union workers. A civil rights leader is seeking assurances that jobs will be plentiful for people of color. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:30 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Big E Begins This Weekend

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         The Eastern States Exposition, one of the country’s oldest and largest fairs opens its 17 run Friday . WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

   The  “Big E”  is one of  western  Massachusetts’ biggest economic engines.  It attracts more than a million visitors each year  to the 175 acre  fairgrounds in West Springfield.  Big E  CEO  Gene Cassidy says it remains so popular after 95 years, by  getting big name entertainers like this year’s headliners, Alan Jackson and Jeff Dunham, but also staying true to its roots as an agricultural fair.

New England News
8:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

MA Health Officials Confirm More Cases of Mosquito-borne Illness

State health officials are confirming a fourth case of Eastern equine encephalitis in Massachusetts.

The Department of Health said Thursday the Plymouth County man in his 60s is hospitalized.

Officials also announced a 14th case of West Nile virus, in a Hampden County man in his 50s who has been discharged from a hospital.

Both illnesses are carried by mosquitoes.

A Worcester County man in his 70s died of EEE last month.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Mass. Woman Claims Brother Was Among Americans Killed in Libya Attack

A Massachusetts woman says her brother was among the Americans killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

Kate Quigley said in a statement Thursday that Glen Doherty "lived his life to the fullest." Quigley spoke outside her mother's home in Woburn, north of Boston. She asked for privacy while the family grieved "our American hero."

Three Americans were killed at the consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday along with U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. The State Department has not publicly released all their names.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Mass. Coalition Targets Amazon in Push for Tax Fairness

A coalition of elected officials, business owners, and associations in Massachusetts is pushing for online retailers to begin paying the state’s sales tax before the fourth fiscal quarter of 2012 begins. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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