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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Case of Man Charged with Killing Niece Back in Vermont

The trial for a Vermont man charged with kidnapping and killing his 12-year-old niece in 2008 is at least a year away.

A federal appeals court in New York has sent the case of Michael Jacques back to Vermont for trial.

Jacques has pleaded not guilty to the death of Brooke Bennett. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York recently turned down a defense request to reconsider its decision allowing prosecutors

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Vermont Sees Growing Hospital ER Use for Psychiatry

The number of mentally ill Vermonters being held in hospital emergency rooms for lack of a mental health bed is heading in the wrong direction.

That's the word from Mental Health Commissioner Patrick Flood. Flood tells a legislative committee that instances in which mental health beds weren't available and patients were held in hospital emergency rooms grew from 15 in June to 22 in July and 24 in August.

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New England News
5:10 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

9-11 Memorial With World Trade Center Steel Planned

The World Trade Center artifact will be used in a new memorial in Springfield
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Officials in Springfield Massachusetts  have unveiled the design for a permanent September 11th memorial that will include a steel girder from one of the fallen towers of the World Trade Center.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

                                                        

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New England News
5:06 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Franklin County, MA Register of Deeds Cleans Out Desk

Joseph Gochinksi, Franklin County Register of Deeds

The Franklin County Register of Deeds has cleaned out his office and hasn't shown up for work since he lost last week's re-election bid, but says he's just taking vacation. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Joseph Gochinski cleaned out his office over the weekend without telling anyone and no one has seen him at work since. The one-term Democrat lost Thursday's primary to Scott Cote.

Cathy Winseck, deputy assistant register, tells The Recorder of Greenfield she and other staff found his office cleaned out when they came in Monday.

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New England News
5:30 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Ex-Massachusetts Treasurer Due Back In Court

Lawyers for former Massachusetts Treasurer Timothy Cahill are planning to ask a court Tuesday to dismiss public corruption charges against him. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

  A hearing on motions to dismiss the charges is scheduled in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston.

   Cahill is accused of airing taxpayer-funded ads for the state lottery as a means of promoting his unsuccessful independent campaign for governor in 2010. The treasurer oversees the lottery.

       He's charged with violating state ethics laws and procurement fraud.

New England News
8:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

New London, CT Runs Risk of Bankruptcy

The finance director of New London, Connecticut says the city could run out of money in the coming year because it has no financial cushion. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

According to The Day of New London, Finance Director Jeffrey Smith says no department may overspend its budget and New London must collect all the revenue it expects in the current budget year that ends next June.

New London has $312,000 in its fund balance.

Smith says city departments had overspent the budget and the city collected less revenue than it estimated.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Grant Supports Food Hub Initiative

The USDA is helping fund an effort to get products from local farms into the kitchens of large institutions in the region, such as colleges and hospitals.  Officials say the demand for food from closer to home continues to grow, but the infrastructure to supply it has not kept up.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
5:11 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Southern Berkshire Regional School District Searches for New Superintendent

The Southern Berkshire Regional School District is beginning its search for a new superintendent, and is enlisting the help of an outside group to assist in the search. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports….

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New England News
4:34 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Gambling Commission To Meet With Springfield Officials

Massachusetts Gaming Commissioners
MGC

       The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is meeting in Springfield Tuesday to question city officials about plans for evaluating  competing casino development proposals.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

   Springfield officials put a casino selection competition on hold after questions arose about the integrity of the process.  A consultant hired by the city is a registered lobbyist for two casino operators expected to be in the competition in Springfield. State Rep. Joseph Wagnor of Chicopee, an author of the state’s casino law said he’s not concerned.

New England News
3:17 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Hoosac Wind Project Nears Completion

A view of the Hoosac Wind Project
Michael Fairneny

A 19-turbine industrial wind farm is near completion in the Northern Berkshires, but according to nearby residents, some uncertainties about the project’s impact on the environment and health remain. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The Hoosac Wind Project, also known as the Bakke Mountain Wind Farm, could see all 19 standing wind turbines erected by the end of this week, according to spokesman from owner Iberdrola Renewables, Paul Copleman.

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