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New England News
5:28 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

CT House Speaker Withdraws from Congressional Race

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Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan is withdrawing as a third party candidate for the state’s 5th Congressional District.

After losing the Democratic primary on Aug. 14 to former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Donovan could have remained in the race because he was cross-endorsed by the Connecticut Working Families Party.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Northern New England to Receive $9.6 Million in Drug Settlement

Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire are receiving a total of $9.6 million as part of a nationwide settlement between the drug company Johnson & Johnson and the 34 other states.

The $181 million nationwide settlement with Johnson and Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals is believed to be the largest multi-state consumer protection settlement ever.

Vermont's share is $4.1 million. New Hampshire's is about $2.8 million and Maine's is $2.7 million.

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New England News
4:19 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Problems Found At Mass. Police Drug Evidence Lab

Massachusetts State Police say a chemist at a drug evidence lab in Boston failed to follow proper procedures raising the possibility people were wrongly convicted.. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

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WAMC News
12:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New College Solar Array Aims to Educate Students and Farmers About Alternative Energy

The array and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Secretary Chuck Ross and UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Tom Vogelmann.
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A new solar installation at the University of Vermont is targeting not only powering part of the campus, but enhancing Vermont’s statewide agriculture sector.

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New England News
6:30 am
Thu August 30, 2012

UMass Amherst Set To Begin New School Year

    The population of Amherst Massachusetts will swell by tens of thousands of people during the next several days as college students move in  for the start of a new school year.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Study Suggests Dam Removal Can Restore Native New England Fish Species

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Researchers are claiming that it’s possible to save important native New England fish species if certain upgrades and removal of existing infrastructure can be made. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Ecologists from UMass Amherst and Stony Brook University in New York are saying that although the survival of some species of river herring in New England is threatened, work can be done to restore the small fish to healthy populations.

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New England News
5:52 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

UMass Ranked 14th Nationally for Innovation

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The five-campus University of Massachusetts system generated $35 million during the 2011 fiscal year from the commercialization of its academic research, putting the school 14th nationally. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

A report from the Association of University Technology Managers found that UMass signed 25 licenses, created one startup company, and filed 50 patent applications. UMass was sixth overall among public institutions and second behind only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology among Bay State schools.

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New England News
5:48 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Pittsfield man facing child porn charges

A 22-year-old Pittsfield man already facing charges of raping children and forcing them to pose nude for him is facing additional charges of possession of child pornography. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Robert Labarre, who was living in a tent in the woods before his arrest, was arraigned on Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court on 14 charges, including two counts of rape of a child with force.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Vermont Wind Project Gets Migratory Bird Permit

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The owner of a commercial wind project in Vermont has been issued a special permit for migratory bird monitoring.

The permit was sought by First Wind, which has a 16-turbine wind development project in Sheffield.

The Caledonian-Record reports the permit was issued in July by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It authorizes the company to "collect, transport and temporarily possess carcasses and partial remains of migratory birds," except threatened or endangered species, to monitor bird mortality.

New England News
5:36 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Massachusetts Housing Market Shows 13 Consecutive Months of Growth

According to the latest numbers, the Massachusetts real estate market is showing the largest number of single-family home sales in years, with 13 straight months of year-over-year growth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The Warren Group, a market-data research organization based in Boston, says that July of 2012 was the best July for home sales since 2005. Cory Hopkins, Editorial Director for the Warren Group, says that over the same time last year, the state-wide average for both single-family and condo sales, is showing a marked improvement.

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