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WAMC News
12:25 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

New Vote Tally Leaves One Vote Difference in Progressive Primary and Criticism

The Progressive Party is a major party in Vermont, and the recent gubernatorial primary has resulted in a recount request from a write-in candidate and criticism from Republicans over how the state is handling the vote count.

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New England News
8:04 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Neal Wins MA Primary

Proposed Congressional District Map for Massachusetts

Incumbent Richard Neal won the three-way Democratic primary over former state Senator Andrea Nuciforo and humorist Bill Shein in the first district, all but assuring a 13th term in Congress.

Patsy Harris won the Democratic Middle Berkshire District register of deeds race over Jody Phillips and Scott Pignatelli to replace Nuciforo.

In other Congressional races, Democrat Joseph Kennedy III won a three-way race in the fourth district and will face Republican Sean Bielat in the race to replace the retiring Barney Frank.

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New England News
6:30 am
Fri September 7, 2012

West Nile Threat Raised In Western Mass. As New Case Confirmed

Massachusetts health officials have raised the threat level for West Nile Virus in the greater  Springfield area after another case of the mosquito born disease was confirmed.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

New England News
12:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Neal Wins Nomination for Massachusetts' 1st Congressional District

Springfield Congressman Richie Neal the three-way race for the democratic nomination for Massachusetts 1st Congressional District against former state senator Andrea Nuciforo, Jr. of Pittsfield, and Alford writer & activist Bill Shein in yesterday’s Democratic Primary.  WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

With all 277 precincts in the newly drawn 1st Congressional District reporting, Neal won handily with roughly 65% of the vote.

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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Advocacy Group Releases Scorecard on Vermont Legislative Votes

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group has released its assessment of legislative votes over the past biennium.

The scorecard released by the advocacy group looks at votes on ten issues, including health care reform, clean energy and a fracking moratorium.  Vermont Public Interest Research Group Executive Director Paul Burns says it represents a range of their priority issues over the past two years.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Federal Judge Orders MA Department of Correction to Pay for Inmate's Sex Change

A Federal judge has ordered the Massachusetts Department of Correction to provide a sex change operation for a convicted murderer suffering from gender identity disorder. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
6:02 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Berkshire Voters Head to Polls in Democratic Primary

A sign outside of Pittsfield's Ward 5a polling place on the Sep. 6th Democratic Primary
Lucas Willard WAMC

Voters across Massachusetts are heading to the polls today to vote in the Democratic Primary. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at the races in Western Massachusetts, and filed this report…

In Pittsfield’s Ward 5A polling place, warden Fran Lysonski said that voters were coming in steadily throughout the day, and though participation is generally lower in primary elections than general elections, she expects a pickup before the polls close this evening.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Burlington, Vermont City Council to Consider Marijuana Question

The Burlington city council is going to consider asking voters in Vermont's largest city whether marijuana should be legalized and taxed.

Progressive Councilor Max Tracy says he is planning to ask the council next week to consider adding the non-binding referendum to the city's ballot in November.

He says the idea is not an endorsement of marijuana use nor a call for legislative action. Rather, he says it's a way to survey the opinion of voters on the issue.

WAMC News
5:15 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Police Say Vermont Motor Vehicle Fatalities Surpass 2011

Vermont State Police say two men killed in unrelated car crashes last weekend brings the total number of motor vehicle fatalities across the state this year to 57 — two more than last year's total.

Police said the 55 people killed on Vermont's roads last year was the lowest recorded number since 1944.

They said a record high of 161 deaths was reported in 1979.

Monday marked the end of the state police's Operation H.E.A.T., or High Enforcement Area Team, an initiative aimed at cracking down on dangerous driving. The effort started July 4.

WAMC News
4:45 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Vermont Expands Ban on Bath Salts

The Vermont Department of Health has issued an emergency rule to further crack down on the sale of designer drugs known as bath salts.

Governor Peter Shumlin's office announced that the Health Department will expand the list of bath salt and compounds that are illegal to sell, make or possess in the state to include derivatives.  

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