New England News

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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New England News
6:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Casino Developer Signs Union Only Work Agreement

Ameristar owns this 41 acre property on Springfield's east side where it hopes to build a resort casino
WAMC

Ameristar Casinos has signed an agreement to use union construction workers on the resort casino it hopes to build in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

New England News
8:00 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Mass. Magic Store Owner Makes Customer's Cash Disappear

The owner of a Massachusetts magic store has been sentenced to two years in prison for making more than $560,000 disappear from a longtime customer's credit card account. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Harry Levy of Lexington was also sentenced in federal court in Boston on Thursday to two years of probation and was ordered to pay full restitution.

Prosecutors say the 61-year-old Levy tried to cover up the fraud by lying to federal investigators and submitting false records to the grand jury.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

As Economy Struggles Union Leaders Work For Democratic Votes

The Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO Labor Breakfast held at the Castle of Knights, Chicopee MA
WAMC

Union officials who gathered in western Massachusetts Friday for a Labor Day observance said they were energized by President Obama’s  Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.  The task for the labor leaders now is to convince union households not to desert the  Democratic party as the economy continues to struggle.  WAMC”S Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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WAMC News
5:55 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Supporters Hope to Restart VT-NH Bridge Project

A bridge replacement project linking Vermont and New Hampshire is a step closer to approval.

An environmental assessment has been completed and sent to federal authorities on a proposed Route 119 replacement bridge that would span the Connecticut River and connect Hinsdale and Brattleboro along the New Hampshire-Vermont border.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the assessment looked at how water quality, wetlands, and historical resources would be affected by the project. Officials are examining its location near a gas company tank farm.

WAMC News
5:40 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Brattleboro Student Appointed to Vermont Board of Education

Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed a Brattleboro Union High School student to the Vermont Board of Education.

Lachlan Francis of Putney is a junior at the school. He has been active in sports and civic organizations and has worked as a farmhand and a camp counselor. Francis also has traveled to Cuba.

He will serve as a non-voting member this year, and become a voting member during his second year on the board.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Vermont Progressives Say They Will Focus on Legislative Races

For all the debate in recent days around a recount in the Vermont Progressive Party's gubernatorial primary, party leaders say they want to keep their focus on winning more seats in the state House and Senate.

Party Chairwoman Martha Abbott appears to have won the Aug. 28 primary by one vote over write-in candidate Annette Smith, but Smith is seeking a recount.

Abbott responded to her apparent win by declining the nomination and saying she wants Progressive support to go for incumbent Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin.

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