The study released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection shows that the Wind One industrial turbine in the Cape Cod town of Falmouth produces noise louder than the state allows.
The report marks the first time the state has recommended a shut-off of a wind turbine.
Shortly after noon on Wednesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law the nation's first statewide ban on the natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
Governor Peter Shumlin signed H.464 to ban the drilling method. Lawmakers had considered a moratorium, but after testimony and debate, moved a bill forward to ban the practice. Governor Shumlin says it’s a critical move to protecting a critical resource.
Hoping to reverse what has been called a lost decade of employment for young people, officials in western Massachusetts have launched a youth summer jobs campaign. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Saying that government funded youth summer jobs programs will not come close to meeting the demand, workforce development specialists, and the mayors of the region's two largest cities appealed to the private sector to offer work to teenagers this summer.
Vermont's top fiscal officer says the state's General Fund took in $10.6 million more than expected last month, making it possible for the state to end the fiscal year with a surplus. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding said general fund revenues were 6.3 percent ahead of expectations.
So far this fiscal year, general fund revenues are four-tenths of one percent ahead of expectations.
Spaulding says the results were largely because of strong corporate income tax filings.
Auto insurance rates in Massachusetts are climbing higher. Drivers are starting to see their premiums go up four years after rates dropped when the state partially de-regulated the auto insurance business. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Many of the largest auto insurance companies doing business in Massachusetts have raised rates in each of the last two years. The insurers are faced with rising costs for claims from car crashes, thefts and injuries, according to James Harrington, of the Massachusetts Insurance Federation.
The U.S. Air Force is considering five sites across the country to host their new generation of fighter jets. One of its preferred sites is the National Guard base in South Burlington, Vermont. Both supporters and opponents packed a hearing last night to voice their opinions on the plan.
The National Council on Teacher Quality, a non-profit policy and research center, is working on a project to rate the country’s schools of education. The report is to be published by US News and World Report. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the think tank’s president, Kate Walsh.
Rhode Island's governor has signed an executive order saying the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…
The order signed by Governor Lincoln Chafee on Monday directs state agencies to afford same-sex married couples the same rights as heterosexual ones. Chafee says some same-sex couples married outside Rhode Island have been denied rights because state law isn't clear on the subject.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley wants to toughen the state’s open meeting law. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…
Coakley on Monday proposed a new regulation that would allow state and local governmental bodies to be punished if they act with "deliberate ignorance" of the law, which requires most meetings to be accessible to the public.
Under current regulations, public entities can be fined up to $1,000 for violating the law, but only if the violation is found to be intentional after a previous warning from a court or prosecutor.