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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Vermont National Weather Service Office Gets New Radar System

Dual polarization technology is coming to each of the 160 Doppler radars across the country.
Courtesy NOAA

Meteorologists at Vermont's National Weather Service office in South Burlington have a new tool to help improve their forecasts.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy helped inaugurate Monday the upgraded, dual polarization Doppler radar serving the region.

Officials say the upgrade to the so-called dual-pol system is the most significant enhancement ever made to the nation's radar network since Doppler radar was first installed in the early 1990s.

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New England News
4:40 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Springfield Mayor Announces Casino Selection Process

City of Springfield

The mayor of  Springfield Massachusetts has announced a selection process for casino companies interested in building in the city. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

   The process,  is expected to winnow the field of the multiple  casino companies who have shown interest in Springfield. But Mayor Domenic Sarno, in a reversal of earlier statements , said Monday that he might  negotiate a host community agreement with more than one operator.

  

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New England News
7:08 am
Mon August 27, 2012

MA Delegation To Be Highlighted at GOP Convention

www.massgop.com Massachusetts Republican Party

Despite having little chance of winning his home state in the general election, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is not forgetting the state this week in Tampa. 

The Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts delegates will be front and center at this year’s convention, no longer housed far from the convention center. The Bay State contingent will get prime seating on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum and rooms across the street with the Romney's at the posh 27-story Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Mass. delegation heads to GOP convention

www.massgop.com Massachusetts Republican Party

The Massachusetts delegation to next week's Republican National Convention could enjoy an enhanced role at the gathering as it represents the home state of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

There are 41 voting delegates and 38 alternates in the Bay State delegation. All are committed to former Gov. Mitt Romney.

State GOP spokesman Tim Buckley says the delegation will be given a prominent place on the convention floor and will stay in the same hotel as Romney across from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

MA Victims of Discriminatory Lending Receive Payments

Minority mortgage borrowers in Massachusetts affected by discriminatory lending practices have received payments as part of a $1.75 million settlement. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

State Attorney General Martha Coakley said Friday that 2,100 affected borrowers will receive checks ranging from $100 to $5,000 as part of a settlement with Sand Canyon, an H&R Block subsidiary, formerly known as Option One. A total of $1.75 million in payments has been disbursed to minority borrowers, Coakley's office said.

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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Rally Planned to Express Concerns Over Vermont Public Service Board

A rally is planned this weekend to highlight concerns about the Vermont Public Service Board’s permitting and public access policies.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

EPA Chief Sees Ben & Jerry's Pollution Controls

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

The head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency says some of the pollution control practices developed for Vermont's Ben & Jerry's ice cream plants could serve as a model for other businesses.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visited the company's Waterbury factory today and was given an overview of the company's business practices, a tour of the plant and then samples of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Jackson says one of the reasons she visited Vermont is because it's a state that has sees a green economy as important to its future.

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New England News
5:47 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Governor of Connecticut Says State is Better Prepared For Storms

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut is better prepared for a natural disaster than it was a year ago when the remnants of Hurricane Irene struck the state, but some issues remain.

In an interview Friday with The Associated Press, Malloy said the state still has "a long ways to go" when it comes to reducing the number of trees that can knock down power lines and block roads. While the state and electric utilities have ramped up tree-cutting efforts, Malloy predicted it will take years to get to where the state needs to be.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

VT Wind Developer Drops Restraining Order

A wind power developer in Georgia, Vt., has dropped a court order against property owners who moved within a safety zone as construction work was scheduled on a project.

Georgia Mountain Community Wind recently got the order blocking the landowners from accessing their own land that lies with the blasting zone for the project. The landowners oppose the project.

WCAX-TV reports extra crews have been brought in to expedite the blasting process, and they are able to work on the project without requiring the restraining order.

New England News
5:34 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Southern Butterflies Moving to Massachusetts

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
Frank S. Model Harvard University

A recent report shows that more Southern species of butterflies are moving their way into New England, which could be a possible indicator of climate change. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The study conducted by Harvard Forest shows that butterflies typically found in the Southern portions of the United States are becoming more common in Massachusetts. Greg Breed, author of the report, says that the species are native to the United States and are finding a primary entrance to Massachusetts through the Connecticut River valley.

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