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WAMC News
5:32 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Ski Areas See Brisk Pre-Season Sales

The pent-up demand for skiing after last year's snow drought is producing brisk sales of early-bird season passes at ski resorts across New England.

Ski resort operators in northern New England are reporting that advance ski pass sales are as good, or often surpassing, last year’s sales. New Hampshire's Loon Mountain reports sales up 20 percent over last year. Maine's Sunday River reports season pass sales are up 10 percent from last year. Vermont's Magic Mountain in the month of April sold half of last year's total season pass sales.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Romney Gets Stuck Behind Tractor on Way to Vermont

Mitt Romney

Even the contender for the highest office in the land sometimes has to wait, as Mitt Romney discovered when he travelled to Vermont this week.

Mitt Romney's motorcade, en route to the home of former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey in West Windsor, Vt., on Tuesday morning, got briefly waylaid — by a tractor.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Vermont Governor's Challenger Calls on Shumlin for Debates

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC

Vermont's Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock says Governor Peter Shumlin is avoiding debates before groups that could be hostile to some of his positions.

Brock made the comments Tuesday after Shumlin said he wouldn't be participating in any debates this campaign season sponsored by what he calls special interest groups.

But Shumlin said he was eager to take part in "five or six" debates sponsored by news organizations after he formally announces his candidacy next week. Shumlin says he has to balance the need to debate with his need to run the state.

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New England News
4:49 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

More CT Students Being Exempted from Vaccinations

An increasing number of Connecticut students are being exempted from vaccinations as parents cite allergic reactions or religious prohibitions. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

The Connecticut Post reports that according to the state Department of Public Health, 1,056 children entering kindergarten and seventh grade last year received exemptions. That's up by 127 percent from 2003, when the state recorded 465 such exemptions.

Vaccination coverage in Connecticut still remains high, with more than 97 percent receiving various vaccinations.

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New England News
4:44 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Head of Mass. Democratic Party Apologizes for "Honorary Girl" Remark

The head of the Massachusetts Democratic Party is apologizing for suggesting that Republican Sen. Scott Brown was trying to portray himself as "an honorary girl" in TV ads that seek to attract women voters. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Chairman John Walsh said in a statement he regretted the remark, which he said was made in the excitement of the opening of the party's national convention.

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New England News
7:14 am
Tue September 4, 2012

MA Janitors Rally in Boston

Courtesy SEIU

Hundreds of unionized Massachusetts janitors are calling for good jobs and more work for part-time employees.

The workers gathered at the bandstand on Boston Common on Monday morning and urged corporations to help rebuild the middle class. They then marched from the common to Copley Plaza.

The Labor Day march was attend by political figures, including Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray. It comes as the janitors' contract is set to expire at month's end.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Vermont Police to Attend Fair to Seek Tips in '10 Killing

Vermont State Police troopers are planning to attend the Sheffield Field Days in hopes of getting new information that could help them solve the abduction and killing of a 78-year-old woman.

Sept. 10 marks the two-year-anniversary of the abduction of Pat O'Hagan.

The field days are being held Monday in Sheffield.

O'Hagan's body was found almost a month later about ten miles from her Sheffield home in a remote area in Wheelock.

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New England News
7:30 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Progress Reported In Tornado Rebuilding

Rebuilding Together Springfield

  Volunteers are making progress in helping to rebuild tornado ravaged Springfield Massachusetts. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

   A total of more than 1160 volunteer hours has been put into the rebuilding according to Steve Abdow of Springfield Community Together, the long term recovery group.

New England News
8:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

CT Labor Officials Say Companies More Reluctant to Pay Unpaid Wages Due to Economy

Connecticut labor officials say the weak economy is making it harder to force companies to pay unpaid wages.

The Department of Labor says it recovered more than $5.5 million in unpaid wages for workers in Connecticut in the year that ended June 30. Officials responded to 3,800 complaints about unpaid wages.

That's down from $6.1 million recovered last year in response to 3,682 claims.

Gary Pechie, director of the wage and workplace standards division, said Friday that businesses are fighting state officials and refusing to pay. Other companies are out of business.

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WAMC News
7:45 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Wind Developer Wants Vermont Towns to Delay Votes

WAMC

A developer considering a wind power project in a remote area of Vermont's Essex County says it will drop its plans in any community that votes against the project — after it has a chance to present its proposal.

Jack Kenworthy of New Hampshire-based Seneca Mountain Wind says Seneca will honor the vote if it happens after the company has made a detailed presentation of its plans for the town.

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