New England News

New England News
6:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Volunteers Still Tackling Tornado Recovery

Western New England University’s Football team volunteering with Rebuilding Together at a house on Rowland Street in Springfield.
Rebuilding Together Springfield

  Some people will skip a trip to the beach this Labor Day weekend to labor in tornado damaged areas of Springfield Massachusetts.  An official with the city’s long term recovery group says there is still a lot to be done to help people struggling to rebuild from the June 2011 disaster.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

New Englanders Expected to Travel More on Labor Day Weekend

The thought of one more road trip before winter is inspiring more New England residents to travel during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

AAA says about 1.6 million New England residents, or about 11.3 percent of the population, will travel 50 miles or more from home during the weekend. That represents a three percent increase over last year, just slightly ahead of the national forecast of 2.9 percent.

AAA Southern New England says the increase appears to reflect the nation's continued slow and steady economic recovery.

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New England News
4:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Nurses Authorize Strike At Greenfield Mass. Hospital

Nurses at a western Massachusetts hospital have taken a strike vote as contract talks have stalled.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

New England News
3:36 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

MA Insurance Regulators Deny Request for Increase in Workers' Comp. Rates

Massachusetts Insurance Regulators have denied a proposal that would have raised state workers’ compensation rates nearly 19%. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Workers’ compensation insurance is paid out by employers to employees in case of job related accidents. The money covers services including medical care and rehabilitation.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Springfield Casino Selection Process Questioned

  The city of Springfield finds itself the center  of intense competition for the lone casino license that will be issued in western Massachusetts.  Questions are being raised about the  casino selection process city officials are about to undertake.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
6:55 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Senator Scott Brown Defends GOP Convention Attendance

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is defending his decision to attend the final day of the Republican National Convention, saying it's important to show that moderate Republicans have a place in the party.

Brown also said Thursday is a special day for Massachusetts since the state's former governor, Mitt Romney, is accepting the GOP nomination for president.

Brown says he respects Romney even though he doesn't agree with him on every issue. Brown says he'll continue to be an independent voice.

Brown's Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, says Brown can't have it both ways.

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New England News
6:30 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Program To Put Healthy Foods In Reach Of Convenience Store Shoppers

Fruits and vegetables for sale at a Pride Market in Springfield MA
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As part of a statewide effort to combat obesity, one western Massachusetts city has launched a pilot program to get healthier foods on the shelves of convenience stores.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Watershed Council says Vermont Yankee Discharging Too Much Heated Water Into River

Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The Connecticut River Watershed Council has issued a report that says the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant is thermally polluting the Connecticut River.  The group wants the state Agency of Natural Resources to expedite a new discharge permit to lower discharged water temperatures.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

North Adams to Make 300 Municipal Upgrades to Comply with ADA

In order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of North Adams, Massachusetts must make over 300 repairs and upgrades to its municipal structures. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Vermont Capital Going With Phase 1 of Heat Project

The City Council in Vermont's capital has given the green light for phase one of a project that would bring Montpelier the state's first downtown heating district.

The plan is for buildings in downtown Montpelier to tie into a newly redeveloped woodchip-fired heating system that serves the Statehouse and surrounding state office buildings.

The Council voted 5-1 Wednesday evening to extend heating pipes from the state boilers east on State Street as far as Elm Street, a couple blocks from the Statehouse.

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