Â Some people will skip a trip to the beach this Labor Day weekend to labor in tornado damaged areas of Springfield Massachusetts.Â An official with the cityâ€™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.Â WAMCâ€™s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
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.
Â The city of Springfield finds itself the center Â of intense competition for the lone casino license that will be issued in western Massachusetts.Â Questions are being raised about the Â casino selection process city officials are about to undertake.Â WAMCâ€™s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports
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.Â Â WAMCâ€™s Paul Tuthill reports.
The Connecticut River Watershed Council has issued a report that says the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant is thermally polluting the Connecticut River.Â The group wants the state Agency of Natural Resources to expedite a new discharge permit to lower discharged water temperatures.
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. WAMCâ€™s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has moreâ€¦