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12:30 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Grants Awarded To States Across The Region For Early Education Initiatives

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The U.S. Department of Education has announced $226 million in funding to 34 states to increase access to high-quality preschool programs. States in our region will benefit from those federal dollars.

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New England News
6:37 am
Wed December 10, 2014

MGM To Discuss Casino Construction Plans With Interested Builders

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MGM officials have invited contractors to a meeting this week in Springfield, Massachusetts to discuss the company’s casino construction plans.

At the public meeting Thursday at the MassMutual Convention Center, there will be a presentation about the design and the construction timetable for the $800 million development in downtown Springfield.  Chris Boss, a carpenter from West Springfield said a project of this scope is a once in a lifetime opportunity for people in the construction trades.

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New England News
11:40 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Vermont Students Rally Against Cyberbullying

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Students at a Vermont high school are winning praise for their efforts to fight back against online bullying. After a number of negative posts last week using a new social media app, students at Rutland High School organized against the cyber-bullying.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Montana Governor Succeeds Shumlin As Democratic Governors' Chair

Montana Governor Steve Bullock was elected chairman of the Democratic Governors Association at its annual meeting in Los Angeles Tuesday succeeding Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.

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New England News
8:33 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Public Asked To Report Street Light Outages

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is asking for the public to report streetlight outages.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said seeing streetlights dark is one of his pet peeves.

" I call in street lights out all the time to WMECo," said Sarno

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New England News
6:23 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Tour Looks At Transit-oriented Development

David Panagore of Park New Haven discusses the city's Union Station with visitors from greater Springfield, MA
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With an $82 million renovation of the derelict Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts under way, officials went looking for guidance from transit-oriented development in two Connecticut cities.

A delegation of business and civic leaders from greater Springfield got a possible glimpse of the future when they looked out over the ornate great hall of Union Station in New Haven, Ct. where 11,000 people a day pass through mostly off commuter trains to New York City.

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New England News
4:01 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Fourth Man Sentenced And Released In Connection To Berkshire Triple Murder

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David Casey of Canaan, NY pleaded guilty to witness intimidation, kidnapping and murder accessory charges connected to the 2011 murders of David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell in Hampden Superior Court Monday.

Per the joint recommendation of Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless and Casey’s attorney, the 66-year-old was sentenced to two and half years in state prison. Casey was released after being credited with nearly 1,000 days served.

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New England News
2:28 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Community Leaders Urge Baker To Expand Solar

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With Charlie Baker to be sworn in as governor of Massachusetts in less than one month, community leaders are urging the Republican to expand solar power in the commonwealth.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Republican Challenger Will Ask Vermont Legislature To Elect Him Governor

Republican Scott Milne (left) and Democrat Peter Shumlin (right)
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The second-place finisher in Vermont’s gubernatorial race says he will ask the legislature to elect him governor instead of the incumbent who received more votes.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Faster Amtrak Service Follows Federally Funded Rail Upgrades In Mass.

An Amtrak train arrives at the station in Hartford, Ct.
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Work is nearly finished on a federally-funded upgrade to the rail line that parallels I-91 between New Haven, Connecticut and the Massachusetts border with Vermont.  The line, dubbed the “Knowledge Corridor,” will soon see faster, but still limited, Amtrak service.  But transportation officials and politicians see great potential for expanded commuter rail.  

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