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12:14 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline Route Moves North

Kinder Morgan's revised route for it's proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline

The energy company wishing to build a natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts recently altered its route after political and public outcry.

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New England News
10:52 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Hundreds Hear MGM Officials Outline Casino Construction Plans

Hundreds attended a construction information meeting hosted by MGM Resorts,which plans to start building an $800 resort casino in downtown Springfield next year
Credit WAMC

More than 400 business owners, contractors, and tradesmen packed a meeting Thursday morning to find out how to bid for work building the MGM Springfield casino. 

MGM officials outlined a construction timetable, explained hiring goals for women, minorities and veterans, and provided contact information. Hunter Clayton, MGM Resorts top construction official said building the casino, hotel, retail stores, restaurants and other amenities is a unique and special project.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Vermont Governor Praises Decision Not To Sell App

Governor Peter Shumlin is praising a decision by tech giant Apple to stop offering an app that some Vermont high school students said had been used to bully their classmates.

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New England News
8:56 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Pittsfield Formally Adopts Affirmative Action Plan

Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Pittsfield City Council formally adopted an updated affirmative action policy and accepted a state grant to continue funding a downtown streetscape project. One city councilor is considering strengthening the affirmative action policy.

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New England News
7:20 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Springfield City Council To Discuss Tax Rates

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City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts will meet Thursday to set new property tax rates.

If the rates proposed by Mayor Domenic Sarno are approved, fifty-seven percent of the residential property owners will pay lower taxes next year, with the average bill going down by $19 dollars, according to city assessor Richard Allen.

" The increases on the other 43 percent generally are relatively modest," said Allen.

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New England News
6:51 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

BMC Nurses Picket Claiming Unsafe Staffing Levels

Jim Levulis WAMC

Nurses from Berkshire Medical Center picketed outside the Pittsfield hospital this afternoon. They say the hospital is not properly staffed for a patient increase following the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in March. The hospital continues to refute the claims.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Winter Sports Enthusiasts Glad To See Snow

December 12, 2014 Snow
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

You may be grumbling about a rough commute and the snow on your driveway today, but winter sports enthusiasts are exuberant about the first substantial snowfall of the season.

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New England News
6:16 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Students Seek Vote On UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment

Joanne Martone, co-chair of the Professional Staff Union addresses the UMass Board of Trustees
Credit WAMC

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees met for the final time today under the administration of Governor Deval Patrick.  The meeting on the flagship Amherst campus drew union protestors and student activists.

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New York News
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

Credit MGM Springfield

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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