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New England News
6:30 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Hospital Chief Says Supreme Court Ruling Makes Future Clearer

A room in the newest wing at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA
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The head of the biggest hospital group in western Massachusetts says the Supreme Court’s ruling on the health-care reform law removes uncertainty.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

            Over the long run, the healthcare system in the United States will be dramatically restructured, says Mark Tolosky, President CEO of Springfield based Baystate Health. But he’s worried  in the short term because half the estimated $1 trillion to pay for the health-care law is to come from reduced payments to doctors and hospitals.

WAMC News, North Country News
5:59 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Reaction to Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Decision in Vermont

The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act is welcomed in Vermont, where efforts to transition to a single payer system relies on funding in the law.

Vermont is trying to build the first single payer health care system in the country.  Governor Peter Shumlin says the Supreme Court decision means the state will be able to use 400-million dollars a year in federal subsidies to help pay for low and middle income insurance programs.

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New England News
5:08 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Iberdrola Eyes Windham County, VT Site

WINDHAM, Vt. (AP) — A major wind power company is interested in setting up a commercial wind turbine development in Vermont's Windham County. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports..

The Brattleboro Reformer reports Iberdrola Renewables has issued a notice of pending application to place two meteorological-testing towers in Windham and in Grafton.

The towers will allow the company to determine whether to buy construction of a wind farm on 5,000 acres owned by New Hampshire-based Meadowsend Timberlands Limited.

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New England News
4:24 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Massachusetts Governor "Delighted" By Healthcare Ruling

Governor Patrick watches President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act remarks to the nation in his State House office.
Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who is a strong political ally of President Obama, said he is delighted by the Supreme Court’s decision on healthcare reform.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

            Governor Patrick said the Supreme Court had affirmed the correctness of the Massachusetts approach to health care reform which served as a model for the national law.  Massachusetts has 98 percent of its adults’ covered by health insurance. Patrick said the health care reform law had not busted the state budget, and health insurance premiums were holding steady or going down..

New England News
2:32 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

The Politics Of The Health Care Ruling In The Massachusetts US Senate Race

       WAMC"s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Springfield Massachusetts based political consultant Anthony Cignoli, who commented on the political impact of Thursday's US Supreme Court ruling.

New England News
12:49 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Legal Scholar Comments On Supreme Court Ruling On Health-care Reform

       Leora Harpaz, a professor at Western New England University School of Law, spoke with WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

New England News
7:43 am
Thu June 28, 2012

MA House Backs Teacher Evaluation Bill

The Massachusetts House has approved a measure calling on school districts to implement a new teacher evaluation system and place performance ahead of seniority in deciding future layoffs.  WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The legislation, which has already been approved by the Senate, resulted from a compromise struck between the Massachusetts Teachers Association and an advocacy group called Stand for Children that had proposed a statewide ballot question.

The organization has said it would be willing to drop the ballot initiative if the bill becomes law.

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New England News
7:33 am
Thu June 28, 2012

CT Officials to Discuss Mosquito Management

Mosquito

The state of Connecticut's mosquito management team is unveiling plans for combating the pesky, and potentially harmful, insects.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Representatives from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are scheduled to discuss mosquito management strategies for the summer season during a news conference, planned for Thursday morning at Bushnell Park in Hartford, across from DEEP's headquarters. The latest techniques, strategies and equipment being used to control mosquitoes will be displayed.

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New England News
4:30 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Transit Fare Hikes Rejected

Riders of the largest public transit system in western Massachusetts no longer have a possible fare hike looming.. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

PVTA Fare Hikes Rejected By Governing Board

PVTA buses in downtown Springfield MA
WAMC

Riders of the largest public transit system in western Massachusetts no longer have a possible fare hike looming.  But, the  Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will need more revenue next year to avoid a budget deficit and possible service cuts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

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