New England News

New England News
12:30 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Communities Mark Tornado Anniversary

WAMC

Several of the western Massachusetts communities that were in the path of almost unimaginable destruction one year ago today will hold remembrance events.  It will be an opportunity to reflect on the one year anniversary of the worst tornado to hit the state in a half-century and also to look toward what many hope will be a brighter future.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Read more
New England News
7:49 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Gay Rights Activists Praise Federal Appeals Court Ruling

Gay rights activists in western Massachusetts are hailing the ruling by a federal appeals court in Boston that found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

Brenda Lopez of Springfield says the federal statute that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman is rooted in bigotry.

“If in fact you’re going to defend a marriage, you need to defend all marriages.”

Read more
New England News
7:26 am
Fri June 1, 2012

RI Governor Taps Three for Economic Development Agency

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has tapped three new leaders for the state's Economic Development Corp. to replace board members who resigned following questions about state support of Curt Schilling's troubled video game company.

Chafee on Thursday nominated Marcia Blount, Pablo Rodriguez and Alison Vareika to the EDC board. The appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

The nominees would replace Helena Foulkes, Lynn Singleton and Stephen Lane, who recently resigned.

Read more
New England News
7:19 am
Fri June 1, 2012

CT Public Defenders to File Death-Row Challenge

Connecticut public defenders hope to use the trial of a Bridgeport man as the venue to challenge the constitutionality of a new law that outlaws capital punishment in the state, but only for future crimes.

Richard Roszkowski is awaiting the penalty phase of his capital trial for the 2006 murders of his former girlfriend, her 9-year-old daughter and his former roommate.

Michael Courtney, head of the state Public Defender's Office capital defense unit, said Wednesday he plans to file a brief by August 7 in the case, challenging the state's right to seek the death penalty.

Read more
WAMC News
5:20 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Fetal Homicide Bill Moves to New Hampshire Governor’s Desk

A bill that would expand New Hampshire's homicide law to include causing the death of a fetus is headed to the governor.

Read more
WAMC News, North Country News
5:12 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Vermonters Share College Cost Concerns with Congressman

Congressman Peter Welch

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a telephone Town Hall Wednesday night with his constituents to discuss their concerns about the doubling of the Stafford student loan interest rates, scheduled to take effect on July first.

The college loan rates will rise to 6.8% unless Congress acts to prevent the increase.  Congressman Welch says it would be unconscionable for the House to fail to act.

Read more
New England News
12:30 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Consumer Reports Ranks Doctors' Practices In Massachusetts

Consumer Reports has teamed with a Massachusetts group to rate hundreds of primary care doctors’ practices in the Bay State. The magazine’s evaluations are being released jointly with Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, which is a coalition of health insurers, hospitals, doctors, and others with a stake in the healthcare industry.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley  Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the coalition’s Melinda  Karp.

New England News
7:52 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Western MA Receives More Funds for Tornado-Damaged Communities

More emergency funding is being sent to western Massachusetts communities hit by the tornadoes a year ago this week.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation says $3.9 million dollars in federal funding is available for eight communities. 

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray , who announced the money Wednesday in Springfield, said it is to reimburse the cost of repairs that were made to streets and sidewalks…

Read more
New England News
7:14 am
Thu May 31, 2012

MA House Overrides Governor's Background Check Veto

The Massachusetts House of Representatives has voted to keep a bill that would require all employees of the state's Gaming Commission to be subject to full criminal background checks and drug screenings.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

State representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto on the measure.

Read more
WAMC News, New York News, North Country News
4:00 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Supermarket Chain Implements Sustainable Seafood Policy

Hannaford Supermarkets has become the first major supermarket chain in the country to implement a policy to only sell seafood products that are proven to be sustainably harvested.

Read more

Pages