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7:16 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Massachusetts Set to Honor 2012 Teacher of the Year

Governor Deval Patrick and education officials are planning to honor Massachusetts' top teachers at a Statehouse ceremony.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

As part of today's event, awards will be presented to the 2012 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, the 2012 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year and winners and finalists of the 2011 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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New England News
3:53 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Berkshire School District Continues Trial of Online Education to Prevent Dropouts

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District voted this week at a district committee meeting to continue evaluating an online education program called PLATO, as a means to curb the high school’s dropout rate. The PLATO program or Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations was first purchased by the district in 2011 and can be used for test preparation, expanded learning, and credit replacement.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Springfield YMCA Marks Milestone

Kirk Smith, president and CEO YMCA of Greater Springfield

The YMCA of greater Springfield Massachusetts is marking its 160th anniversary. It is the second oldest “Y” in the United States and the 4th oldest in the world.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Kirk Smith, the president and C-E-O of the Springfield “Y” about programs planned for the summer and an upcoming anniversary gala.

New England News
7:17 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Bank Sues Curt Schilling for $2.4M

A bank has sued Curt Schilling to recover $2.4 million in loans it made to the former Boston Red Sox pitcher's video game company. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Boston Globe reports that RBS Citizens, better known as Citizens Bank, says Schilling personally guaranteed the debt to the bank but has "failed and refused" to pay it.

Schilling's 38 Studios filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection last week. It laid off its entire workforce in May soon after it was late in making a $1.1 million payment to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp.

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New England News
5:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Massachusetts Sees Life Sciences Industry Growth

Massachusetts has spent over $300 million in the last four years to boost the life sciences industry with administration officials insisting the initiative has been a great success.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

           Patrick administration officials say the life sciences initiative has so far lured dozens of new companies to the state, and led existing ones to expand.   Brian Jamele of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center says the public money that was spent leveraged almost $1 billion in private investment.

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New England News
4:30 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Falls In May

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts fell to six percent in May, down from 6.3 percent in April.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

New England News
6:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Mass. Legislative Committee Blocks Bottle Bill

Recycling containers used by Springfield MA DPW

A bill that would expand Massachusetts’ recycling laws to include a five-cent deposit for plastic containers for noncarbonated beverages has again failed to pass a committee vote to enter legislative debate, drawing criticism from proponents. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
4:49 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

North Adams Recieves $900k in Federal Aid for Community Development

North Adams is one of 46 cities and towns in the Commonwealth announced earlier this week to receive part of the 26.8 million dollar Federal Community Development Block Grants – or CDBG. The federal program is designed to fund neighborhood revitalization projects including supporting local infrastructure repairs, public works projects, housing rehabilitation, and a number of other initiatives.

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WAMC News, North Country News
4:49 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Vermont Health Committee Reviews Health and Mental Health Issues

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC

A panel of state lawmakers met on Wednesday to tackle some major health and mental health issues facing Vermont as it moves toward a single payer health system.

The Health Access Oversight Committee, comprised of both House and Senate members, held a day-long session to review numerous health and mental health issues. The Committee meets when the Legislature is not in session to assure that there are no barriers to health care.  
Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chair Senator Claire Ayer is co-Chair of the Oversight committee.

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New England News
12:45 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Judith Roberts and Joseph Panzica - Bloomsday

Weighing in at more than 265,000 words,  the novel Ulysses by James Joyce is, to say the least, a literary challenge to those who attempt to read it. The book, published in 1904, has 18 episodes, extending over 700 pages, and has been called dirty, blasphemous and unreadable. It is often a college assignment, but for some students in western Massachusetts seeking their GED, or high school equivalency degree, Ulysses is on the reading list.

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