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9:07 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

New Superintendent Chosen For Springfield MA Public Schools

Daniel Warwick,chosen to be the new Springfield superintendent of schools
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The second largest public school district in Massachusetts will have a new  superintendent of schools by July 1st.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

            Daniel Warwick, who began his career in education as a teacher in the public schools in Springfield Mass in 1976, and is currently deputy superintendent, has been picked to be the troubled school systems next chief administrator.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Bathroom Bill Faces Criticism

Retailers in Massachusetts are concerned over a bill in the state’s legislature that would require businesses to allow the public to use employee rest rooms or face a penalty. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The bill filed by Representative Louis Kafka serves to ensure private restroom access in retail businesses for those suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases. Advocates for those individuals with conditions like Chron’s disease are in support of the measure, while opponents think the bill would open the door to a new set of problems.

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New England News
5:11 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Bennington Health Care Facilities Recieve Grants Due to Cancer Rate

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The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has given 78-thousand-dollars in aid to health care centers in Bennington County, Vermont, as one of the areas identified with the highest need for breast cancer screenings in the region. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports...

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

International Convention On Life Sciences Opens In Mass.

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  15 thousand people from 3 thousand companies are expected to attend this week’s Biotechnology Industry Organization convention which opened Monday in Boston. The international convention will offer state and local officials a chance to promote Massachusetts as a hub for the life sciences industry.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has more.
       

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New England News
7:34 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Schilling Taking Leave of Absence from ESPN

Curt Schilling is taking a leave of absence from his job as an analyst for ESPN after his video gaming company filed for bankruptcy.

ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys says on Twitter that the network and retired pitcher "mutually agreed" to the leave as he works through "his business issues." He says Schilling is expected to return to the air later this season.

Schilling's 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy June 7. Federal and state authorities launched probes into the studios, which received a $75 million loan guarantee deal from the state of Rhode Island.

New England News
7:18 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Massachusetts Commission to Host Forum on Problem Gambling

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will host a public forum on problem gambling.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Members of the commission, the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Debi LaPlante and other research and gaming experts will be on hand for the commission's fourth public forum aimed at educating the commission and the community about issues associated with the introduction of expanding gambling in Massachusetts.

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New England News
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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