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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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New England News
7:47 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Senator Brown: JPMorgan Should Take Back Incentives

Senator Scott Brown

U.S. Senator Scott Brown is urging JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon to take back bonuses and incentive pay from those involved in risky trading that led to a $2 billion loss. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Brown said Wednesday that taking back the bonuses, including any money Dimon might have received, would demonstrate the bank is serious about fixing the mistakes that led up to the loss.

Brown's comments came as Dimon told Congress that senior bank executives responsible for a $2 billion trading loss will probably have some of their pay taken back by the company.

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New England News
5:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Springfield Budget Review Begins

            With just two weeks until the new fiscal year, the City Council in Springfield Massachusetts will start holding hearings on a proposed budget that cuts municipal services while calling for higher fees and taxes.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

            Springfield City Councilor Timothy Rooke, who chairs the finance committee, says the administration has not squeezed enough savings from city government.

New England News
4:30 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Casino Campaign Spending Oversight Sought

        The state's top elections official wants a stronger system of monitoring the hefty sums of cash likely to be spent on influencing future local casino votes in Massachusetts.  WAMC’S Paul Tuthill reports.

        Secretary of State William Galvin urged a legislative panel on Wednesday to support a bill that would require all campaign expenditures made on casino referendums to be reported to the state office of Campaign and Political Finance.

       Currently, spending on local ballot issues must only be reported to the clerk's office in that community.

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New England News
12:59 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Springfield Budget Calls For Job Cuts, Library Closings,Higher Fees

A summary of the Mayor's recommended budget in Springfield MA
WAMC

  The city of Springfield Massachusetts will reduce its municipal
workforce and cut some city services under a budget recommended by the
mayor. At the same time, the city council is being asked to raise almost
$3 million in fees and taxes to avoid even deeper cuts. WAMC's Pioneer
Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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