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12:51 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Mayor's Budget Expected To Result In Layoffs, Cutbacks

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
City of Springfield

The next state budget in Massachusetts is likely to include the
first increase in local aid in four years. But, it appears it won't be
enough to avert layoffs and service cuts in the state's third largest
city.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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WAMC News, North Country News
11:59 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Vermont Rejects No Child Left Behind Waiver

The state of Vermont recently announced that education officials there will not seek a waiver from requirements under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

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New England News
9:47 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Two Dead after Ten Shootings in Hartford

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra (pictured right)
Darlene Susco Flickr.com

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra plans to meet with the city's acting police chief to discuss a weekend of violence in which 10 people were shot and two of them killed.

Police say a 16-year-old from Windsor and a 24-year-old Hartford man were found shot to death Saturday in separate incidents.

The Hartford Courant reports the teenager was found unresponsive in the driveway of a multifamily home on Thomaston Street at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

New England News
9:36 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Feds Step Up Efforts to Find Stolen Boston Art

Federal investigators say they are launching a public awareness campaign that could include billboards and television ads to help solve the 1990 art heist from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

The campaign could go international and is expected to be similar to the operation that led to the capture of James "Whitey" Bulger.

The Boston Globe reports the campaign will reintroduce the public to the 13 stolen masterpieces, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and Manet, and try to solicit information concerning their whereabouts.

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New England News
3:44 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Thousands Mourn At Police Officer's Funeral In Springfield Mass.

A hearse with the body of Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose leaves the church following his funeral mass
WAMC

Thousands came out Friday to pay their last respects to a veteran Springfield Massachusetts police officer who was shot dead earlier this week after responding to a domestic dispute..  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill reports.

        Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose was remembered for his fun loving spirit, his sense of humor, athletic prowess and his dedication to family, friends and the citizens of Springfield, whom he served for 36 years. 

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New England News
12:45 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Rallies Planned over Birth Control Mandate

President Barack Obama signs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law.
(US Government photo)

Protests are planned in Connecticut and around the country over the Obama administration mandate that employers provide workers birth control coverage.

The mandate requires employers to provide health insurance that includes birth control for workers. The plan sparked protests from faith leaders because it included most religious nonprofits such as hospitals and colleges.

Religious and civil rights organizations are holding protests today in New Haven and other cities called "stand up for religious freedom."

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New England News
12:43 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Two MA Police Officers Being Laid to Rest

Officer Kevin Ambrose
Springfield Police Dept

Two Massachusetts police officers are being laid to rest.

Funerals for Springfield Officer Kevin Ambrose and Rutland Officer Sean Cooney are being held today.

Ambrose was shot and killed while investigating a domestic dispute on Monday. His funeral is at St. Catherine of Siena church in Springfield. Ambrose's pastor from St. Cecilia's Parish in Wilbraham will conduct the service with Springfield Bishop Timothy McDonnell.

New England News
12:25 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Deadly Violence Against Police On The Rise

Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose, who was killed in the line of duty
Springfield Police Dept

National statistics point to an increase in deadly violence against law enforcement officers. A 36 year veteran policeman in Springfield Massachusetts was the latest to lose his life in the line of duty when he was shot dead earlier this week while trying to resolve a domestic dispute.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:00 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Studies Reveal New Details About Regional Climate Change

 

New scientific data shows that Massachusetts is home to many ecosystems resistant to climate change, while communities across the region this past spring have experienced record temperatures. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

According to new data acquired from the Climate Systems Research Center at UMass Amherst, mean temperatures across the state for the past few months are among the highest on record.

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New England News
5:01 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Northern Berkshire Healthcare Emerges From Bankruptcy

North Adams Regional Hospital
Lucas Willard WAMC

Northern Berkshire Healthcare, owner and operator of the North Adams Regional Hospital, has announced they have recovered from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Northern Berkshire Healthcare entered Chapter 11 restructuring in June of last year. Now the parent organization of North Adams Regional Hospital and source of about 575 jobs in North Adams has announced profits and a plan to move forward.

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