New England News

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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New England News
4:00 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Volunteers Participate In Tornado Rebuilding Effort

WAMC

A city -wide natural disaster rebuilding effort took place in Springfield Massachusetts Wednesday to commemorate the anniversary of the June 1st tornadoes.  The city was also awarded more federal funds to cover some of the costs to repair its tornado damaged infrastructure. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

        As the anniversary of the June 1st tornadoes in western Massachusetts approaches, the recovery has come a long way, but there are stark reminders there is still a long way to go.

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New England News
7:57 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Conservation Restriction Placed on Forested, Western MA Mountain

Officials have placed a conservation restriction on a forest covered mountain in western Massachusetts marking the largest private land conservation deal in the state in nearly a century. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

The conservation restriction on 3,500 acres of Brushy Mountain in the towns of Leverett and Shutesbury allows forestry operations to continue, but conserves wildlife habitat and will provide recreational access to the public on what was previously private land.

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WAMC News, North Country News
5:19 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Conference To Assess New Measures of Economic and Social Progress

A conference is planned Wednesday to begin establishing a Genuine Progress Indicator in Vermont. It will measure more than the state’s monetary progress by including environmental and social indicators such as an happiness index.

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