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.
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.
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.
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.
More state funding is being sought to redevelop a major tourist attraction in Western Massachusetts. Officials made their pitch Tuesday to Governor Deval Patrick for more help for the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Governor Patrick said he was impressed by the progress made so far on what is planned as a $50 million dollar project to develop a facility capable of hosting events year round. But he stopped short of a firm commitment of more state money.
First lady Michelle Obama is sponsoring a future Navy submarine named after her home state. WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…
The White House said Tuesday that the first lady has accepted an invitation to be the sponsor of the future USS Ilinois, a Virginia-class submarine being built in Groton, Conn., and Newport News, Va. The new attack submarine is expected to join the fleet in late 2015.
As sponsor, Mrs. Obama will be involved in the life of the submarine and establish a special link to the ship's sailors and their families.