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Transportation officials say a $60 million project to replace the aging, deteriorated Interstate 91 bridge over Route 30 and the West River in Brattleboro, Vt., is scheduled to begin later this year.

Vermont's lone representative to the U.S. House of Representatives says the nation's veterans need better access to their health records from their time in the military.

West Springfield Expected To Set Casino Vote Soon

Jul 22, 2013

The town council in West Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a meeting to set a date for a voter referendum on the casino development deal proposed by Hard Rock International.

The President of Hard Rock New England said he'll ask the council when it meets on Tuesday to schedule the referendum for Sept. 10, before the start of the Big E expo the following weekend.

Hard Rock wants to build an $800 million resort casino on part of the Eastern States Exhibition fairgrounds.

Springfield voters last week approved a casino development deal with MGM Resorts.

Vermont Democratic Congressman Peter Welch is a co-founder and co-chair of the No-Labels Congressional Problem Solvers Coalition. There are now 80 members of the non-partisan group that works to bypass historic gridlock and pass legislation. 

Rowing programs are growing along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts. The opportunities for people to get out on the river coincide with successful efforts over the last decade to clean up the river.  The Connecticut River Watershed Council will celebrate rowing on a cleaner river at its annual meeting this Sunday. It is free and open to the public.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Connecticut River Watershed Council Executive Director Andrew Fisk.

Officials and members of the Northern Berkshire business and Franklin County business communities gathered in North Adams Friday to kick off a federally-funded initiative supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

The town council in West Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a meeting on Tuesday to set a date for a voter referendum on the casino development deal proposed by Hard Rock International

   Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland said he’ll ask the council to schedule the referendum for September 10th so that it occurs before the start of the Big E the following weekend.

   Hard Rock wants to build a resort casino on part of the Big E fairgrounds.

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Pittsfield has one. So do Easthampton, Shelburne, and a half-dozen more communities across Massachusetts. Now the largest city in western Massachusetts wants to create a state-designated cultural district.

The Springfield City Council voted unanimously this week to authorize the proponents of a downtown cultural district to apply for an official designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The goals of the district are to attract artists and cultural economy entrepreneurs to generate business and jobs and promote tourism.

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Police in Massachusetts have ended their three-day search for any trace of Jamie Lusher, a Westfield teenager who went missing nearly 21 years ago.

Since Tuesday, state police divers from New York and Massachusetts have been searching a section of Greenwater Pond in Becket, Mass – the place where convicted serial killer Lewis Lent Jr. recently admitted leaving Lusher’s body after killing him two decades ago.

The search was a cooperative effort between Massachusetts and New York State Police, and Massachusetts Environmental Police.

IBM Okays Vermont's Disclosure Of Layoff Numbers

Jul 18, 2013
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IBM has informed the Vermont Department of Labor that it will not object to the department’s disclosure of the total number of employees impacted by recent layoffs.

After Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan urged IBM to grant permission by noon Thursday, Noonan says IBM has complied.