New England News

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5:06 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Poll Finds Vermonters Deadlocked on Nuclear Plant

A poll released late last week finds Vermonters evenly divided on whether the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant should remain open.

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New England News
4:51 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Gov.Patrick Asked For More State Funds For Northampton Fairgrounds Project

New horse barns at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA
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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.

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New England News
8:03 am
Tue May 29, 2012

First Lady Sponsoring Future Navy Submarine

Barack & Michelle Obama

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.

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New England News
7:28 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Cardinal to Honor Military Chaplains for Holiday

Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley will celebrate Memorial Day by offering thanksgiving for the Boston priests who serve as military chaplains.

Right now, 12 priests from the Boston Archdiocese are serving as military chaplains, and 300 of Boston's priests have worked in the military since World War II.

The archdiocese's Catholic Appeal team has produced a video tribute to the chaplains to spread awareness about their work.

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New England News
5:07 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Community Corner: Mass. 1st Congressional District Candidate Congressman Richard Neal

In the last of a series of interviews with democratic candidates in the race for Massachusetts’ First Congressional District, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with US Representative Richard Neal.

Congressman Neal is running against former state senator Andrea Nuciforo and writer and activist Bill Shein in the race for Massachusetts’ First Congressional District.

 

New England News
8:08 am
Fri May 25, 2012

RI Agency Vice Chair Resigns amid Schilling Mess

The vice chairwoman of Rhode Island’s economic development agency has resigned, becoming the second official there to step down as the agency grapples with the future of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's troubled video gaming company. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Economic Development Corp. Vice Chairwoman Helena Foulkes said in a statement Thursday she spoke with Governor Lincoln Chafee and that thinks it's best that she resign.

She said she wished him luck "in this very difficult challenge."

A spokeswoman for Chafee had no immediate comment.

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WAMC News, North Country News
5:54 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

NRC Meeting on Vermont Yankee Disrupted

A public meeting by the NRC to discuss the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant took a bizarre turn last night as a silent protest disrupted proceedings and officials nearly stopped the meeting.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds annual meetings in Brattleboro to present its safety assessment of Vermont Yankee. Brattleboro Reformer reporter Josh Stilts covers Vermont Yankee for the paper.  He says the meeting started cordially, but took an odd twist as it progressed.

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New England News
5:53 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Report Looks at Massachusetts Criminal Background Reform

The report, titled “The Continuing Challenge of CORI Reform”, sponsored by the Boston Foundation and the Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice, aimed to gauge if a key provision in recent reforms to the Criminal Offender Record Information System have been effective.

Project Coordinator Len Engel, of the Crime and Justice Institute, said that the Boston Foundation approached CRJ with a simple question in mind.

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New England News
5:40 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Community Corner: Mass. 1st Congressional District Candidate Andrea Nuciforo, Jr.

In the second of a series of interviews with democratic candidates in the race for Massachusetts’ First Congressional District, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with former state senator Andrea Nuciforo, Jr.

Nuciforo is running against writer and activist Bill Shein, and Congressman Richard Neal, in the race for Massachusetts’ First Congressional District

New England News
8:03 am
Thu May 24, 2012

RI Governor Says Schilling Company's Woes A "Tragedy"

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee says the troubles facing Curt Schilling's video game company represent a "tragedy" for the state.

Chafee briefed reporters Wednesday on efforts to help 38 Studios survive and prevent the state from having to pay its debts.

Chafee says he's frustrated by the company's failure to provide information on its finances. He says he knows the company has laid off employees.

Still, Chafee says he's determined to try to help Schilling's company despite what he says are "terrible" indications about its health.

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