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New England News
8:14 am
Thu May 10, 2012

MA Group Lauds Obama for Same-Sex Marriage Stance

The group MassEquality is applauding President Barack Obama's declaration that he supports same-sex marriage.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

After refusing to take a clear stand for months, Obama made the announcement in an interview with ABC News at the White House on Wednesday.

Polling suggests the nation is evenly divided on the issue

MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini says Obama's evolution on the issue is not unlike the experience of many Americans who have come to understand why marriage is important to same-sex couples and their children.

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New England News
7:46 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Hundreds Attend Hurricane Preparedness Conference in MA

Public safety officials from across Massachusetts attend a hurricane preparedness conference
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With the start of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season less than a month away, hundreds of people attended a hurricane preparedness conference Wednesday in central Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

The director of the National Hurricane Center, Bill Read urged hundreds of public safety officials not to be in denial when they see a forecast that has a hurricane tracking to New England.

Read said since 1990 hurricane tracking errors, 48 hours from landfall, have been cut in half. But forecasting a storm’s intensity remains tricky…

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New England News
6:30 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Community Effort Addresses Teen Pregnancy

Teen pregnancy prevention messages on display in Holyoke, MA
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A community wide collaboration is credited with helping to reduce teenage pregnancy in Holyoke Massachusetts.  Officials acknowledge there is much work yet to do, as Holyoke has the highest teen birth rate in the state.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Berkshire County Towns Vote at Annual Meetings

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Anne Skinner, President of the Williamstown League of Women Voters says that in New England, it’s a long-standing tradition for towns and town residents to make big decisions together at the yearly event.

Because of the tradition and gathering of people, Anne Skinner says that town officials are often chosen in May, rather than November, unlike cities in New England, or adjoining states.

Berkshire County is home to many communities classified as towns and many new positions were filled.

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New England News
4:10 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Hundreds Attend Hurricane Conference In Massachusetts

MEMA's new mobile command center on display at hurricane prepardness conference
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  With the start of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season  23 days away,  hundreds of people attended a hurricane preparedness conference Wednesday in Massachusetts.. The first of its kind event was hosted by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
1:17 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Massachusetts Joins Federal "Secure Communities" Program Under Mandate

The federal “Secure Communities” program requires that fingerprints be taken from arrested individuals and compared to immigration and FBI databases. Proponents are saying the program is the most effective tool for detecting illegal immigrants. Opponents argue the system leads to racial profiling, or targets low-level offenders.

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New England News
8:08 am
Wed May 9, 2012

TD Bank Expected to Cut 200 Western MA Jobs

About 200 people are expected to lose their jobs when TD Bank closes a customer call center in Springfield at the end of the year.

The workers learned at a meeting Tuesday night that the 24/7 customer support center will close in December as part of a decision to consolidate call centers to locations in Maine, New Jersey and South Carolina.

The branch at the location will remain open.

Bank spokesman Jimmy Hernandez tells WWLP-TV it was a difficult decision and did not reflect job performance.

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New England News
7:55 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Plans for MA Casino near Patriots' Home Halted

Plans to bring a $1 billion resort-style casino proposed by Las Vegas casino developer Steve Wynn to the New England Patriots' hometown have been suspended.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Tuesday's announcement from The Kraft Group and Wynn Resorts came after Foxborough voters elected two selectmen who opposed negotiations with Wynn.

He had planned to build the resort on land leased from Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Under a Massachusetts law legalizing casino gambling, casino developers must negotiate an agreement with the city or town where they hope to build.

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New England News
7:49 am
Wed May 9, 2012

MA Pols Object As Nuke Plant Relicensing Nears

Massachusetts' only nuclear power plant is seeking permission to operate another 20 years. But as a decision nears, some high ranking state officials say a record-long federal review of the request by the owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station hasn't been long enough.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The Plymouth plant's license expires June 8. Its owner, Entergy, is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew the license until 2032.

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New England News
7:46 am
Wed May 9, 2012

CT House Backs Requirement to ID Campaign Donors

Connecticut has taken the first step requiring corporations and other groups that independently spend money or run ads for political candidates to identify top donors. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

The House of Representatives approved legislation 94-to-54 on Tuesday intended to bring more transparency to political financing.

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