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4:51 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Vermont Legislature Close to Adjournment

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a budget for fiscal 2013, and that means the Legislature will likely adjourn sometime Saturday.

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New England News
4:25 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Bill to Expand Pittsfield Economic Development Authority Advances in Mass. Legislature

A bill sponsored by Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Senator Benjamin Downing, both of Pittsfield, would expand the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority by adding three additional board members. The board, also known as PEDA, was created in the late 90s to redevelopment the William Stanley Business Park, the former 52-acre home to General Electric, and largest employer of city residents for decades.

 Senator Downing says that the action was needed to allow the board to reach out and attract companies to the park.

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New England News
4:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

New Transit Center Named For Retiring Massachusetts Congressman

The John W. Olver Transit Center in Greenfield MA
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A first of its kind in the nation transit center opens Monday in western Massachusetts. The multi-modal facility in downtown Greenfield was dedicated Friday in honor of a soon to be retired Congressman.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
7:43 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Springfield, MA Officials Pursue Resort Casino Development

A casino advisory committee is being created in Springfield Massachusetts as city officials pursue a resort casino development.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

Springfield City Council President James Ferrera said the committee will advise the council on casino sitting issues.  The council could conceivably have to issue a special permit, change zoning, or take property by eminent domain to accommodate a casino development.

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WAMC News, North Country News
4:35 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Vermont Yankee Docket Schedule Debated

Following a court ruling, the Vermont Public Service Board is re-hearing whether the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant’s owner, Entergy Nuclear, should be given a state permit to operate an additional 20 years. And Entergy wants a year and a half to file its documents.

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New England News
12:23 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Massachusetts Legislators Seek Legalization of Marijuana

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As a pending ballot initiative for November aims to legalize the sale medical marijuana in the state, a bill filed by State Representative Ellen Story seeks to allow Massachusetts residents over 21 to legally purchase or grow marijuana for personal use. Representative Story says the bill represents the opinion of her district…

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New England News
12:15 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Community Corner: Wild Food Expert Russ Cohen

Berkshire Farm and Table is hosting its ongoing “Where the Wild Things Are” series of foraging programs throughout Berkshire County. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief spoke with Russ Cohen, a wild foods expert and educator…

Russ Cohen is a wild foods expert and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…And Eaten. More information on the “Where the Wild Things Are” hikes can be found at BerkshireFarmandtable.com

WAMC News, North Country News
11:58 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Making the Connection Between Severe Weather and Climate Change

This Saturday people across the region will join a global effort to link severe weather events to global climate change.

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New England News
7:31 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Survey: Many Western MA Tornado Survivors Still in Need

A survey of tornado survivors finds many with unmet needs as the one year anniversary of the natural disaster in western Massachusetts approaches.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

Eight days of canvassing by disaster response volunteers in tornado impacted neighborhoods of Springfield found dozens of people who still need help ranging from major roof repairs to replacing household appliances and furnishings.

Steven Abdow, a board member of Springfield Community Together, the FEMA organized long term recovery group, said the unmet needs are estimated to cost $1 million…

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New England News
7:15 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Governor Patrick Slams Alabama, Arizona over Immigration Policies

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is slamming Alabama and Arizona over their tough immigration policies.  WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Boston Globe reports that in a speech earlier this week at Tufts University, Patrick said the actions of states on the issue have been ham-fisted, self-defeating and even racist. He also calls much of the debate over immigration reform hysterical and poisonous.

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