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New England News
7:32 am
Wed May 23, 2012

MA Officials Fighting Zebra Mussel Invasion

State environmental officials are kicking off a plan to fight the spread of the invasive zebra mussel in Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Later today, Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Edward Lambert and Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin will outline plans at a press conference at Pontoosuc Lake in Pittsfield,

Zebra mussels can multiply quickly, disrupting local ecosystems by covering other freshwater mussels and cutting off resources for other species.

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WAMC News, North Country News
5:14 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Unemployment Down But Overall Vermont Job Outlook Wobbly

Vermont’s unemployment rate is down two-tenths of a percent this month. One group says state's job market isn't improving as fast as it might appear.

The Vermont Department of Labor reports that the state unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in April, well below the national unemployment rate of 8.1 percent.  Economic and Labor Market Information Chief Mathew Barewicz says it continues a trend.

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WAMC News, North Country News
12:18 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Proposal Moves Forward

Burlington, VT City Hall
WAMC

The Burlington City Council has voted to move forward with a plan that would create a buffer zone around reproductive health care clinics in the city.

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New England News
7:03 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Sanders sorry to see nuke chairman go

Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders says he’s “extremely disappointed” that the chairman of the Federal Nuclear Regulatory  Commission has announced his resignation. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more….

Sanders reacted Monday to news of Gregory Jaczko’s departure by saying he has appreciated the chairman’s recognition that the NRC’s job is not to promote nuclear power, but to be a strong safety regulator.

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New England News
6:56 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Connecticut requires back pay from security firm

The state of Connecticut is requiring a private security company hired to protect several office buildings to provide its guards back pay after a review showed the firm breached its contract with the state. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

In a letter to SOS Security Inc., obtained Monday by The Associated Press, Connecticut’s Department of Administrative Services said it wants the New Jersey company to provide a plan for rectifying the breach, including a complete payroll audit for all affected employees.

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New England News
6:30 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Officials to review tornado claim process

WAMC

Massachusetts officials plan to release details of insurance claims connected to tornado destruction in the state's western and central parts last June. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more...

The National Weather Service says four tornadoes touched down during the June 1, 2011 storm, killing three people and damaging or destroying about 1,400 houses and 78 businesses.

State officials will join Springfield's mayor at 10 a.m. Tuesday at a damaged home in that city to review how insurance carriers and the state responded to the storm.

New England News
6:00 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

VT School May Encourage Use of Cell Phones in Class

Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington is looking for ways to save money but provide the same access to information that their Middle School enjoys, access to laptop computer for every student.

Frank Barnes is the Director of Technology for the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union. He’s helping develop an experiment to determine which technologies fit different styles of classroom learning.

The solution might just be to let students use a tool that many schools forbid in the classroom, their smartphone.

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New England News
3:01 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

US EPA Releases Housatonic River Status Report

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

The Housatonic River Status Report released by the US EPA last week comes after extensive meetings with the state governments of Massachusetts and Connecticut. The report outlines goals set by both states and the EPA, but no final cleanup plan has yet been identified.

PCB’s or polychlorinated biphenyls, are any of over 200 different believed to be cancer causing chemicals released into the Housatonic by General Electric in Pittsfield until the 1970s.

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New England News
7:50 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Hearings Scheduled for Proposed High-Speed Rail

Connecticut transportation officials have scheduled three public hearings on the plan to build a high-speed rail line linking New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, Mass.

The New Haven Register reports the June hearings in Enfield, New Britain and North Haven are part of the environmental assessment of the proposed 62-mile rail line.

The state Department of Transportation has prepared a report outlining the potential impact of the project on noise levels, air quality, water quality and cultural and recreational resources along the corridor.

New England News
7:21 am
Mon May 21, 2012

MA Group to Host Symposium on Problem Gambling

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling will host a symposium on problem gambling to discuss whether western Massachusetts is prepared to deal with expanded gambling.

The council is preparing communities to address problems associated with gambling as the state awaits the arrival of casinos after legislation was passed to expand gambling in the state. The prevention, intervention and treatment of problem gambling will be discussed.

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