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New England News
5:48 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

MassDOT Secretary Dismisses Controversy Surrounding Board Restructuring

Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick has released all five members of the state transportation board. The board will be restructured in September, but the move is sparking some controversy. WAMC’s Lucas Willard filed a report…

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Condos Says Vermont Clerks Should Have to Report Results

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos says he wants to require that city and town clerks report election results to his office on election night.

At the same time, Condos says he wants to streamline other steps in the reporting process to make it easier for clerks.

Condos said Tuesday marked the second part of a three-part test this year: He asked clerks to report results to his office in the March presidential primary, the state primary and on the night of the general election coming up in November.

New England News
5:33 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New England Unemployment Rate Rises

The unemployment rate in New England climbed in July but remains below the national average.

The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday the jobless rate in the six-state region was 7.1 percent last month, up from 6.8 percent in June.

Rhode Island's 10.8 percent unemployment rate is the highest in New England and the second highest in the U.S.

By contrast, Vermont's rate of 5 percent is the lowest in the region and the fifth lowest in the country.

The national jobless rate in July was 8.3 percent.

New England News
5:30 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Convicted Ex-Massachusetts House Speaker Forfeits Pension

   The imprisoned former speaker of the Massachusetts House, Salvatore DiMassi has been stripped of his state pension.  WAMC’S Paul Tuthill reports

New England News
5:28 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

CT House Speaker Withdraws from Congressional Race

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Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan is withdrawing as a third party candidate for the state’s 5th Congressional District.

After losing the Democratic primary on Aug. 14 to former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Donovan could have remained in the race because he was cross-endorsed by the Connecticut Working Families Party.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Northern New England to Receive $9.6 Million in Drug Settlement

Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire are receiving a total of $9.6 million as part of a nationwide settlement between the drug company Johnson & Johnson and the 34 other states.

The $181 million nationwide settlement with Johnson and Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals is believed to be the largest multi-state consumer protection settlement ever.

Vermont's share is $4.1 million. New Hampshire's is about $2.8 million and Maine's is $2.7 million.

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New England News
4:19 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Problems Found At Mass. Police Drug Evidence Lab

Massachusetts State Police say a chemist at a drug evidence lab in Boston failed to follow proper procedures raising the possibility people were wrongly convicted.. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

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WAMC News
12:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New College Solar Array Aims to Educate Students and Farmers About Alternative Energy

The array and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Secretary Chuck Ross and UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Tom Vogelmann.
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A new solar installation at the University of Vermont is targeting not only powering part of the campus, but enhancing Vermont’s statewide agriculture sector.

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New England News
6:30 am
Thu August 30, 2012

UMass Amherst Set To Begin New School Year

    The population of Amherst Massachusetts will swell by tens of thousands of people during the next several days as college students move in  for the start of a new school year.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Study Suggests Dam Removal Can Restore Native New England Fish Species

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Researchers are claiming that it’s possible to save important native New England fish species if certain upgrades and removal of existing infrastructure can be made. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Ecologists from UMass Amherst and Stony Brook University in New York are saying that although the survival of some species of river herring in New England is threatened, work can be done to restore the small fish to healthy populations.

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