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4:45 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Berkshire Forum Focuses on Food Security

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition held a monthly forum in North Adams gathering area residents, community activists, and members of local government. NBCC executive director Al Bashevkin explains that the purpose of the meeting was to make the public aware of the challenges facing area food assistance programs…

The meeting let representatives from local food pantries introduce themselves to the public, discuss challenges they are facing with an increased demand with a decrease in state and federal funding, and brainstorm new ideas to address those challenges.

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New England News
3:55 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Housing Discrimination Complaints Rising

A foreclosed house in Springfield MA
WAMC

Civil rights authorities say they've seen a serious uptick in housing discrimination complaints in Massachusetts.  Its further fall out from the foreclosure crisis.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
8:25 am
Fri April 13, 2012

MA Man with Terrorism Ties Sentenced to 17 ½ Years in Prison

A Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to help al-Qaida has been sentenced by a federal judge in Boston to 17 and a half years in prison.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Speaker DeLeo Talks Budget with Berkshire Residents

The breakfast held at the Waconah Country Club in Dalton, and hosted by the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, brought together business owners, community leaders, and students from Waconah high school to meet and ask questions with legislators and Speaker of the House, Robert DeLeo. Berkshire Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mike Supranowicz remarked on the presence of the Speaker at the “Eggs and Issues” event…

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New England News
6:11 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Massachussetts Announces Federal Grant for Small Business Broadband

The federal stimulus funding was awarded to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. The MBI is a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, which was awarded the money through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s State Broadband Initiative Program.

The $600,000 will be distributed to four separate Community Development Corporations across the Commonwealth.

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New England News
8:02 am
Thu April 12, 2012

MA House Proposes $32.3B State Spending Plan

Budget writers in the Massachusetts House have proposed a $32.3 billion state spending plan.

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New England News
6:47 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

State Officials Vote on Emergency Regulations For Massachusetts Ambulatory Sugery Centers

 The decision given Wednesday from the state’s Public Health Council, an independent panel of health professionals including doctors and advocates assembled under the Department of Public Health, has upset Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Massachusetts. Ambulatory Surgery Centers, or ASC’s, are privately-owned, tax-paying health care facilities that often provide cheaper care and services than what hospitals can offer.

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5:21 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Committee Hearings Held Regarding Legislature Involvement in Utility Merger

The merger of Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service has become controversial due to how the merged company plans to refund $21 million owed to CVPS ratepayers.  The companies want to repay ratepayers through energy efficiency measures, but AARP-Vermont and others have been pushing for direct cash refunds. An amendment was presented in the Vermont House that would force the direct payments to customers.  The House Natural Resources and Energy and the Commerce and Economic Development committees took testimony Tuesday on the appropriateness of Legislative intervention.

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New England News
3:55 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Public Housing Agency Promotes Family Self-sufficiency

SHA Robinson Gardens apartments , Springfield MA
WAMC

Helping people help themselves to someday leave public housing was the goal of a conference Wednesday sponsored by the public housing authority in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

    Every parent seeks a better life for their children was the motivational message aimed at more than 100 mostly young parents who attended today’s conference, some with their children in tow.

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New England News
12:33 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Massachusetts State Officials Hold Hearing on Medical Marijuana

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The Joint Committee on Public Health heard from advocates and opponents for the legalizing marijuana for medical use. S 1161 and H 625, the two bills before the Committee have been sent to further study.

H 3885, the medical marijuana ballot initiative, if passed by the legislature, would go to voters in November.

The Committee for Compassionate Medicine testified in favor of legalizing pot for individuals suffering from debilitating disease.

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