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5:44 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Massachusetts Housing Market Improves

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors, which tracks monthly home sales data in the Commonwealth, recently announced that home sales are up over 26% from the same time last year, marking the eighth month in a  row of year-over year increases.

President of the MAR Trisha McCarthy says there are a number of factors that point to why home sales in the past year are up in Massachusetts…

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New England News
5:37 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Pittsfield Approves New Fiscal Sponsor For Community Gardens Program

David Frazier is walking through the Robbins Garden, part  of the Westside Community Garden Initiative in Pittsfield. The garden which hasn’t been planted for the season yet, is sprouting a few perennials like onions and carrots.

Frazier is chairman of the Westside Garden Community subcommittee. This garden, which was opened in 2007 on a city-owned lot, provides underserved Pittsfield residents with fresh produce in the summer months.

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New England News
3:12 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Ex-cop Sent To Jail For Flashlight Assault

Melvin Jones III was left permanently disfigured by the assault by Jeffrey Asher
Arise for Social Justice

     A former Springfield Massachusetts police officer will serve time behind bars for pummeling a man on the face with a flashlight after a traffic stop.  The brutal assault was recorded by a passerby and the video posted to the internet, and was key evidence at the trial.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill was at Wednesday’s sentencing hearing in Chicopee District Court.

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New England News
8:56 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Former MA Police Officer Sentenced to 18 Months for Pummeling Motorist

A former Springfield Massachusetts police officer has been ordered by a judge to serve 18 months in jail for pummeling a man on the face with a flashlight after a traffic stop.  WAMC's Paul Tuthill reports…

Judge Maureen Walsh, said Jeffrey Asher had failed to uphold his oath to protect and serve all when in November, 2009, he assaulted Melvin Jones III, who sustained numerous broken bones and was left partially blind in one eye.

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New England News
4:14 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Cold Snap Could Affect Fruit Crops

With high temperatures around 80 last week, and lows below freezing the next, the abrupt changes in weather could have lead to irreversible changes in the area’s agriculture.

 The warm weather and little snowfall has shortened the maple sugaring season and set conditions right for brushfires. Frost has damaged fruit trees in this week’s return of overnight temperatures below freezing.

 John Vittori, owner of Hilltop Orchards in Lenox, Massachusetts, has said that because of the mild spring his apple trees budded about 5 weeks ahead of schedule.

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New England News
8:02 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Connecticut Regulators: Preliminary OK to Utility Deal

Connecticut utility regulators have given preliminary approval to a settlement with the state that would help clear the way for Northeast Utilities to purchase Massachusetts energy company NStar for $4.9 billion.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority said Monday it believes the deal is good for ratepayers. It expects to give final approval next week after allowing the parties time to raise any final issues.

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New England News
12:12 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

MA Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged in February

BOSTON, MA (WAMC) - The unemployment rate in Massachusetts was unchanged in February even as a report said the state's economy added jobs. WAMC's Paul Tuthill reports...

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts has been stuck at 6.9 percent for three consecutive months, according to the state's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. 

Kevin Lynn of the FutureWorks Career Center in Springfield says it's a sign people who'd given up looking for work are returning to the labor market.

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New England News
12:09 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

CT Receives Federal Grant to Boost Solar Capacity

HARTFORD, CT (WAMC) - Connecticut is receiving a federal grant that will allow the state to improve its solar capacity and lower some installation costs for homeowners and small businesses that put in rooftop solar power systems. WAMC's Lucas Willard reports...

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the over 480,000 dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday afternoon.

The funding, to be used by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority and its partners, aims to improve both the permit process and connectivity with Connecticut utilities.

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New England News
12:05 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Dozens Arrested during Demonstration against Vermont Yankee

BRATTLEBORO, VT (WAMC) - Dozens of protesters were arrested in Brattleboro for trespassing on Entergy property during a demonstration against the continue operation of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Reactor. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports...

Seven others were arrested after entering the headquarters of the plant's owner, Entergy Corp., in New Orleans.

Thursday marked the first day of the plant's operation after its initial 40-year operating license expired a day earlier. 

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New England News
7:09 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Massachusetts' young voters get boost

Massachusetts teens as young as 16 would be allowed to "pre-register" to vote under a bill being backed by a key legislative committee on Beacon Hill. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more...

If the bill passes, the names of 16 and 17 year olds who pre-register would be added to the voter rolls after they turn 18.

Supporters say the bill is geared to help boost voter participation by getting teens involved in the electoral process even before they can cast a ballot.

The bill won the backing of the Legislature's Committee on Election Laws on Wednesday.

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