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The lure of thousands of jobs in the fledgling Massachusetts gaming industry is powerful in the greater Springfield area, where unemployment remains high.  One of the companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts is holding a career fair to show off the types of jobs being promised. 

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One of the companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts is holding a career fair to show off the types of jobs being promised

   MGM Resorts brought about 30 of its employees from Las Vegas to Springfield to spend two days talking about what they do  in hotel operations, food, entertainment, finance, security and, of course, gaming.  Yvette Morales, who is college, said she was impressed by the career possibilities at a resort casino

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New Hampshire lawmakers are proposing putting up a privacy bubble against surveillance drones.

Leading the charge is Republican Representative Neal Kurk, who says it's obvious drones will soon become both widespread and intrusive.

The bill cleared a committee by a vote of 16-2 and could be taken up in the House as early as Wednesday. It prohibits drones from taking pictures over private property without the owner's permission.

New Hampshire is among 34 states that proposed various drone privacy bills this year.

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An environmental group plans to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not giving endangered species status to a rare songbird that breeds on mountaintops in northern New England, the Adirondacks and eastern Canada, and winters in the Caribbean.

A Vermont nonprofit housing group has taken down an online video ad after criticisms that it played on stereotypes of people from India.

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Special masses were said in Catholic churches in the region today to mark the installation of  Pope Francis.  

   About 200 people braved a snowstorm to attend a noon mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield, where Bishop Timothy McDonnell declared it a day to rejoice.

   The mass in Springfield took place several hours after the installation mass  for the new pope was held under bright blue skies in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican . The crowd there was estimated at between 150,000- 200,000 people.

A section of railway in Berkshire County has been reopened after a partial train derailment over the weekend.

Repairs were completed by Monday evening on a rail line owned by the Housatonic Rail Road.

Four cars had derailed in Lee shortly after midnight on Friday. According to railroad officials nobody was injured in the crash. The cause of the derailment is unknown.

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City councilors in Springfield Massachusetts have voted to reject a settlement with several banks over a foreclosure ordinance.

The vote means the city can implement the ordinance even if the banks continue to challenge its legality in the federal appeals court.  The ordinance, passed in 2011, and upheld by a federal judge last year requires banks to post a$10,000 bond to maintain and secure vacant foreclosed property.  City councilor Melvin Edwards said city taxpayers will no longer have to pay to eradicate the blight that results from foreclosure.

The U.S.  government has spent more than $812 billion on the war in Iraq, according to the National Priorities Project, a research center based in Northampton Massachusetts.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Christopher Hellman, a senior budget analyst at the National Priorities Project about what taxpayers got for their money in Iraq.

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One of the signature lasting effects on veterans of the Iraq War is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reveals that PTSD not only affects those who served, but their family members as well....

Amy, a resident of the Northern Berkshires is married to a veteran who served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, and was redeployed for Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. Amy, who asked to keep her last name anonymous, said that when her husband returned from war the first time in 2006, she noticed his behavior had changed.

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