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4:34 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Public Show Of Support Urged For Rebuilding Cathedral High School

A group campaigning to convince church leaders to build a new Catholic high school in Springfield, Massachusetts is planning a big show of public support Tuesday.          

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New England News
10:39 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Ribbon Cutting Set For Pittsfield's Common

Pittsfield's Park, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager, Jim McGrath, on right, explains development plans for the First Street Common to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, at center, along with other state and local leaders in Nov. 2013.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

State and city officials are holding a ribbon cutting this afternoon to unveil a $4.8 million facelift of Pittsfield’s First Street Common.

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New England News
10:23 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Families Of Newtown Victims Sue Gun-Maker, Seller

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A law firm representing the families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured at the Sandy Hook Elementary School says it has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.

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New England News
8:51 am
Mon December 15, 2014

$814K Offered For Projects After VT Plant Closes

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Five Windham County projects have been selected to receive $814,000 in grants after the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shuts down.

Last year after the plant's owner, Entergy Nuclear, announced it was closing the plant, it agreed to contribute $10 million over five years for economic development in the county.

But Gov. Peter Shumlin said when he reviewed the 24 proposals, he found most didn't offer the "transformational new jobs and economic opportunity we were hoping for."

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New England News
12:30 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Soldier On Testifies Before Congressional Veterans Committee

Soldier On CEO Jack Downing
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The U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs recently held a hearing focused on ending veteran homelessness and improving the delivery of healthcare and other benefits to former service men and women. Massachusetts-based Soldier On was one of five nonprofits invited to testify before members of Congress to speak about their experiences and how they think veteran care should be provided. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with Soldier On CEO Jack Downing.

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New England News
6:00 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Longtime Stockbridge Sinfonia Conductor Dies At 84

Leonard Marcus playing the violin for his grandsons, Eli, on left, and Charlie
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The co-founder and longtime conductor of the Stockbridge Sinfonia died earlier this week.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Sanders Appointed Ranking Member Of Budget Committee

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Vermont’s junior senator has been assigned a key position on a key committee in the new session of Congress.

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New England News
7:45 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Shumlin Says It’s Time To Resolve Fairpoint Strike And Outages

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is calling for a quick resolution of the strike by unionized workers for FairPoint Communications, saying "enough is enough" on a recent spate of phone and Internet outages on the company's system.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Officials Announce Full Build Out For Union Station

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A new financing plan was announced today to accelerate the redevelopment of Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts

       City officials said a proposed addition of $3.2 million in local funds along with a previously announced $4.2 million grant from the state will allow the transit-focused elements of the project to be completed simultaneously with tenant-ready commercial space and additional parking.

     "It is a big achievement having all the money that is now needed to get this project done," said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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New England News
3:54 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

New Authority To Operate Springfield Middle Schools

Kiley Middle School in Springfield, MA is one of 8 city middle schools that will be run by a public-private partnership.
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In a first of its kind collaboration in Massachusetts, eight struggling middle schools in Springfield are going to be run by a partnership of state and local education officials and an independent advisor.

   The Springfield School Committee has signed an agreement to turn budgeting and staffing decisions at the 8 schools over to a public-private partnership called the Springfield Empowerment Zone.  Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno, who described the move as bold and innovative, said the new operating authority won’t take full charge of the schools until the next academic year.

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