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8:40 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Massachusetts To Eliminate "Non-Compete" Agreements

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has unveiled a $100 million proposal he says will spur economic growth by improving job training, expanding the state's international marketing efforts and ending barriers to high tech workers who want to change jobs.

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North Country News
11:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Vermont Senate To Debate Lyme Disease Bill

Credit WAMC / Dave Lucas

Doctors and other health professionals would be immune from professional conduct charges if they pursued a hotly debated course of treatment for Lyme disease under a bill given preliminary approval by the Vermont Senate.

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North Country News
8:30 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Vermont Official To Oversee Health Care Efforts

Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller is going to be getting a new job overseeing all of Vermont's health care overhaul efforts.

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New England News
7:02 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Construction Continues To Replace School Destroyed By Tornado

Artists renderings show the new $28 million Brookings Elementary School
Credit WAMC

City and state officials marked a milestone in Springfield Thursday in the construction of a new school to replace one that was destroyed by the 2011 tornado. 

   There was a topping off ceremony that saw the final steel beam raised into place for the Brookings Elementary School.  Principal Terry Powe saw to it that each of the 300 students were able to sign the beam before construction workers raised into place.  The students have been in modular classrooms since the tornado destroyed the old school.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Regional Commission Votes In Favor Of Gas Pipeline

Proposed Pipeline route
Credit Addison County Regional Planning Commission

The Addison County Regional Planning Commission has voted in favor of running a natural gas pipeline from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, New York.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Gold Medal Skier Greets Fans In Pittsfield

Olympic gold medal skier Mikaela Shiffrin was in Pittsfield, Mass. meeting fans and signing autographs.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Olympic gold medal skier Mikaela Shiffrin was in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Wednesday meeting fans and ski enthusiasts.

Matthew Shields was just one in the line of people twisted around the confines of Plaine’s Bike, Ski & Snowboard shop and out the door.

“Can you sign this, a postcard and my arm?” Shields asked Shiffrin, who obliged.  

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New England News
5:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Congressman Neal: Work Continues For North Adams Medical Services

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)

U.S. Congressman Richard Neal says work to restore emergency service to the Northern Berkshires continues after the March 28th closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

Once an emergency facility is established, the Congressman wants the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to give it critical access designation, so it can receive increased federal reimbursements, Neal said on WAMC’s Congressional Corner program.

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New England News
4:16 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Poll Finds Marathon Bombings Changed Boston

With the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15th a new poll of Massachusetts residents finds a strong majority—73 percent -- believe the attack changed the city in a lasting way.

Of those who said the attack had altered the city, sixty-two percent said the change was for the better, according to the Western New England University Poll.   Polling director Tim Vercellotti said people mentioned a surge in civic pride and a feeling of unity that followed the bombing.

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New England News
12:31 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

UMass Basketball Player Joins Growing List Of Openly Gay Athletes

A recent trend of athletes making news with public disclosures of their sexuality continued on the UMass Amherst campus, where basketball player Derrick Gordon announced he is gay.   Gordon is the first openly gay NCAA Division I men’s basketball player.

      During a round of interviews with dozens of reporters on Wednesday, Gordon, a sophomore from New Jersey, said he just wanted to be himself, live a happy life, and not hide the truth any longer. He was not necessarily looking to become a trailblazer.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Minimum Wage Increase Moves To Vermont Senate

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont House on Wednesday gave final approval to an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from the current $8.73, to take effect in January. But Governor Peter Shumlin prefers moving to $10.10 in stages by 2017.

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