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4:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Sen. Blumenthal's Abortion Act To Go Before Judiciary Committee

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
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Supporters of a bill that would prohibit a government body from passing a law prohibiting access to abortions or the operation of an abortion clinic will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

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New England News
8:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Group Wants Pipeline Permit Change

The Conservation Law Foundation wants the state to halt construction on the Vermont Gas Pipeline until regulators approve additional costs.

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New England News
7:45 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Welch Discusses Transportation Fund Negotiations

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The Vermont Agency of Transportation has released a list of more than 50 road, bridge and rail projects that could be delayed because the federal money relied on for those projects might not be available.

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New England News
6:24 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Mass. Broadband Institute Sees Collaboration As Key To Connectivity

Mass. State Sen. Ben Downing, right, speaking at the Massachusetts Broadband Institute conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pittsfield Monday. Seated from left to right, MBI Deputy Dir. Ben Dobbs, Axia VP of sales & services Phil Roberts and Berkshire Health Systems CIO Bill Young.
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Representatives from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute were in Pittsfield Monday morning to update area leaders on the expansion of fiber-optic internet to the westernmost reaches of the Commonwealth.

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New England News
6:16 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Chicopee Fire Chief To Retire

Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos announced the retirement plans of Fire Chief Stephen Burkott
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There is going to be another change in top management of public safety in the second- largest city in western Massachusetts.

   Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos Monday announced the planned retirement of   Fire Chief Stephen Burkott, which is expected within a year. Burkott, 62, has been on the Chicopee Fire Dept.  41 years, the last dozen as chief.

  " It truly was, or is, the best job in the world," said Burkott.

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New England News
4:07 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Massachusetts To Receive $47 Million From Citigroup Settlement

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Massachusetts will get an almost $47 million share of the $ 7 billion settlement over Citigroup’s mortgage-backed securities activities.

Malcolm Chu, an organizer with Springfield No One Leaves—a group that fights foreclosure related evictions – said the settlement needs to be independently monitored to assure that help gets to people in need of loan modifications in order to stay in their homes.

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New England News
12:44 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

UMass Names Operations Director For New Springfield Center

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A director has been hired for the University of Massachusetts’ first satellite campus in Springfield.  City native and UMass graduate William Davila was named director of operations for the UMass Center at Springfield. Classes are scheduled to start Sept. 2nd at the new campus in a downtown office tower.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with Davila

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New England News
10:00 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Bear Visit Complaints Going Up In Vermont

Black Bear
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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says it's getting more complaints about bear visits.

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New England News
3:15 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Vermont Surgeon Resolves Criminal Case With Plea

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A Vermont surgeon who was shocked by police with a stun gun after smashing out his former girlfriend's car headlights with an ax has settled the case by pleading guilty to a charge of resisting arrest.

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New England News
12:53 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Volunteers Monitor Connecticut River For Contamination

Boaters and swimmers can take comfort in knowing the Connecticut River is cleaner than it has been in years.  The Connecticut River Watershed Council monitors river contamination using volunteers who take samples at designated locations on the river.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the council’s executive director Andrew Fisk.

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