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12:25 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Alternative Uses For Coal Plant To Be Studied

The future is in doubt for one of just two remaining coal powered electricity generating plants in Massachusetts.  Municipal officials and environmentalists believe age and the current economics of burning coal will bring an end to the Mount Tom Power Plant in Holyoke.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

      An advisory committee made up of Holyoke residents and appointed officials including  members of the Conservation Commission and Redevelopment Authority will explore alternative uses for the Mount Tom Power Plant.

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WAMC News, North Country News
12:04 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Diocese Dedicates Largest Solar Array in Burlington

Rock Point School Solar Array
WAMC

The largest solar installation in the city of Burlington is now on-line and has been dedicated by the state’s Episcopal Diocese. The 35 solar trackers were installed at the Rock Point School, a small boarding school owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont.  The 147 kilowatt array will provide about 66-percent of the power for the campus.

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New England News
7:08 am
Wed May 2, 2012

MA Releases Additional Tornado Relief Funds

The Patrick administration has released an additional $520,000 in tornado relief funds for Western Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

Most of the money is for home repairs in the nine communities hit hardest by the June 1st natural disaster, according to the announcement from the Department of Housing and Community Development.

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New England News
7:04 am
Wed May 2, 2012

MA Casino Panel Weighs Pre-Qualification Plan

The panel overseeing the Massachusetts’ new gambling law is weighing a plan to pre-qualify potential casino developers in the state. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Under the proposal discussed by the Gaming Commission on Tuesday, a would-be developer would have to demonstrate that it has sufficient financial backing and a track record in the gaming industry before it can begin negotiations with a host community.

A spokeswoman for the five-member commission said the panel would study the idea further before deciding whether to adopt it.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

City Hall Protest Demands More Housing For The Poor

This apartment house in Springfield MA damaged by the June 1 2011 tornado was later demolished
WAMC

Anti poverty activists want more housing for the poor in Springfield Massachusetts. The comprehensive master plan for rebuilding from the tornado does not call for more affordable housing to be built.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..

 

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New England News
5:10 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Occupy Berkshires Rally Commemorates International Workers Day

May 1st is recognized as International Workers Day. In Pittsfield, an Occupy Berkshires rally was held to commemorate the day and raise awareness of political issues. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended the rally and spoke with activists and occupiers.

 

WAMC News, North Country News
4:45 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Welch Listens to Student Debt Stories

University of Vermont
WAMC

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch was at Vermont’s largest university Monday to hear students’ debt and loan concerns.
The federal Stafford Student Loan interest rate will double on July first if Congress does not pass a measure to stop the increase.  Vermont’s sole Congressman was at the University of Vermont to compile stories from students about their debt.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Physicians Group Issues New Warning On Nuclear War

IPPNW

At a recent gathering of Nobel Laureates in Chicago, a report was released detailing the danger facing the world from a limited nuclear war between India and Pakistan.  The author of the report is a western Massachusetts physician. Dr. Ira Helfand,  vice president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

New England News
8:48 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Massachusetts OKs Small Hike in Health Insurance Rates

State insurance regulators have approved a 1.2 percent quarterly increase in small group health insurance rates in Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The state Division of Insurance also said Monday that two of the state's largest insurers — Tufts and Fallon — actually plan to lower rates for the three-month period beginning July 1.

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New England News
8:16 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Law Enforcement Officials Investigate New Ways to Prevent Crime

Several top law enforcement officials in Western Massachusetts met Monday to explore new strategies for crime prevention.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

At a conference in Springfield, the retired police chief of High Point North Carolina, James Fealy said his department implemented a strategy of strong community partnerships and focused deterrence to shut down open air drug markets.   The result, violent crime over the last decade is down 47 percent in High Point.

“There’s been dramatic impact.”

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