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4:31 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Mass. Governor Baker Halts Regulations

Governor Charlie Baker (R-Mass.)
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is hitting the pause button for new state regulations and halting the renewal of regulations for the next three months.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Author Salman Rushdie Speaks in Burlington

Salman Rushdie
Credit Syrie Moskowitz / UVM

Author Salman Rushdie is perhaps best known for 1988’s The Satanic Verses, which led to death threats and forced him into hiding for many years. The incident a sparked a debate over free speech and religion that the world is having again this week. Rushdie was at the University of Vermont last night to talk about one of his children’s books, but the recent terrorist attacks in Paris also came up.

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New England News
12:22 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

'Dented, But Not Broken' Glass Innovator Hopes To Prevent Tragedy

A tested pane of School Guard Glass
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 have created an ever-increasing focus on school safety. Well one Berkshire County man decided to do something about it.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Protesters Snarl Morning Commute Near Boston

Protestors anchored themselves to concrete-filled barrels and blocked morning rush hour traffic at two locations on I-93 outside Boston Thursday
Credit MSP

Twenty-nine people were arrested in Boston this morning after a protest that blocked rush-hour traffic on a major interstate highway.

    The protesters attached themselves to barrels containing concrete and blocked traffic on Interstate 93 at two locations north and south of Boston.  A spokeswoman for the protest said it was a call to improve race relations in light of the deaths of black men at the hands of white police officers in Missouri and New York.  Massachusetts State Police Col. Tim Alben sharply criticized the protesters actions.

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New England News
10:49 am
Thu January 15, 2015

UMass Amherst Ends Confidential Informant Program

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The UMass Amherst chancellor has ended a campus police department program that used students as confidential informants in drug investigations.

            Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy concluded the program was in not in keeping with the university’s core values and campus police have other tools available to combat illegal drugs, according to spokesman Ed Blaguszewski.

             " On balance,the chancellor concluded we really need to focus on creating trust and shared common goals and demonstrating compassion in a save and secure environment."

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New England News
10:12 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Windsor Town Flag Arrives At Massachusetts State House

The design for the town flag of Windsor, Mass.
Credit Susan Edwards

The Windsor town flag is nearing the end of its 130-mile journey from a design concept to its future home in the Massachusetts State House Great Hall of Flags.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Governor To Give Budget Address Thursday

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is scheduled to deliver his budget address Thursday afternoon. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley takes a look at what’s expected.

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New England News
6:09 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Springfield Mayor Livid Over Placement Of Homeless Families In City Apartments

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno protests a state program that he says is concentrating homeless families in city apartments in a few neighborhoods.
Credit WAMC

The mayor of Springfield is calling on the administration of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to end a practice by the past administration of placing homeless families in congregate housing.

An angry Mayor Domenic Sarno said de-facto group homes for homeless families have been created in apartment buildings concentrated in a handful of city neighborhoods since last fall with city inspectors finding in some cases 3-4 families living in a single apartment.

" This is absolute BS," said Sarno at a city hall news conference.

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New England News
5:04 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

US Inspectors Cite Millstone For Unspecified Safety Problems

Millstone Power Station
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has notified the Millstone Power Station in Connecticut that more inspections and oversight are possible after a November 24 inspection found problems related to unspecified safety issues.

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New England News
4:44 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Legislation Proposed To Protect Pregnant Workers' Rights

A bill has been filed in the Massachusetts legislature aimed at preventing blatant discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace.

    The legislation would  require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers, which advocates say could include more breaks, lighter duties, or simply providing a chair to sit in. State Representative Ellen Story, who filed the bill Wednesday in the House said she hopes it sails through.

   "I don't know who would publicly be against this bill," said Story.

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