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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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New England News
12:24 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

State Police Called After Hinsdale Select Board Denies Ex-Police Chief's Bid For Part-Time Position

People leave the Hinsdale Select Board meeting Wednesday night after the Board adjourned the meeting just 15 minutes after it began.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

In the small western Massachusetts town of Hinsdale, the Select Board Wednesday shot down the bid by ousted Police Chief Nancy Daniels’ to be hired as a part-time officer. Following the decision, the Select Board voted to adjourn the meeting after 15 minutes, as the crowd angrily voiced their disapproval. 

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North Country News
11:15 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Shumlin Touts Improving Transparency Grade

Governor Peter Shumlin

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says a government website that features budget, contract, grant and other information has helped improve the state's grade for transparency.

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Vermont Official Says Lawmakers Want Too Many Reports

Vermont Sttehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

A top health care aide to Governor Peter Shumlin says Vermont lawmakers may be demanding too much information too fast from her office.

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North Country News
7:45 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Vermont House Approves January Minimum Wage Increase

Vermont House Chamber
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont House passed a bill Wednesday afternoon  that would make the state the first in the country to cross the $10 mark in its minimum wage.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

BMC Provides Updates On Medical Services In Northern Berkshires

North Adams Regional Hospital has been closed since March 28.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Berkshire Medical Center provided the following updates on health care services in the Northern Berkshires following Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing by Northern Berkshire Healthcare on April 3. Approximately 530 people were employed by NBH.

Employment

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New England News
6:10 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

How Do The Democratic Berkshires Factor Into 2014 Statewide Races?

Credit wikipedia.org

Election season in Massachusetts features a host of statewide races, but will the reliably blue Berkshires have a role to play?

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