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.
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.
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.
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.
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.