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WAMC New England News
11:51 am
Mon February 27, 2006

Mentor Hospitals Selected to Help Reduce Medical Errors

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Baystate Medical Center in Springfield is among a number of regional hospitals selected as peer mentors in a nonprofit's campaign to reduce medical errors and hospital infections. The organization hopes to save as many as 100,000 lives through its efforts.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

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WAMC New England News
11:19 am
Mon February 27, 2006

Health Care Reform Primary Issue in Vermont House and Senate This Week

Montpelier, VT – Health care reform will lead the agenda in the Vermont legislature this week. The Senate will consider what's called the Common Sense Initiative. At the same time, the House will review it's health care affordability act to extend health care coverage to more Vermonters. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has a preview of what's expected.

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WAMC New England News
4:58 am
Mon February 27, 2006

Trade Education in Berkshires

North Adams, MA – A conference designed to impart area business leaders with international trade know-how is set to be held at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts... MCLA ... in North Adams.

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WAMC New England News
12:43 am
Mon February 27, 2006

Anime in the Berkshires

Great Barrington, MA – Japanese animation, known as Anime, is a multi-billion dollar industry and Saturday, Simon's Rock College of the Bard was home to Berkshire County's first Anime convention - Llamacon 2006.

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WAMC New England News
11:42 am
Fri February 24, 2006

Hunger Still a Problem in Western Mass.

SPRINGFIELD, MA – A new survey shows hunger is still a significant problem in the Northeast region, including a large portion of western Massachusetts.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

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WAMC New England News
4:13 am
Fri February 24, 2006

Mass. State Senator Optimistic About Higher Ed Bill

AMHERST, MA – A Massachusetts state senator brought good news to his annual meeting with the University of Massachusetts faculty senate this week. Senator Stan Rosenberg, the Amherst Democrat who co-chaired the Senate Task Force on Higher Education, says the legislature may be close to passing a significant higher education funding bill.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

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WAMC New England News
4:05 am
Fri February 24, 2006

Vermont To Return to Federal Prescription Program, Advocates Concerned

Montpelier, VT – The federal prescription plan that failed for many senior citizens when it was launched in January will be turned back on in Vermont next month. But some lawmakers and advocates for the elderly are worried that the federal government still has not worked out all of the problems with Medicare Part-D. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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WAMC New England News
11:57 am
Thu February 23, 2006

Teen Birth Rates Down in Holyoke and Springfield

HOLYOKE, MA – The number of teenagers who gave birth in 2004 was significantly lower in the Massachusetts cities of Springfield and Holyoke than in previous years. But the teen-pregancy rate remains relatively high, with Holyoke still the second highest, and Springfield the third. Only Lawrence, Mass. has more teen births.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

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WAMC New England News
5:23 am
Thu February 23, 2006

Towns and Cities Confused Over Budget

AGAWAM, MA – A top Massachusetts lawmaker is criticizing Governor Romney's proposed budget and is urging local municipalities not to use it as a benchmark when creating their own budgets.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

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WAMC New England News
11:59 am
Wed February 22, 2006

Reaction to Harvard's President's Resignation

South Hadley, MA – Avoiding a further battle with disgruntled faculty, Harvard's president Lawrence Summers announced yesterday that he will be leaving the university at the end of this academic year. His departure ends a tumultuous tenure lasting only 5 years-the shortest at the school since 1862.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff spoke to academics in the five-college region about the implications of Summers' resignation.

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