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6:26 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Springfield Unity Festival To Celebrate Diversity Through Song

Organizers of the Springfield Unity Festival announce details of the event in front of Symphony Hall. The co-founder York Mayo is at the microphone
Credit WAMC

Plans were announced today for a unity festival this fall in Springfield, Massachusetts. Organizers hope to bring together people from throughout western Massachusetts to highlight the region’s cultural, religious, racial, and age diversity. 

The theme of the festival, scheduled for mid-October, is the promotion of social integration through song.

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6:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

BMC Now Running Imaging Center At Former NARH

The MRI unit at the then North Adams Regional Hospital taken in October 2013
Credit Paul Hopkins / Formerly of Northern Berkshire Healthcare

Berkshire Medical Center is now running an imaging center at the former North Adams Regional Hospital.

The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays in the same location where radiology services were provided before North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28th. Pittsfield-based Berkshire Medical Center opened a satellite emergency facility at the campus in May.

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New England News
5:05 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Hours Being Cut At Rural Post Offices

Credit WAMC

The U.S. Postal Service is cutting hours at thousands of mostly rural post offices, and meeting objections in some places. 

Hours are being cut at fifty post offices in Massachusetts including several in Franklin County and the Berkshires. Postal Service spokeswoman Christine Dugas said the changes will be finished by early next year.

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New England News
12:37 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Mass. Welfare Agency Celebrates Client Success While Trying To Regain Public Trust

Mass. DTA Commissioner Stacey Monahan
Credit Andy McKeever / iBerkshires

The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance recently recognized client success in western Massachusetts as the department looks to regain public trust after coming under scrutiny for handing out fraudulent benefits.

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New England News
4:36 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Former School Employee Convicted Of Theft

A former teacher at a vocational school in Springfield, Massachusetts has been convicted on larceny charges for stealing cash from a student fundraising activity.

   A district court judge sentenced former Putnam Vocational High School teacher Ann Berry to three years probation with 240 hours of community service. An internal audit in 2011 revealed a number of scams by several school employees.  City Councilor Tim Rooke was on the audit committee at the time.

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New England News
10:15 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Suit Challenges NH Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone

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A conservative Christian law group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down New Hampshire's 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics.

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New England News
10:10 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Democratic Candidate For Mass. Lt. Gov. Mike Lake Visits Pittsfield

Mike Lake, a Democratic candidate for Massachusetts lieutenant governor
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Mike Lake, one of three Democratic candidates running for Massachusetts lieutenant governor, was in Pittsfield Tuesday. The seat has been vacant since May 2013 when Democrat Tim Murray left to head the Worcester Chamber of Commerce.

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New England News
9:45 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

FairPoint Workers To Take Strike Vote

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Unions representing nearly 2,000 employees of telecommunications firm FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are scheduling a strike authorization vote from July 11 to 13.

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New England News
8:30 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

US EPA Uses Vermont Flood Planning To Help Others

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a checklist to help communities prepare for floods based on the experiences of communities in Vermont's Mad River Valley.

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New England News
7:45 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Shumlin Celebrates Veterans Laws

Credit White River Junction VA Medical Center

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he's proud of the state's support of veterans and families, including health care at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.

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