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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
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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
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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.
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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?

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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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New England News
5:07 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

UMass' Derrick Gordon Is First Openly Gay Division One Basketball Player

Derrick Gordon speaks with reporters at UMass Amherst after coming out as gay.
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UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon says he feels liberated as the first openly gay NCAA division one basketball player.

   On the first day of his new life as an openly gay student athlete Gordon met with dozens of reporters in a round of interviews that lasted close to two hours and said he is comfortable being a trailblazing role model.

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New England News
4:52 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Connecticut Extends Testing For Recalled GM Cars

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Connecticut is extending emissions testing and waiving late fees for owners of General Motors cars being recalled.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Motor Vehicles Commissioner Melody Currey made the announcement Wednesday.

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New England News
3:31 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

UMass Basketball Player Comes Out As Gay

UMass guard Derrick Gordan

University of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Gordon has announced he is gay.  He is the first openly gay athlete in Division 1 men’s basketball.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Genny Beemyn, the director of the Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst – the campus L-G-T-B center.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Concerns Raised Over Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline

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While construction for a proposed pipeline across the northern portion of Massachusetts wouldn’t begin until April 2017, environmental groups are already expressing opposition. The proposal is to upgrade and expand the existing Tennessee Gas Pipeline covering parts of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

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New England News
8:57 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Moroccan National Arrested In Connecticut On Suspected Remote-Controlled Airplane Bomb

Federal officials say they've arrested a Moroccan national in Connecticut who expressed interest in using radio-controlled airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building.

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