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6:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Congressional Panel Conducts First Review Of Sanders-McCain Veterans Bill

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Independent Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Arizona Republican Senator John McCain introduced a bipartisan bill June 5th intended to improve veterans’ access to health care and address problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This week, the Senate and House Veterans Conference Committee met to discuss the new proposal.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The Clark's Renovations Sync With Natural Artwork

The reflecting pools overlook Stone Hill meadow.
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The Clark Art Institute will open the doors on a heavily anticipated renovation July 4th.

Architects and museum leaders proudly showed off the refurbished 140-acre Williamstown, Massachusetts campus, envisioned through plans that began taking shape in the late 1990s, on Friday.

“People will know that they’re in the Clark, but they’ll try to figure out how it’s changed and it’s changed in a million ways,” said museum director Michael Conforti.

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New England News
4:08 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Only One Medical Marijuana Facility Oked In Western Massachusetts

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Massachusetts health officials Friday eliminated nearly half the applicants for medical marijuana dispensaries, leaving just one in western Massachusetts.

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New England News
3:41 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

New TV Studios For Springfield Public Access Programmers

Public access television—famously skewered on Saturday Night Live and elsewhere—is no joke in one western Massachusetts community.

When the newly formed Focus Springfield Community Television officially unveiled a brand new $1 million state-of-the-art programming facility on the ground floor of one of the city’s most historic buildings, dozens of local dignitaries took part in the grand opening.

The region’s Congressman and the city’s mayor helped cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the 7,000- square foot center from which three public access channels originate.

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New England News
1:08 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Should Boston Host The 2024 Olympics?

Boston considering hosting 2024 Olympics
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WAMC's Brian Shields talks with Boston Globe political reporter David Scharfenberg on a new poll to gauge public support for the 2024 Olympics to come to Boston.

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New England News
12:10 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Fierce Campaign Expected On Massachusetts Casino Referendum

Nathan Bech, who organized a campaign to defeat a proposed casino in West Springfield, will be one of several grassroots activists campaigning to repeal the state's casino law in November.
Credit WAMC

When the Massachusetts legislature voted three years ago to legalize casino gambling after decades of debate, it appeared the only fights left would be over where the casinos would be built. But now both sides on the charged issue are gearing up to win the hearts and minds of the state’s voters, who will decide in November if Las Vegas-style gambling will in fact have a home in Massachusetts.

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New England News
10:38 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Heavy Rain Damages Edith Wharton's Estate In Lenox

The Mount's French flower garden after the heavy rain
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Heavy rain Wednesday night and into Thursday damaged roads throughout the Capital Region and western Massachusetts. The downpours also wreaked havoc on historic gardens in Lenox.

Workers at The Mount, the 50-acre estate of the late author and humanitarian Edith Wharton, found what they call heartbreak Thursday morning. Five inches of rain washed away nearly two feet of walkway limestone, revealing quarry rubble laid by the Whartons more than a century ago.

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New England News
9:45 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Advocates Fear New Rules Could Hamper Medicaid

Some Vermont legal advocates say they are worried that new health care rules will make some people ineligible for long-term care under Medicaid.

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New England News
7:30 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Vermont Ranks 5th In Medicaid Homecare Spending

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The state of Vermont ranks fifth in the nation in the percentage of Medicaid long-term care spending that allows the disabled to live in their homes and communities.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

New Hampshire Governor Leads Trade Trip To Turkey

Governor Maggie Hassan
Credit New Hampshire Governor's office

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan is leading a trade mission to Turkey in hopes of spurring trade with the Granite State. She discussed the trip on a conference call this week.

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