New England News

BOSTON, MA – National Grid, the British power distributor that serves much of upstate New York and western New England, continued its rapid expansion in the U.S. yesterday by agreeing to acquire Keyspan Energy, a major natural gas and power supplier in the northeast. The deal, if approved, will create the country's third largest power company, serving 8 million customers.

As WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports, the deal is getting a generally positive reaction.

Burlington, VT – A group opposed to fluoride in public drinking water is asking a court to change the wording of a question on the Town Meeting Day ballot in Burlington. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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