New England News

Southampton, ma – A special elementary school program designed to attract girls to math and science has suffered a major setback in western Massachusetts. Some parents thought having an all-girls educational program receive school funds amounted to discrimination.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has our report.

Vernon, VT – The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant has begun the process of increasing its power output by twenty percent. It reached 105 percent and stopped on Sunday. Nuclear opponents say an evaluation indicating vibrations forced the hold, but plant officials say it's part of the plan to gradually increase power, and what's being evaluated are acoustic frequencies in the steam lines. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

SPRINGFIELD, ma – Springfield, MA is losing teachers to retirement faster than they can replace them. And, that's not what that financially troubled city needs.

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

BOSTON, mA – Students have been getting out of school in the early afternoon since the days when most of them had to go help with the farm after classes. But is the current school schedule obsolete? Lawmakers in Boston are getting closer to passing legislation that will make it easier for school districts to expand the school day and the school year.

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

Pittsfield, MA – Massachusetts is home to the second largest number of biotechnology firms in the nation. And according to the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, biotech could directly and indirectly create nearly 100,000 new in-state jobs and raise more than $1 billion in income tax revenues by 2010.
And as our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports, with a Pittsfield, Massachusetts native opting to re-locate his biotechnology business, the city is getting in on that action;

SOUTH HADLEY, MA – Amherst College and Mount Holyoke are among eight colleges making a big investment in attracting and assisting low-income transfer students from community colleges.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

Burlington, VT – The University of Vermont has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health that will fund a state-wide biomedical research network. The sixteen-and-a-half million dollar grant is the largest in the university's history. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Burlington, VT – For the first time in a mayoral election in the United States, voters in Burlington, Vermont will use what's called instant runoff voting when they go to the polls Tuesday. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

AMHERST, ma – Many communities in the Northeast region have been coping with budget red ink. Usually it's up to town officials to come up with solutions. But one college town in Massachusetts wants residents to figure out how to solve its current budget woes.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff explains.

Vernon, VT – After two years of review, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant's request to increase its power output by 20 percent. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.............

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