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4:19 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

MA Utilities Appeal Millions In Fines For 2011 Storms

Hurricane Irene in 2011
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Massachusetts’ highest court has heard arguments from three major utilities seeking to overturn record penalties stemming from their response to two major storms in 2011.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Williamstown Considering Joint Fire And Police Station

Firetrucks inside the Williamstown Fire Department building built in 1950.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Williamstown, Massachusetts is looking at ways it can update its aging police and fire stations.

In the fall, the town formed a public safety building study committee to determine the best options for new facilities or one joint fire-police station. Selectwoman Jane Patton chairs the committee.

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New England News
8:59 am
Mon April 7, 2014

VT Public Schools See Multiple Budget Proposals Struck Down

Prospects appear to be dimming for big changes in how Vermont governs and pays for its public schools this year.

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New England News
8:53 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Metro-North Railroad In Connecticut Found With Multitudes Of Defects

A newspaper reports that federal inspectors found more than 7,100 defects and deficiencies in the Metro-North Railroad over the last decade, but records show regulators launched an investigation only after two high-profile accidents last year.

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New England News
8:48 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Mohegan Sun Sees Profit Decline But Doesn't Feel "The Pinch"

A gambling slump is eating into the profits of Mohegan Sun, but the 2,000 tribal members who draw benefits from the massive casino aren't feeling the pinch.

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New England News
8:42 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Connecticut Democrats Hope To Curb E-Cigarette Use In Youths

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will host a discussion in Hartford about their efforts to curb the use of electronic cigarettes by children and adolescents.

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New England News
8:37 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Licensing Delay For Sole Eastern Massachusetts Casino

A delay in licensing the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino could have at least a short-term impact on state finances.

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New England News
12:59 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Nonprofit Organization Sets 10-year Plan To Revitalize Neighborhood

Members of the staff and board of Rebuilding Together Springfield
Credit Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit that works to preserve affordable housing, has announced a multi-year effort in Springfield, Massachusetts to repair hundreds of homes in one of the poorest neighborhoods in America.   The work in the Old Hill Neighborhood started with the successful rehab of 25 homes on a single day last year.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rebuilding Together Springfield Executive Director Colleen Loveless.

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New England News
10:32 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Crime-fighting Plan To Be Presented At Public Meeting

The incoming police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts is going to unveil a crime-fighting plan.

   Incoming Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri says he has a five point strategic plan, that he will detail at a public forum Monday evening at the Van Sickle Middle School.  Barbieri says it includes more pro-active police patrols and a real time response to crime trends

   "If my vision is successful it will involve mutual collaboration to improve the conditions in this city to affect fear of crime, crime and the conditions that foster crime."

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New England News
5:28 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Budget Season Begins For Massachusetts Municipalities

Credit WAMC

Municipal officials in Massachusetts are beginning to put together budgets with one annual uncertainty—how much state aid to expect.

Governor Deval Patrick has proposed to level fund un-restricted local aid to the state’s cities and towns. House Speaker Robert Deleo said his chamber’s version of the next state budget will contain an increase in state aid.   Patrick points out he has proposed record levels of spending on local schools and increased state funding for municipal streets and sidewalk work.

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