New England News

Burlington School District

Teachers and staff members with the Burlington School district are poised for a third consecutive year of staff cuts.


It has been nearly five years since a powerful tornado tore through western Massachusetts and the city of Springfield is still settling up financially with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The city announced a $13.8 million grant from FEMA Monday as compensation for the destruction of a neighborhood community center during the tornado on June 1, 2011.  The federal agency had initially rejected the city’s $18 million damage claim, but after several appeals – and nudges from Congressman Richard Neal – a settlement was reached.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signs the solar legislation into law.
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Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation today ending a year-long standstill of solar projects in Massachusetts. But, the issue could be popping up soon again. 

The Massachusetts legislature has funded a program to provide jobs this summer for hundreds of young people in western Massachusetts. A campaign has been launched to encourage teenagers to take advantage of the opportunity and to call on employers to participate in the program.

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An Associated Press analysis of federal lead sampling data shows dozens of water systems in Connecticut have exceeded federal lead levels at least once since January 2013.

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In a typical year, the selection of delegates to the Republican National Convention is of little interest outside the party faithful. But, this year has been far from typical.

A state-funded program is underway to put hundreds of young people in western Massachusetts to work this summer.

There is funding available to put 900 youths from the cities of Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, and Westfield to work this summer. 

Dave Cruise, president of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County said the demand for summer jobs always exceeds the supply.

University of Vermont Health Network

Vermont regulators have voted to allow two hospitals within the University of Vermont Heath Network to use excess revenue to support community programs.

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The Vermont House Judiciary Committee has voted 6 to 5 to gut Senate legislation that would legalize marijuana and instead presented a new bill for consideration.

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A bill designed to continue encouraging homeowners, municipalities and others to increase the use of solar power in Massachusetts is awaiting Republican Governor Charlie Baker's signature. The state legislature gave final approval to the compromise bill Thursday.