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6:11 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Massachusetts Doctor Who Survived Ebola Returning To Africa

Dr. Rick Sacra and his wife Debbie discuss his plans to return to Liberia where he was infected with Ebola last August. Sacra was cured and is now immune to the disease

The Massachusetts doctor who was cured of the deadly Ebola virus is going to return later this week to West Africa to work in the missionary hospital where he was infected.             

 Four months after he was declared Ebola-free, and with his strength and stamina now back, Dr. Rick Sacra will leave Thursday for Liberia, where he had spent much of the last two decades working for a missionary organization.

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New England News
4:40 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Williamstown Man Arraigned On Firearm Charges

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The Williamstown man accused of carrying a loaded handgun while intoxicated on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus has been arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court.

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New England News
12:32 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Smith College Economist Says Hosting Olympics Is Economic Gamble

The U.S. Olympic Committee last week picked Boston to make the American bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.  Backers say the games will enhance Boston’s image as a world-class city. Opponents fear a costly boondoggle.  Smith College economics professor Andrew Zimbalist has researched the costs in his new book “Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup.”  He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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New England News
12:10 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Gov. Baker Focuses On Business And Energy Costs During Berkshire Visit

Gov. Charlie Baker speaking at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

After his swearing-in last week, Governor Charlie Baker and members of his administration launched a statewide “Spotlight on Excellence” tour across Massachusetts. It included stops in the Berkshires.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Malloy Transportation Proposal Follows Years Of Promises

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is not the first governor to call for changes to Connecticut's aging transportation system.

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New England News
7:00 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Gov. Baker Visits Berkshire Veterans And Business Leaders

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker speaking at Soldier On's Pittsfield housing and veterans care facility Saturday.
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Governor Charlie Baker and members of his administration made their first trip to the Berkshires as office holders Saturday.

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New England News
9:33 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Smith College Economist Questions Boston Olympics Cost Estimates

Backers of Boston’s bid to host the Olympics see it as a chance to enhance the city’s image. Critics fear a financial boondoggle.

Smith College economics professor Andrew Zimbalist, who has researched the costs of hosting the Olympics and the World Cup, believes the organizer’s estimates of a $4.5-$5 billion price tag for the Boston Olympics is unrealistic.

" The notion that you can avoid cost overruns is pie in the sky," said Zimbalist.

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New England News
6:00 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Meetings Planned On Pipeline, Compression Station Concerns

Kinder Morgan's route for it's proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline

Two meetings aimed at informing people about a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are scheduled for Saturday.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Protesters Interrupt Proceedings At Vermont Statehouse

Demonstrators at Vermont Statehouse January 8, 2015
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The Vermont Workers Center is coordinating Vermont’s ‘Health Care is A Human Right Campaign’. The group organized a protest at the statehouse in Montpelier Thursday that repeatedly interrupted inaugural ceremonies and speeches.

Single payer advocates first gathered at the entrance to the House chamber, chanting as legislators gathered for a joint session to hear Governor Peter Shumlin’s inaugural address.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Small Town Remains Divided By Loyalties

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For much of 2013 and 2014 the small Berkshire County town of Hinsdale was embroiled in a struggle over its police chief, an issue that splintered the town. And there may be a new chief, but the divide remains.

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