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10:10 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Democratic Candidate For Mass. Lt. Gov. Mike Lake Visits Pittsfield

Mike Lake, a Democratic candidate for Massachusetts lieutenant governor
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Mike Lake, one of three Democratic candidates running for Massachusetts lieutenant governor, was in Pittsfield Tuesday. The seat has been vacant since May 2013 when Democrat Tim Murray left to head the Worcester Chamber of Commerce.

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9:45 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

FairPoint Workers To Take Strike Vote

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Unions representing nearly 2,000 employees of telecommunications firm FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are scheduling a strike authorization vote from July 11 to 13.

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New England News
8:30 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

US EPA Uses Vermont Flood Planning To Help Others

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a checklist to help communities prepare for floods based on the experiences of communities in Vermont's Mad River Valley.

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New England News
7:45 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Shumlin Celebrates Veterans Laws

Credit White River Junction VA Medical Center

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he's proud of the state's support of veterans and families, including health care at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

City Residents Urged To Be More Careful About Recycling

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The  city of Springfield, which pioneered single-stream recycling in Massachusetts, has launched an education and enforcement campaign in an effort to keep recycling rates up and trash disposal costs down.

The Springfield Department of Public Works said an unacceptable amount of trash and other prohibited items have been turning up lately in the recycling containers people put out for curbside pick-up. Some contamination of the recyclables is allowed, but if it exceeds ten percent the city faces fines, according to Springfield’s recycling coordinator Greg Superneau.

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New England News
4:33 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Suit Alleges Wrongful Imprisonment, Seeks $500,000

Charles Wilhite alleges in separate state and federal lawsuits he was wrongly convicted of murder and imprisoned.
Credit WAMC

A Springfield man who spent three years in prison for murder before he was acquitted in a second trial has filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

   In the complaint filed in state court Tuesday Charles Wilhite is seeking $500,000 for the damages caused by his wrongful conviction and lost liberty.  Last January, Wilhite filed a federal civil rights complaint against two Springfield police detectives alleging they fabricated evidence and intimidated witnesses, according to Wilhite’s attorney Howard Friedman.

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New England News
3:58 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Thousands Expected For Women's Equality Rally In Boston

A painted line denotes the 35-foot buffer zone around the entrance to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston, MA
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Thousands are expected at a rally today in Boston co-hosted by more than 20 groups protesting the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on Massachusetts buffer zone law and the Hobby Lobby contraceptive debate. The so-called Supreme Rally for Women’s Equality starts at 5 o’clock at Boston’s City Hall Plaza.

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New England News
2:25 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Power Restored For Nearly 19,000 In Northern Berkshire

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National Grid says it has restored power to nearly 19,000 customers in Northern Berkshire County after a circuit breaker failed at a substation in Adams. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis reports.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Funding Announced For Affordable Housing Projects In Massachusetts

Newly renovated apartment buildings in Springfield, MA that are part of a $75 five-year project involving 23 buildings with more than 300 apartments. The project is in the Outing Park Historic District
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has announced nearly $84 million in funding for 24 affordable housing projects across the state. New housing in western Massachusetts includes projects in Springfield, Northampton, Greenfield, Williamstown, and Pittsfield.

Governor Patrick said the newly funded projects will create more than 1,300 apartments and over 2,000 construction jobs.  It is part of an economic development strategy that has seen his administration commit more than $1 billion to the creation of affordable housing in the last seven-and-a-half years.

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New England News
12:22 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Pipeline Project Raises Questions As Group Marches Across Mass.

Roughly 30 people gathered in Park Square in Pittsfield Monday to protest the proposed pipeline.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Protestors are continuing a march across Massachusetts following the route of a proposed multi-state natural gas pipeline. About 100 people started the march Sunday in Richmond.

Roughly 30 people gathered in downtown Pittsfield Monday morning to send off about a dozen biking 20 miles round trip to Windsor carrying a ceremonial baton designed to look like a piece of pipeline. Cheryl Rose organized this leg of the bike trip.

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