Massachusetts is going to have a so-called “ three strikes” crime law. Governor Deval Patrick says he will sign a controversial crime bill aimed at keeping repeat violent criminals off the streets. People working to prevent violence in one western Massachusetts city say the real solution to improved public safety is community partnerships. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The city council in Springfield Massachusetts has taken steps that will lead to the reopening of three branch libraries that closed because of budget cuts. But it is a stopgap measure that has library supporters looking for long term funding solutions. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
A Nevada based gaming company says it is ready to build a casino on a former industrial site in Springfield Massachusetts. The company says it has come up with a plan to address traffic concerns about the project, but it faces competition for a casino license. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The Obama administration Monday announced more than $700 million for transportation projects across the country. The administration’s transportation secretary visited Springfield Massachusetts to highlight one of the projects. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Tina D’Agostino was named this week as the new president of the Springfield Performing Arts Development Corporation. It is a non-profit that manages two live entertainment venues in Springfield Massachusetts; Symphony Hall and City Stage. D’Agostino was the organization’s marketing director for the last ten years. She spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill
Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have signaled they are ready to get serious with potential casino developers. The city has hired a Chicago based law firm to serve as its gaming consultant. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
To combat crime a number of police departments across the county are using a counterinsurgency strategy similar to what US troops used in Iraq. The tactics are different, but the idea is to build community support and trust and take away the safe havens for the gangs and drug dealers. Springfield Massachusetts is one city that has seen success with the strategy. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The city of Springfield Massachusetts began using new technology today in a bid to collect more than $11 million owed it by scofflaws. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Devices mounted on traffic enforcement vehicles scan license plates on cars and trucks parked on Springfield streets and instantly alert the enforcement officials if there are outstanding parking tickets or unpaid excise tax bills. Springfield City Treasurer-Collector Stephen Lonergan says the vehicle will be booted or towed and impounded until the owner pays up.
Information about how taxpayer’s money is being spent can be just a few mouse clicks away. There’s a growing government transparency movement that Massachusetts appears to be in front of to give the public a clearer look at how their money is spent. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Another public works project is planned in an historic part of downtown Springfield. It is an area of the city that has already seen close to $200 million in government investment over the last decade. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The historic Armory-Quadrangle neighborhood will undergo aesthetic improvements beginning next fall with a project to repave streets, replace sidewalks, put in new street lights and green spaces. It is to be paid for with $1.6 million in federal money obtained as earmarks by Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal