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Massachusetts has awarded the first grant from a new state program to put more hybrid or electric vehicles on the state’s roads.  A Springfield-based child care agency is leading the way, converting its fleet of vans to hybrid technology.

Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Maeve Vallely Bartlett announced that a fleet of vans owned by Square One will be retrofitted to run on  hybrid gasoline-electric technology with the help of a $50,000 grant from the state.

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Money seized from drug dealers in western Massachusetts is being used to do good things. The funds are helping keep at-risk youths off the streets and reuniting families torn apart by drug abuse.

   Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni has awarded $30,000 to two Springfield-based nonprofit agencies from the Drug Forfeiture Grant Program.  The fund consists of money and property forfeited by court order following a criminal conviction for a drug dealing offense.

   Mastroianni has given out $100,000 since starting the program two years ago.

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For the second time in 18 months the city of Springfield Massachusetts was hit by a major disaster in 2012.  A natural gas explosion rocked downtown on the Friday after Thanksgiving. As with the June 2011 tornado, the city went through a recovery period and is now looking to rebuild.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.