Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 4:03 pm
Americans alone, on average, throw out about 20 pounds of food a month, most of it hauled away with the trash.
In October, Massachusetts began telling any institution — like businesses, colleges and hospitals — that produces large amounts of food waste: Not in our landfill. Massachusetts law now says that if you throw out more than a ton of food waste a month, it can't go to a landfill.
Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 10:10 pm
A poll released Friday by Western New England University shows strong voter support for keeping the Massachusetts casino law.
The survey found 59 percent of likely voters plan to vote against repeal of the law that legalized Las Vegas-style gambling and authorized the licensing of casinos in Massachusetts. Just 35 percent say they’ll vote yes on Question 3 on Tuesday’s election ballot. Polling institute director Tim Vercellotti said the gap has grown since September, when a casino industry backed campaign launched a blitz of TV ads.
Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 12:59 pm
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick highlighted his administration’s success over the last eight years in job growth and economic development during an address to a business group in Springfield today. The speech at a breakfast sponsored by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield comes as voters are less than a week away from picking his successor.
Massachusetts voters will get to decide a question on the ballot next week that’s of great interest to Connecticut. Opponents of the state’s law allowing casino gambling have placed a question that asks voters if they want to repeal the measure.
Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:08 am
It’s nearly half the state budget, almost 20 percent of the state’s economy and a perennial top concern for voters. The issue is health care, and so far, neither Democrat Martha Coakley nor Republican Charlie Baker has taken the lead on this topic with voters in the gubernatorial race.
Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 6:11 pm
The administration of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is recommending a Chinese company be awarded a contract to build new subway cars for the MBTA. The railcars will be assembled at a new factory that is to be built in Springfield.
Gov. Patrick made the announcement Tuesday standing in front of an empty 40- acre lot on Springfield’s east side, where the CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. has said it will build a $50 million factory creating over 250 new construction and manufacturing jobs.
Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 4:28 pm
Election officials in Massachusetts report a surge in new voter registrations ahead of Wednesday’s deadline.
The number of voters registered in the city of Springfield has increased by 15,000 since 2009, according to Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola who credits voter registration drives by various special interest groups. But, she cautions that the increase in the number of registered voters is not necessarily a sign of higher interest in the November election.
It’s hard to imagine what the regional music scene would have been like over the past four decades without the invaluable, energizing force generated by The Iron Horse Music Hall, the small but mighty powerhouse of an entertainment center in Northampton, Massachusetts.
U.S. Sec. of Education Arne Duncan ( in blue shirt) and U.S. Sec. of Labor Thomas Perez participated in a panel discussion about federally funded job training programs developed by Massachusetts community colleges.
Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 3:51 pm
Two top officials with the Obama administration visited western Massachusetts today to see the impact of federal dollars on workforce development.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan were briefed about the job training programs developed by Massachusetts community colleges since the schools were awarded $20 million by the Labor Department in 2011 to forge partnerships with employers.
Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 12:29 pm
A new training facility for firefighters is under construction in western Massachusetts. The new center will bring the resources of the state’s Department of Fire Services to area fire departments that depend on volunteer or on-call firefighters.
The new state - of- the -art center under construction in Springfield will be the western Massachusetts base for all of the resources of the state Department of Fire Services. It includes training, code enforcement, and arson investigations, according to state Fire Marshall Stephen Coan.
Massachusetts voters will see five names on the ballot for governor in November. That includes three independents. For them, it’s been difficult to make a mark on the race. Two of those candidates have spent over a million dollars of their own money.
Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 2:46 pm
The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has voted to pay $1 million to the family of a teenager who died after an encounter with police.
The settlement was negotiated by lawyers for the city and the family of Delano Walker Jr. Last month a federal court jury found a city police officer had violated the civil rights of Walker and awarded his family $1.3 million. The settlement means the city will drop an appeal. City councilor Bud Williams said it is time for healing
A tree damaged during the June 2011 tornado is removed from the yard of a home in Springfield,MA. The city launched a "Right of Entry" program to remove trees from private property after FEMA rejected numerous appeals to pay for it.
Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 6:16 pm
A new poll finds a majority of likely voters in Massachusetts say they’ll vote against repealing the state’s casino gambling law.
The latest survey by the Western New England University Polling Institute found 52 percent of likely voters said they will vote no on Question 3, the casino law repeal initiative on next month’s Massachusetts election ballot.
Polling institute director Tim Vercellotti said the survey of 416 likely voters found 41 percent said they would vote to ban casinos with just 6 percent undecided and 1 percent declining to answer.
Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 8:39 am
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, says newly released recordings of conversations between Federal Reserve officials show that the same kind of cozy relationships that led to the 2008 financial crisis still dominate Wall Street.
In an interview with Morning Edition, Warren says the recordings provide definite proof of that relationship.
Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 10:49 pm
The five candidates for governor of Massachusetts participated in their first broadcast debate Monday night, the only one scheduled in western Massachusetts.
Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley differed on energy policy, the need for universal pre-school, and indexing the gasoline tax to inflation. Baker said rather than raise the gas tax the state should rein in transportation costs.
"We've got to figure out how to do this stuff better and cheaper and in some cases faster."
Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 6:16 pm
University of Massachusetts officials say they are pleased with the initial enrollment at the system’s first satellite campus. They say it bodes well for the future of the new UMass Center at Springfield. Governor Deval Patrick led officials today at a grand opening ceremony.
Governor Patrick, who was a key supporter of establishing the first UMass satellite campus in downtown Springfield, described it as a sign of hope at a time when the gap between rich and poor in Massachusetts is widening.
Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 6:16 pm
A statewide campaign to fight repeal of the Massachusetts casino law had a formal kickoff in Springfield today.
The casino industry-funded Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs held its first official campaign event Tuesday in the downtown offices of MGM Springfield. About 100 local community leaders, business owners, and labor representatives gathered to hear brief speeches and see the first television ad of the campaign, which stars the city of Springfield.
Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 6:16 pm
Activists who have been working for months on a climate change plan for Springfield, Massachusetts say they must factor in an unwanted development — the possible construction of a wood-burning power plant in the city.
Neighborhood representatives, community organizers, and people from health-focused organizations have been brainstorming ways to improve the environment and reduce greenhouse gases with a goal to present a plan to the Springfield City Council by the end of the year.