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    1. Springfield Technical Community College wins grant to boost performance of Latino students; colleges in Holyoke, Greenfield and Pittsfield receive funds also

      Springfield Technical Community College wins grant to boost performance of Latino students; colleges in Holyoke, Greenfield and Pittsfield receive funds also

      Springfield Technical Community College has received $122,099 state grant to develop strategies for improving the academic performance of Hispanic students, while community colleges in Greenfield, Holyoke and Pittsfield will share in $239,334 grant to improve learning in science, technology and math. The money for the two-year Springfield college was among $7.5 million in competitive grants awarded by the state Department of Higher Education on Monday to encourage innovation and improve graduation rates and other aspects of student performance at the state's 29 community college, state university and University of Massachusetts campuses.

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    2. Gov. Deval Patrick hails job growth in clean energy industry in Western Massachusetts

      Gov. Deval Patrick hails job growth in clean energy industry in Western Massachusetts

      In Western Massachusetts, Patrick recognized the Scibelli Enterprise Center in the Springfield Technical Community College's Technology Park, which has three clean energy startups, employing six workers. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, created in a 2008 law signed by Patrick, issued an annual report that said small, independent contractors were a major driver of growth in central and Western Massachusetts. Electrical, plumbing and heating and ventilation contractors, for example, are important in the industry, the report said. Patrick also referred to Sandri of Greenfield, which started partly as a fuel oil business and has expanded into clean technologies such as ...

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    3. Statehouse compromise would restore tolls on western portion of Massachusetts Turnpike, raise gas and cigarette taxes

      Statehouse compromise would restore tolls on western portion of Massachusetts Turnpike, raise gas and cigarette taxes

      State legislative leaders Tuesday night released a compromise bill to raise $500 million in taxes and other new revenues for transportation improvements including raising the gas and cigarette taxes and restoring tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike for passenger vehicles between Exits 1 and 6.

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    4. Massachusetts labor secretary urges lawmakers to approve $10 million for summer jobs for youths

      Massachusetts labor secretary urges lawmakers to approve $10 million for summer jobs for youths

      Joanne F. Goldstein, secretary of the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, said the money is needed for YouthWorks, a state-funded youth employment program for teens and young adults aged 14 to 21 from certain targeted cities across the state including Chicopee, Holyoke, Northampton, Pittsfield, Springfield and Westfield.

       

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    5. Massachusetts highway administrator boosts 1-91 overhaul in Springfield, possible restoration of turnpike tolls

      Massachusetts highway administrator boosts 1-91 overhaul in Springfield, possible restoration of turnpike tolls

      DePaola, an engineer who was appointed to his position in 2011, was among top leaders in state government who spoke in front of business officials during this year's "Beacon Hill Summit" at the Statehouse by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce.

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    6. Baystate Medical Center in Springfield teams up with entrepreneurs to improve medical devices

      Baystate Medical Center in Springfield teams up with entrepreneurs to improve medical devices

      DeBusk, a trauma surgeon at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, is participating in a new program that will allow certain entrepreneurs to "shadow" physicians as they work in a hospital. The entrepreneurs will be seeking to develop new or improved medical devices or possibly startup companies in the field.

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    7. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick files $19 billion transportation bond bill

      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick files $19 billion transportation bond bill

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick Wednesday submitted a $19 billion transportation bond bill to authorize and fund road, bridge and rail projects over the next 10 years including money for overhauling the elevated section of Interstate 91 in downtown Springfield. The bill also includes $300 million in so-called Chapter 90 grants for cities and towns to pave and repair roads, up from the current $200 million.

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    8. Massachusetts utility regulators: National Grid and Western Massachusetts Electric Company face multimillion dollar fines for Irene, October snowstorm responses

      Massachusetts utility regulators: National Grid and Western Massachusetts Electric Company face multimillion dollar fines for Irene, October snowstorm responses

      Ann Berwick, chair of the Public Utilities Department, said the companies will apply the fines as a credit to customers. The companies will need to file papers with the state saying how the fines will be used to reimburse customers.

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    9. Higher education graduation rates in Massachusetts exceed national average, but many students unprepared, report shows

      Higher education graduation rates in Massachusetts exceed national average, but many students unprepared, report shows

      A third of the students who enroll in the state's public colleges and universities are not prepared for college-level work, and many students fail to graduate, according a new report by the state Board of Higher Education.

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    10. Boston to Washington rail corridor -- including Springfield area -- focus of federal review

      Boston to Washington rail corridor -- including Springfield area -- focus of federal review

      The high-speed rail project calls for up to 25 daily round-trip trains, or up to 50 one-way trips per day, by 2030. Officials are planning work that seeks to increase the capacity of the line to accommodate additional trains, including a hike from a maximum of 80 miles per hour train speed to 110 miles per hour, service to new regional train stations, and reduced scheduled travel times, the report said.

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    11. Top Massachusetts legislator criticizes gaming official for saying state might not license 3 casinos

      Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, a Chicopee Democrat and co-author of the state's expanded gaming law, said companies are planning casino resorts in different regions of the state, showing they believe the market in Massachusetts can support three resorts. In a press release, Wagner said the private sector will determine the market for casinos in Massachusetts, not the gaming commission. The commission's job is to secure the best agreements with casinos to benefit taxpayers and citizens, Wagner said.

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    12. Massachusetts Gaming Commission may not approve 3 casinos for state

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission may not approve 3 casinos for state

      Stephen P. Crosby, chairman of the commission, said the state's gaming law gives the commission the authority to determine how many casinos the state could support. The law authorizes the commission to approve "up to" three casino resorts, including one for Western Massachusetts, and "up to" one slots parlor, Crosby said. The law, signed in November by Gov. Deval Patrick, gives the commission the flexibility to not necessarily license all four of those facilities, Crosby said.

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    13. Massachusetts Gaming Commission advances plan to reduce timetable for casinos

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission advances plan to reduce timetable for casinos

      Stephen P. Crosby, chairman of the commission, said the proposal could cut between two and six months from the commission's estimate that it will be three to five years before a casino resort is up and running following a lengthy bidding and licensing effort. Crosby said the proposal could also save time and money for communities where casinos might locate.

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    14. Massachusetts Gaming Commission learns some lessons from other states with casinos

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission learns some lessons from other states with casinos

      During the day-long event in Boston, Frank J. Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association in Washington, welcomed Massachusetts as the 40th state to legalize casinos and then panelists of mostly former or current casino regulators fielded questions and provided advice on industry practices.

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    15. Community health centers in Holyoke and Springfield win federal grants to expand dental services

      Two community health centers in Western Massachusetts on Tuesday won federal grants that will help them improve dental services. The Holyoke Health Center received two grants, one for $2.8 million and another for $414,000. The Caring Health Center in Springfield received $310,000. The money for the grants was included in the 2010 federal health care law.


       

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    16. Boston conference promotes potential of new computing center, high-speed Internet in Western Massachusetts

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, a Springfield Democrat, said the point of the conference was to sell Western Massachusetts, which has lower costs, including labor, housing and office rental, than the eastern part of the state.

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    17. Massachusetts Gaming Commission launches plan to establish casinos

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission launches plan to establish casinos

      The five-member, independent commission, which will license and regulate casinos, convened for the first time in a ballroom at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and met for almost four hours. In addition to selecting a law firm and consultants, the commission also named a chief of staff, approved a lease for office space in downtown Boston, adopted a mission statement and set rules for procuring its own goods and services.

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    18. Four finalists are selected in search for new chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst

      The finalists are Sona Andrews, vice chancellor of the Oregon University System; Susan Phillips, a vice president at the University of Albany of the state of New York system; Carlos E. Santiago, chief executive of the Hispanic College Fund and Kumble R. Subbaswamy, provost at the University of Kentucky. The search committee forwarded the four candidates to Robert L. Caret, president of the University of Massachusetts system, who will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The trustees will vote on Caret's recommendation for the next chancellor of the flagship campus.

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    19. Cape Wind power purchase, WMECO rate freeze seal deal for Massachusetts OK of NStar-Northeast Utilities merger

      Cape Wind power purchase, WMECO rate freeze seal deal for Massachusetts OK of NStar-Northeast Utilities merger

      State leaders on Wednesday unveiled a landmark agreement with NStar and Northeast Utilities that would permit the two electric utilities to merge in return for purchasing a certain amount of power from the Cape Wind project and for freezing rates for four years including for 200,000 customers in Western Massachusetts.

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