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    1. Westfield State, UMass-Amherst, Amherst and Williams rank as top cost-effective colleges | Massachusetts Local News - MassLive.com

      Westfield State, UMass-Amherst, Amherst and Williams rank as top cost-effective colleges | Massachusetts Local News - MassLive.com
      When it comes to graduating students in four years economically, Harvard University may have to start billing itself the Westfield State College of the east. Westfield State bested 23 other Massachusetts public and private institutions in a recent MassInc. study that – among other measures of college cost-effectiveness – ranked colleges by graduation rate per what an average student pays for tuition, costs, room, board, books and supplies.
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    2. UMass will be part of expanded Tip-Off Classic men's basketball tournament in fall 2010 | Sports - MassLive.com

      UMass will be part of expanded Tip-Off Classic men's basketball tournament in fall 2010 | Sports - MassLive.com
      The Tip-Off Classic is back, in a new and expanded format. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame president John L. Doleva said Friday an eight-team Division I tournament will be headquartered in Springfield in the fall of 2010, giving teams four games each and including the University of Massachusetts.
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    3. Mass. health insurers say government efforts to limit increases in premiums won't address cost of care | Massachusetts Local News - MassLive.com

      Mass. health insurers say government efforts to limit increases in premiums won't address cost of care | Massachusetts Local News - MassLive.com
      Peter F. Straley, president and chief executive officer for Springfield-based Health New England, said the only solution is to reform health-insurance markets and reform the way health care is provided by hospitals and physicians. “Then people need to reform their own behaviors about their health,” Straley said. “If you just pick one of those things, it’s not going to work.”
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    4. Uniroyal work moving ahead - MassLive.com

      The city has received a $100,000 grant for the next phase of demolition at the former Uniroyal/Facemate property. The grant, from the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, Brownfield Redevelopment Fund, will be used "for a technical analysis concerning the stability of the buildings" not included in the current demolition, said Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette.
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    5. Emerging technologies like Qteros, Scuderi and FloDesign offer hope for future | Business - MassLive.com - - MassLive.com

      Emerging technologies like Qteros, Scuderi and FloDesign offer hope for future | Business - MassLive.com - - MassLive.com
      But what of Qteros, the Scuderi Group and FloDesign Wind Turbine? All are young Pioneer Valley companies with intentions to do innovative things in their industries – namely ethanol production, internal combustion engines and wind turbines.
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    6. Western Mass banks stress local, hope economy improves | - MassLive.com

      Western Mass banks stress local, hope economy improves | - MassLive.com
      Besides problem loans, local bankers are also dealing with low interest rates, the increasing cost of insuring deposits with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (the FDIC) and the expected impact of more stringent, and some fear one-size-fits-all, regulations for the financial industry that may come this year as a response to the 2008 financial meltdown.
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    7. Greenfield development projects good news for Franklin County | Business - MassLive.com - - MassLive.com

      Greenfield development projects good news for Franklin County | Business - MassLive.com - - MassLive.com
      Greenfield is on the move! More than $100 million worth of projects and renovation is under way or will be in the coming year. This includes restoration of eight downtown buildings into commercial and residential spaces, a large addition to Greenfield Community College, a multimodal transportation center, courthouse expansion and a performing arts center.
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