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    1. Health New England's $2.6 million risk adjustment fee less than expected | masslive.com

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      Health New England's $2.6 million risk adjustment fee less than expected | masslive.com

      Health New England has been assessed a payment of $2.6 million as its risk adjustment cost for selling individual and small group coverage on the state health exchange. It is one of the lower assessments for payment among carriers in the exchange, and considerably less than anticipated.  What affect such fees will have for consumers remains to be seen, as the risk assessment program launches for the first time under the Affordable Care Act, but its enactment is part of the act's mandate to extend universal coverage through exchange insurers like HNE

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    2. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, 3 members of governor's cabinet, hear of manufacturing industry's need for skilled workers in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

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      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, 3 members of governor's cabinet, hear of manufacturing industry's need for skilled workers in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

      Hampden County is home to 608 manufacturing facilities employing a total of 20,243 workers with a total payroll of more than $1 billion.  Many of those employers -- small precision machine shops working in the aerospace and medical device industries -- would like to hire even more people and increase that payroll, according to Springfield Technical Community College. But they cannot do so because there is a lack of prospective workers with the right training for a high-tech manufacturing environment where computers control the machines and tolerances are measured tighter than the naked eye can see.

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    3. CityBlock gets underway with Jane Monheit on Thursday in downtown's Stearns Square | masslive.com

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      CityBlock gets underway with Jane Monheit on Thursday in downtown's Stearns Square | masslive.com

      The 2015 CityBlock Summer Concert Series presented by MassMutual gets underway on Thursday night with modern jazz star Jane Monheit headlining the outdoor stage in downtown's Stearns Square.  Monheit brings a formidable jazz pedigree to the series.  She has been in demand since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute's 1998 vocal competition. In addition to her own recordings, she has worked alongside the likes of Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, and Ivan Lins.

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    4. New England Public Radio foundation buys WNNZ tower site in Westfield | masslive.com

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      New England Public Radio foundation buys WNNZ tower site in Westfield | masslive.com

      New England Public Radio Foundation purchased the WNNZ tower site and equipment building on Root Road in Westfield from Iheart Media + Entertainment Inc. on June 12 for $167,809.  The property totals 19.6 acres, according to the Westfield Assessors office.  Iheart Media + Entertainment Inc, was once known as Clear Channel.  New England Public Radio, which operates WFCR (88.5 FM) and WNNZ (640 AM) with simulcast on frequencies throughout Western Massachusetts, purchased the frequency and broadcasting equipment in 2010 for $600,000, which included a loan and legal fees associated with the purchase.

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    5. US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Richard Neal tour FloDesign Sonics in Wilbraham, learn about filterless purification | masslive.com

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      US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Richard Neal tour FloDesign Sonics in Wilbraham, learn about filterless purification | masslive.com

      Warren, D-Massachusetts, toured the labs with U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield. It was the second science-related tour of the day for Warren who had been to robotics technology incubator Technocopia and co-working space Running Start, earlier in the day, in Worcester.  At FloDesign, Neal said, the tour highlights the role of government-funded research.  Kowalski said FloDesign has just more than $1 million in federal funding from the National Science Foundation, and about $150,000 from the National Institutes of Health. The money, contained in multiple grants, is helping FloDesign and its local investors commercialize the technology.

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    6. Open-air market on ground floor, lofts upstairs planned for Holyoke's The Cubit | masslive.com

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      Open-air market on ground floor, lofts upstairs planned for Holyoke's The Cubit | masslive.com

      Two brothers have paid $325,000 for the former Cubit Wire & Cable Co. Inc. building at 181 Appleton St. and plan to spend millions more turning it into a destination spot.  'The idea is we want to attract people here. A lot is already going on with events by our neighbors. We want to contribute to that,' Marco L. Luzuriaga said in a tour of the site June 18 with brother Denis A. Luzuriaga.  The plan is for an open-air market to operate on the first floor -- the Canal Market -- featuring fresh, locally provided produce, bread and other goods. The ...

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    7. MassDOT: I-91 project should not delay MGM Springfield casino opening

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      MassDOT: I-91 project should not delay MGM Springfield casino opening

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has stated that it does not believe its Interstate 91 viaduct construction project in downtown Springfield should create any need for a proposed delayed opening of the MGM Springfield casino project. "MassDOT does not believe that the schedule for the (I-91) viaduct project need result in a delay in the construction of a casino in Springfield," MassDOT spokesman Michael Verseckes said in a prepared release. "In short, to speculate that completion of either project will be delayed when both projects are just getting under way is premature."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation   MGM

    8. I-91 reconstruction will add up to 15 minutes to travel time, state says; crowd at Springfield hearing has its doubts

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      I-91 reconstruction will add up to 15 minutes to travel time, state says; crowd at Springfield hearing has its doubts

      A guffaw of disbelief went up Thursday night as Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials experts explained that the planned reconstruction of the Interstate 91 deck through downtown Springfield will add just 10 minutes to 15 minutes to the average trip along the 2.5-mile viaduct during the construction. Don Cooke, managing director at Vanesse Hansen Brustlin and a traffic consultant on the project admitted that traffic will be volatile once construction begins. Motorists, he said, will scurry around looking for alternate routes.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame   Eastern States Exposition

    9. Do-si-do your partner and welcome to Springfield, National Square Dance Convention: Letter to the editor

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      Do-si-do your partner and welcome to Springfield, National Square Dance Convention: Letter to the editor

      You're probably wondering about all the colorful dance outfits and vibrancy in downtown Springfield this weekend. A couple of years ago Mary Kay Wydra, Director of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lenny and Connie Houle and I made a pitch to host the 64th Annual National Square Dance Convention right here in downtown Springfield. In a video tape presentation in Detroit, Michigan my pitch reminisced about being a fourth grader at White Street School.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra

    10. Mason Square early childhood center plan moving ahead in Springfield

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      Mason Square early childhood center plan moving ahead in Springfield

      The Early Childhood Center, which will house up to 14 pre-kindergarten classrooms, is one of five programs in Massachusetts sharing a total of $60 million from the preschool development expansion grant initiated by the Obama administration. In December when the grants were announced, Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick said research clearly shows that "students who are exposed to quality early education, enter kindergarten poised for greater success than those who have not had that opportunity."

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    11. Roundtable discussion at UMass Springfield focuses on housing development, jobs, food access

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      Roundtable discussion at UMass Springfield focuses on housing development, jobs, food access

      Paul McMorrow, Director of Policy and Communications for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, said the objective of the discussions, which were held in six cities across the state, is to take what they learn and use it to shape Gov. Charlie Baker's overall community development plan. The topics discussed included preparing communities for success, fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, sector strategies, competitiveness and regulations, talent retention and workforce development and housing development.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    12. Springfield officials support MGM's request to delay casino project opening to September 2018 | masslive.com

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      Springfield officials support MGM's request to delay casino project opening to September 2018 | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield will ask the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to permit a delay of several months for its $800 million casino project, that includes a negotiated additional payment of $1 million for the city.  The delay was negotiated and supported by top city officials, including Mayor Domenic Sarno. The city has sent a letter of support for the casino project delay to the state Gaming Commission.

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    13. Stop & Shop, Hannaford owners announce merger | masslive.com

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      Stop & Shop, Hannaford owners announce merger | masslive.com

      The $60.6 billion deal would mean that the Stop & Shop chain active in the Pioneer Valley would have the same owner as Hannaford Bros., which is based in Maine. The nearest Hannaford stores to Western Massachusetts are in Athol, Gardner and North Brookfield.  In an announcement, the companies say they will have a combined base of more than 6,500 stores characterized by trusted brands with strong local identities, and a shared focus on customers and communities.

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    14. Grateful Dead 3-D poster made by WMass companies | masslive.com

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      Grateful Dead 3-D poster made by WMass companies | masslive.com

      For local companies Hazen Paper in Holyoke a friend of the Grateful Dead is a customer of theirs.  Hazen and AM Lithography teamed up to create a 3-D poster commemorating the band's 50th anniversary and a series of 'Fare Thee Well' concerts in California and Chicago.  Founded in 1925, Hazen Paper is a paper converter, manufacturing a number of products for the printing and packaging industries. It is most famous for Holo-Lens technology which allows them to produce three-dimensional and truly holographic shapes and complex artistic designs on two-dimensional pieces of paper. Besides the Dead, it has made covers ...

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    15. Classic cars find their way back to Springfield for Cruise Night at Stearns Square | masslive.com

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      Classic cars find their way back to Springfield for Cruise Night at Stearns Square | masslive.com

      'I was thrilled that downtown could play host to Cruise Night,' said Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District. 'With all the history of the automobile in Springfield we thought it only made sense to have a car show. If you love the classic automobiles as much as I do please join us next Monday night. And if you have a classic car of your own ... don't forget to register, too!'  While checking out amazing antique cars, attendees listened to classic music from the '50s and '60s and enjoyed food from two terrific downtown restaurants, Adolfo ...

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    16. Lego switching to sustainable materials, plans new research center in Denmark | masslive.com

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      Lego switching to sustainable materials, plans new research center in Denmark | masslive.com

      Lego, the Danish toymaker with North American headquarters in Enfield, Connecticut, wants to make its bricks and other toys from sustainable materials.  In a news release issued in Denmark, Lego Group said it plans to establish the Lego Sustainable Materials Centre at its world headquarters in Billund, Denmark. Lego said it expects to recruit more than 100 employees and spend 1 billion Danish Krone, or more than $149 million U.S. dollars

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    17. Springfield's White Lion Brewing gets boost from small business loan program created by Jim Koch of Samuel Adams | masslive.com

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      Springfield's White Lion Brewing gets boost from small business loan program created by Jim Koch of Samuel Adams | masslive.com

      White Lion founder Raymond Berry said he was thrilled with the assistance at a time when his fledgling brand, launched in October, is beginning to carve out its identity in the region.  The money will go toward working capital as the company works toward its long-term goal of finding and opening a brewing operation in Springfield, he said.  As important as the capital, Berry said White Lion was also received expertise from Samuel Adams officials about such things as brand management, promotion and distribution.

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    18. National Square Dance Convention kicks off today in Springfield

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      National Square Dance Convention kicks off today in Springfield

      Houle projected the direct economic impact of the convention to be about $5-7 million. "We are excited to finally roll out the red carpet and welcome the National Square Dance Convention to Western Mass. in June after originally bidding for the convention in 2011. All of our area partners from parking facilities to restaurants, hotels to campgrounds, to attractions and beyond are planning to be busy and we all look forward to hosting a great group of convention goers," said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The presence that a group like the NSDC ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Westfield

    19. Mohawk Fine Papers up and running making envelopes in South Hadley | masslive.com

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      Mohawk Fine Papers up and running making envelopes in South Hadley | masslive.com

      New York -based Mohawk Fine Papers already has 20 employees working at its new envelope factory on Gaylord Street in South Hadley with plans to add two more shifts, and another 40 employees by the end of summer, said company CEO Thomas D. O'Connor Jr..  His company got into the envelope business because it was already delivering other types of fine printing and office papers to companies that bought envelopes from competitors.

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    20. Boston 2024: Olympic whitewater canoe/kayak slalom races would be on Deerfield River in Franklin, Berkshire counties | masslive.com

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      Boston 2024: Olympic whitewater canoe/kayak slalom races would be on Deerfield River in Franklin, Berkshire counties | masslive.com

      Improvements required for the races would cost $23 million to $31 million, including legacy improvements that would last after the games. The money would come from the Boston 2024 operating budget, said spokesman David Wedge.  Boston 2024 announced the venue Monday afternoon. Western Massachusetts is also working to host other events, including preliminary basketball, invented in Springfield, and volleyball which was invented in Holyoke.

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    21. Springfield gets final $12 million for Union Station; Neal pushes east-west rail for Boston 2024 bid | masslive.com

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      Springfield gets final $12 million for Union Station; Neal pushes east-west rail for Boston 2024 bid | masslive.com

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal led Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito through the now-empty passenger tunnel at Springfield's Union Station on Monday following a news conference.  'You can imagine what a beehive of activity this once was,' Neal, a longtime advocate for the rehabilitation of the 89-year-old depot, told her. 'This would have been full of people.'

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    22. University of Massachusetts Medical School to open Springfield campus

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      University of Massachusetts Medical School to open Springfield campus

      In a move to increase the number of physicians in the state and improve health care here, the University of Massachusetts Medical School is expanding its footprint into Western Massachusetts. The commonwealth's only public medical school, in conjunction with Baystate Health and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will open a regional clinical campus in Springfield. It will focus on training future physicians in the much-needed areas of rural and urban primary care, and be known as UMMS-Baystate Health. Besides its neighborhood clinics and other outpatient facilities, Baystate has four area hospitals with plans to acquire a fifth, Noble in ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Palmer   Baystate Health

    23. WMass officials hope to secure Boston 2024 Olympic events

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      WMass officials hope to secure Boston 2024 Olympic events

      Western Massachusetts boosters always knew local venues, such as the MassMutual Center  or the Mullins Center on the University of Massachusetts, are too small and would never host the medal rounds of the popular men's and women's basketball tournaments, said Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council and the person leading the charge to ensure as much of the Boston 2024 Olympics occur in Western Massachusetts as possible. "I think there is a very good chance that we will host preliminary-round basketball," Sullivan said.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts

    24. Mountain Farms Mall developer wants to raze Hadley bank, Burger King, build 2 new buildings | masslive.com

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      Mountain Farms Mall developer wants to raze Hadley bank, Burger King, build 2 new buildings | masslive.com

      The developer of the Mountain Farms Mall is hoping to build two new buildings on the site where the vacant Florence Savings Bank and Burger King now sit.  Andrew Manning, project manager for the Chestnut Hill-based WS Development, brought preliminary plans to the Planning Board this month for two new 11,000-square -foot buildings to get members perspective.  He said the current vacant buildings would be razed and the lot reconfigured. The bank has moved to a new location at 377 Russell St.  The new buildings would be line with the current Vision Showcase, AT&T building and one angled ...

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