Veterans Encouraged To Speak About Concerns

The crowd of roughly 50 at a downtown hotel was about half veterans, 25 percent VA staff, many who are also veterans. And the rest, family and friends. John Collins directs the central and western Massachusetts VA health system. He’s new to the job and the VA, following 30 years in the army.

Big Game For New England Patriots

The New England Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game on Sunday. This follows the Pats’ thriller last week, a 35-to-31 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Military Encourages Marriage

The rates of marriage in the military today rival civilian numbers from the 1950’s. That’s what UMass Amherst sociology professor Jennifer Lundquist discovered. She says benefits like health care, free education and housing create a culture conducive to marrying young.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray has helped engineer an orderly transition to her successor, Senator Stan Rosenberg, and managed to put an extensive chamber renovation plan, including funding, in place prior to her departure and in the midst of criticism of harmful cuts to state programs and services.

Rail Crossing In Springfield Raises Concerns

Residents in Springfield’s north end say higher speed trains slated to start running at the end of December pose serious safety risks. Jose Claudio, of the New North Citizen’s Council says hundreds of people cross the track at a section called…the alleyway. Claudio says that includes children, and parents with strollers.

Vermont Governor’s Race Still Contentious

Vermont Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin’s narrow defeat last week of Republican Scott Milne means the state legislature will have the final say on the matter in January. The Vermont constitution requires lawmakers take a special vote — a secret ballot — if neither candidate gets more than 50 percent in the election.

Amherst College Students Study Sophocles And War

An Amherst College English class this fall called, The Narrative of Suffering, veers from the likes of the Book of Job and King Lear. The change happened after the professor heard countless stories in the news about struggling veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. So, he decided to weave contemporary combat trauma into the curriculum.

GE Critical Of EPA

GE is highly critical of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to clean up PCB contamination in the Housatonic river. The public comment period for the proposal called,Rest of River,ended this week