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AM Briefing: Tornado Anniversary; 'Rockefeller' Challenges Conviction

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Happy Friday. Top local stories and what we're watching today:

-- It's the one-year anniversary of the deadly tornadoes that swept through western and central Massachusetts last June 1, and news outlets are marking the date by checking up on recovery progress in the affected communities. Our coverage so far:

-- Some other notable coverage:

  • Springfield leaders are proud of strides in tornado recovery but see great challenges ahead. [Springfield Republican]
  • Storm Stories: Path Of Fury - [WFCR-FM]
  • A Springfield neighborhood still reels a year after the deadly tornado. [Boston Globe]
  • FEMA official: Tornado recovery could take three to five years in western Massachusetts. [NECN]

-- Ahead of a nonbinding citywide referendum, the Taunton City Council approved a tribal casino proposal. Related:

  • After Freetown voted down a proposed tribal casino, neighboring Lakeville voters weigh in on the same plan on Saturday. [New Bedford Standard Times]

-- The man who used the name "Clark Rockefeller" will challenge his kidnapping conviction in a Massachusetts court. [Associated Press, via WBZ-TV]

-- A Boston City Council ordinance would require the removal of all obsolete satellite dishes and set up guidelines for new dishes that face the street. [Globe]

-- The Massachusetts Democratic convention is tomorrow, and Senate hopeful Marisa DeFranco is pushing for a spot on the ballot.


-- The Celtics will try to battle back from an 0-2 hole at home tonight (8:30 p.m.) against the Heat.

-- The Tigers peppered pitcher Josh Beckett as the Red Sox lose.

This program aired on June 1, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Benjamin Swasey Digital Manager
Ben is WBUR's digital news manager.



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