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Saturday
Oct182014

BostonGlobe.com Headlines - October 17, 2014 

The Boston Globe

 

 

 

Here are highlights from today's Globe:

         
  • Patrick’s legacy shows dents: As the candidates running for governor try to match his electoral success, Deval Patrick gets mixed reviews from voters. Michael Levenson reports.
 
  • In N.H. Senate race, suddenly the issue is abortion: US Senate candidate Scott Brown is spending considerable time and resources trying to extinguish the brush fire of doubt that keeps flaring up over his support for women’s access to abortion and contraception. Carol Robidoux details the race.
   
Saturday
Oct182014

BostonGlobe.com CAPITAL Headlines - October 17, 2014 

The Boston Globe

 

 

 

Here are highlights from Capital today:

  • Patrick’s legacy shows dents: As the candidates running for governor try to match his electoral success, Deval Patrick gets mixed reviews from voters. Michael Levenson reports.
 
  • In N.H. Senate race, suddenly the issue is abortion: US Senate candidate Scott Brown is spending considerable time and resources trying to extinguish the brush fire of doubt that keeps flaring up over his support for women’s access to abortion and contraception. Carol Robidoux details the race.
   
Saturday
Oct182014

Brown For US Senate - ICYMI: SCOTT BROWN ON EBOLA: THE TIME FOR A TRAVEL BAN IS NOW 

I believe that we should absolutely have a travel ban, because the time to do it is right now in its infancy, not a month from now when it could potentially be in a different stage.” - Scott Brown



MANCHESTER - This morning on WTSN’s “Open Mic” with Mike Pomp, Scott Brown discussed the Ebola crisis, and called for an immediate travel ban on flights into the United States from West Africa.

Scott Brown
WTSN "Open Mic" with Mike Pomp
October 17, 2014


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TRANSCRIPT:

Scott Brown: I think we need to step back.  Remember the President said that it will not come to our country and we will stop it and we will eradicate it.  I and others were hopeful that he was right.  The problem is that he is not right.  It is here, it is something that is very serious. You have the surrounding countries actually to where the epidemic is actually taking place have a successful travel ban, yet I believe we are being too politically correct by not putting in place a travel ban and that is a distinction between Senator Shaheen and me. I believe that we should absolutely have a travel ban, because the time to do it is right now in its infancy, not a month from now when it could potentially be in a different stage.  And here's a caveat that I think is important for everyone to understand: I want the President to be successful.  I think as Americans we all want him to be successful. I am hopeful that he will lay out a plan.  He said he was going to stop it.  Then we find out that the CDC folks have said this may be like an AIDS epidemic, we have to be very careful.  Now we find it is spreading not only one death but two have been infected.  So I want him to be successful I want him to tell us what to do. I want him to tell us what they are doing, come up with a protocol.  I even sent a letter to Governor Hassan asking her to inform us here in Hew Hampshire what the plan is.  Are the hospital and first responders and other personnel up to speed? Do they have the tools and resources they need in the event of any type of infection coming to our state.
 
Host: But this is the time to take action, right now?
 
Scott Brown: Senator Shaheen is one again rubber-stamping the President's policy when it comes to not putting in place a travel ban and I think it is dangerous. 
Saturday
Oct182014

PSU Receives $2.2 Million in Grants to Train Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselors Federal Funding Aimed at Helping Teens and At Risk Youth 

PSU Receives $2.2 Million in Grants to Train Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselors Federal Funding Aimed at Helping Teens and At Risk Youth

PLYMOUTH, N.H.– Plymouth State University is taking the lead on combatting mental health and substance abuse problems throughout New Hampshire with the help of $2.2 million in federal grants. The three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) allows the University's professional counseling and school psychology program to recruit more students by offering them stipends during their internships, which increases the number of student interns providing mental health and substance abuse services to children, adolescents and transitional-age individuals.
“According to the state Department of Education, there is a critical need in New Hampshire for trained school counselors and school psychologists,” said Gary Goodnough, who chairs PSU’s Counselor Education and School Psychology program. “It’s very hard for our students to work without pay in their internships while at the same time paying tuition. These grants allow us to support them while they are attaining this important degree.”
This HRSA grant initiative was created in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting to provide better-trained school professionals to identify and treat troubled students. These grants will allow PSU to offer stipends to more than 100 master’s-level interns in school psychology, school counseling, and clinical mental health counseling who work between 600 and 1,200 hours. Currently, students in these programs receive no stipend during their internships, while paying up to $7,000 for school credits while having little free time for a part-time job.
“It’s a huge deal for me and my family,” said PSU graduate student Emily Russell, a school psychology intern at Lisbon High School. “I’m married, we have two little kids, and my husband is now the only one working–so to take a full year off to do this internship when there’s no way to work a part-time job, and still have to pay for classes, this is a fairly significant turnaround for us.”
“In addition to the financial support provided for student internships, this funding will be transformational; allowing us to deepen our relationships with schools, mental health organizations and other external partners in an effort to ensure that children, adolescents and young adults in New Hampshire have better access to critical mental health services,” said Gail Mears, Dean of PSU’s College of Education, Health and Human Services. “Being selected as grant recipients is a testimony to the excellence of our Counseling and School Psychology programs. We are deeply honored to be recognized in this way!”
The University will use the funding to focus on prevention and clinical intervention and treatment for at-risk youth and their families and put a special emphasis on meeting the needs of “transitional-age” persons ages 16 to 25 who are at risk for mental illness, substance abuse and suicide, and the least likely to seek continuous help. According to figures compiled in the past two years by the NH Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated one in five people ages five to 19 in New Hampshire has a diagnosable mental health disorder, while the same age group has some of the highest rates of alcohol and drug use in the country. This funding will facilitate inter-professional collaboration with a local primary care health center and school, community mental health centers, and law enforcement with the primary goal of nurturing safe communities. The grant writer, PSU Associate Professor of Counselor Education and School Psychology Cindy Waltman, said the funding would positively transform students’ lives, and that will be reflected in New Hampshire’s schools.
“We want to make a difference in New Hampshire,” Waltman said. “School districts have a real need for school psychologists and counselors, but there aren’t enough qualified candidates.”
The $2.2 million awarded to PSU are among the largest social sciences grants ever awarded to a USNH school; Goodnough believes PSU will see an influx of students who aspire to be school psychologists and counselors, but could not afford the program without a stipend.
“We know that mental health and substance abuse issues can create problems anywhere, even New Hampshire,” said Goodnough. “It’s been hard for our students to endure the financial hardship to become trained counselors and school psychologists, so this grant is very exciting.”

Saturday
Oct182014

NHDP - Nasty Right-Wing Fringe Group Pulls Ad Featuring Slain Journalist

But Brown Still Silent—Won’t Return $10K Donation From PAC Board Member
 
Foley Family Speaks Out Against Ad, Brown Stays Silent on Controversial Donation
 

Manchester, NH—While this morning New England Cable News reported that Secure America Now, a right-wing fringe group run by John Bolton, Brown’s big money donor and former foreign policy advisor, is pulling an ad featuring slain journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley, Brown is still refusing to return the $10,000 donation he received from Bolton’s PAC. Brown has refused to do the right thing and return the money he received from Bolton’s PAC, even though the Foley family has spoke out against this ad.
 
“Scott Brown’s silence speaks volumes. This ad was incredibly offensive, and even the disgraced out of state SuperPAC pulled the ad down. But Scott Brown is remaining silent and refusing to return ten thousand dollars in tainted donations he received from them,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “Scott Brown doesn't understand New Hampshire and clearly doesn't care that the corporate special interests backing his campaign so callously used the murder of one of our own to scare voters. It’s unacceptable that he has refused to take a stand on something so obviously wrong.
 
“It’s long past time for Scott Brown to finally do the right thing. He should return the donation from the people responsible for this reprehensible ad.”
 
Yesterday, after running an emotional interview with Jim Foley's parents where they denounced the ad, NECN asked the Brown campaign if he would return the $10,000 donation from Bolton, but Brown’s campaign refused to comment.