Western MA – With the U.S. Senate scheduled to debate the 2007 farm bill next week, officials at the Western Massachusetts Food Bank are urging legislators to increase USDA funding. Andrew Morehouse, Food Bank of Western Massachusetts executive director, tells WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, an increase would allow food banks across the country to provide more food to those in need;
Albany, NY – Former New York State Environmental Conversation Commissioner, NYS lawmaker and WAMC commentator, Peter Berle has died. Berle also served as head of the National Audubon Society. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Boston, MA – A boom in bottled beverage consumption has many lawmakers in Massachusetts proposing expanding the so-called bottle bill so it would include more of those containers. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has this report;
Pittsfield, MA – With the general election approaching the two Pittsfield, Massachusetts mayoral candidates met for their final public forum Tuesday. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the details:
Pittsfield, MA – Statistics show childhood obesity isn't a problem that kids will outgrow - overweight adolescents are 80 percent more likely to be obese in adulthood. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has more on this problem and how a number of health officials in the Berkshires believe it should be tackled;
Worthington, MA – An important test is underway in Western Massachusetts as part of the effort to bring high speed internet service to the rural areas of the state that have no access to broadband..WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports...
Montpelier, VT – The state of Vermont and advocacy groups are redoubling their efforts to get all Vermonters enrolled in health insurance programs. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.