Jim Levulis

Berkshire Bureau Chief

Born and raised in Eden, NY, Jim has been WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief since July 2013. He previously worked as a reporter, producer and anchor at WAER, an NPR affiliate in Syracuse. He has experience in Top 40 radio and has spent time with NPR-affiliate WBFO and CBS-affiliate WIVB-TV, both in Buffalo. A loyal and constantly humbled New York Yankees and Buffalo sports fan, Jim holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism and History from Syracuse University.

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WAMC News
7:04 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Spanish Company Buying US Utility Serving Northeast For $3B

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Spain's leading electricity and natural gas utility, Iberdrola, says it will buy the northeastern U.S. utility company UIL Holdings Corporation in a deal valued at roughly $3 billion.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Adams Charter School Students Enjoying Expansion

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A charter school in Adams, Massachusetts recently celebrated a $4.6 million expansion that created a new gym, stage area and lunch room.

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New England News
5:04 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Malloy Taps Army Reservist As Connecticut Veterans Chief

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Gov. Dannel Malloy is naming a U.S. Army reservist and ethics officer for Pratt and Whitney to oversee Connecticut's Department of Veterans Affairs. He was expected to announce the appointment of Sean Connolly on Thursday afternoon.

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New England News
4:42 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Hartford Firefighter Died After Tank Ran Out Of Air

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The Connecticut medical examiner's office says a Hartford firefighter who lost his life battling a house fire in October died because his tank ran out of air. The medical examiner ruled Thursday that the death of 48-year-old Kevin Bell was an accident.

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New England News
4:15 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Conn. Secretary Of State Wants To Revamp Registrar System

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Secretary of the State Denise Merrill wants to overhaul Connecticut's localized election system, having one professional registrar oversee elections in each city and town.

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New England News
12:13 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Committee Recommends Town Administrator For Quarrelsome Hinsdale

A report from the Town Administrator Advisory Committee recommends the town of Hinsdale hire a full-time administrator.
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What appears to be the most politically divided community in Berkshire County may soon be searching for a town administrator. A committee has recommended Hinsdale task someone with managing the town of roughly 2,000.

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New England News
7:32 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

New England Governors Look To Expand Renewable Energy, Natural Gas

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.)
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The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are teaming up to look for ways to increase the region's reliance on renewable energy while expanding natural gas capacity.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Pittsfield Councilors Questions City's Snow Fighting Strategies

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Concerns and complaints over road conditions following a winter storm over Presidents Day weekend came to head at Tuesday night’s Pittsfield City Council meeting.

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New England News
5:28 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

MassDOT Names Frank DePaola Interim Head Of MBTA

Frank DePoala
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Massachusetts’ transportation board has named Frank DePaola interim MBTA general manager. DePaola currently serves as state highway administrator and chief operating officer for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

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New England News
4:58 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

North Adams Residents Spend Week Without Running Water

Katherine Haig has been collecting snow and melting it inside her Overlook Terrace home to flush toilets and wash dishes.
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Update: As of Wednesday afternoon, water service was restored to the homes on Overlook Terrace. Service stopped late Monday, Feb. 16th. 

Nearly unrelenting below average temperatures are wrecking havoc on streets, cars and underground pipes throughout the Northeast this winter. A frozen and busted pipe has caused a handful of people in North Adams to resort to melting snow to flush toilets and wash dishes after being without running water for more than a week.

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