Jim Levulis

Associate News Director

Born and raised in Eden, NY, Jim has been WAMC’s Associate News Director since October 2016. Before that he worked as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief  for three years. 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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After 16 years leading the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Tad Ames will step down as the organization’s president at the end of 2017. Ames recently spoke with WAMC about his decision.

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The Berkshire Natural Resources Council is marking its 50th anniversary with a community celebration September 9.

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Pittsfield police shot a man who allegedly barricaded himself in his ex-girlfriend’s home. 

Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove is now recusing himself from the investigation into a police officer-involved shooting in Troy earlier this month. 

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The New York state Transportation Department says lanes on the Twin Bridges carrying the Adirondack Northway over the Mohawk River will be reduced during nights for the next several weeks, starting Monday night, for resurfacing. 

The former North Adams Regional Hospital is now the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center.
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Leaders of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital will not face penalties for failing to provide adequate public notice of their plan to close in 2014. 

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Police in Mechanicville, NY have arrested two teenagers in the shooting death of 19-year-old David Feliciano.

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Often times, conservation and economics have butted heads. But a western Massachusetts company is looking to buck the trend.

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A Berkshire-based biotechnology entrepreneur has been accused of using investor funds – given for technologies to fight cancer – to pay his mortgage, write checks to family members and support his fiancée’s restaurants. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site in Hoosick Falls, NY to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List. According to the agency, EPA adds sites to the NLP list when mismanagement of contamination threatens human health and the environment. 

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Massachusetts’ highest court has denied an appeal for a new trial for Caius Veiovis, who was convicted of kidnapping and murdering three men in Pittsfield in 2011. The Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday upheld the 2014 conviction. 

(Airs 7/16/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week’s Gazette: Former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s 2015 corruption conviction has been overturned by a federal appeals court, the city of Albany partners with the Nature Conservancy on a carbon agreement and we speak with a Democrat challenging Republican Congressman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District. Plus, political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on a Quinnipiac poll on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s performance. 

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June 29 is the first day ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft can operate in upstate New York and Long Island. State lawmakers approved expanding the service beyond New York City earlier this year. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation Tuesday allowing Connecticut’s two federally-recognized Native American tribes to run a casino in East Windsor. 

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Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts’ Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education has died. The Boston Globe reports Chester, who had been battling cancer, died Monday night.

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In the absence of a complete spending plan, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is calling on state lawmakers to pass what the Democrat is calling a mini-budget. 

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The Adirondack 46 are staples of hiking in upstate New York. WAMC’s Jim Levulis summited one of the 4,000-footers and sent this report.

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The Massachusetts House is set to debate proposed changes to the voter-approved law that legalized recreational use of marijuana by adults.

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The White Mountains live up to their name well into spring. WAMC’s Jim Levulis hiked one of the range’s southern peaks and sent this report.

Bald Eagles Face Danger From Lead Poisoning

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The comeback of the American bald eagle is a success story across the Great Lakes region, and keeping them safe is a high priority for many environmental professionals.

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An Albany County court jury Wednesday afternoon found two former University at Albany students guilty of filing a false statement, but acquitted the pair of assault, attempted assault and harassment. 

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The 121st Boston Marathon will be run on April 17th. It’s considered one of the top international running events. In 2013 the world’s attention turned to the race as two bombs near the finish line killed three people and injured more than 260 others. A new documentary recounts the history of the Boston Marathon and the return of racers and spectators after the 2013 tragedy.

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The warmer temperatures and the calendar indicate spring has arrived, which for many in the region means hiking season is right around the bend. But, as I recently found out, the last vestiges of winter on are the mountaintops.

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Toxicologist Michael Gallo is speaking at the Armory at Sage College of Albany tonight about environmental contaminants and efforts to counteract chemical terrorism. 

A barge run aground in the Hudson River in Catskill Tuesday.
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A barge carrying 2.5 million gallons of gasoline has run aground in the Hudson River in Catskill. New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation says there are no spills or leaks. 

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The Massachusetts Broadband Institute recently gave preliminary approval to a proposal from Charter Communications to bring broadband internet to six underserved towns, three of which are in Berkshire County.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts is celebrating the 19th anniversary of its sister city relationship with Ballina, Ireland in County Mayo. As part of the celebration, town councillor Michael Loftus, who was recently elected mayor, is visiting the western Massachusetts city. 

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Police have charged three teenagers with murder in the Thursday morning shooting of 23 year-old Alexander Martuscello at his home in Amsterdam. 

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Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center say they have filed six federal unfair labor practice charges against hospital owner Baystate Health. 

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
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Mayor Richard Alcombright delivered his State of the City address last night during a meeting of the North Adams City Council. The Democrat has held the corner office in the western Massachusetts city since 2010.

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