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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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.

The coat of arms of Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland
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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.

Edward Mero
Albany County District Attorney's Office

A city of Albany employee has been charged with killing his former roommate and another woman within two years of each other. 

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Tomorrow night, Williams College will launch its version of The Campus Kitchens Project. The private college in western Massachusetts will become the 60th school to join the nationwide nonprofit designed to decrease food waste and combat hunger. 

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The sixth annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival is running through this weekend in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Incorporating numerous cultural organizations, the festival features more than 50 music, theater, art, dance and fitness events organized by Pittsfield’s cultural development office and Barrington Stage Company.

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
Office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Some voters in New York’s vast 21st Congressional District are urging their Republican Representative Elise Stefanik to hold town hall meetings, but on WAMC’s Congressional Corner Thursday the congresswoman who has just started her second term tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that she prefers smaller, private meetings with constituents.

This is a picture of Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless
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The Berkshire District Attorney says there will be no criminal charges against a Pittsfield police officer who fired at a driver who fled a traffic stop and then drove at the officer. 

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Here at WAMC we wrapped up a record-setting one-day, one million dollar fund drive this week. But management at public radio and television stations across the country are uncertain about future funding from the federal government. President Trump’s administration is considering privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, an idea that has some support among majority House Republicans. 

Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center rally at the Pittsfield, MA hospital in December 2014.
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Update at 1:15 Thursday: The Massachusetts Nurses Association has canceled Thursday's rally due to the winter storm in Pittsfield.

Despite the winter storm, nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are planning a rally in Pittsfield today over what they say are unsafe staffing levels at the hospital. WAMC spoke with Amber VanBramer, a registered nurse at BMC who is a member of the bargaining committee for the Massachusetts Nurses Association at the hospital. The union represents all of the roughly 800 registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
CT.gov

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's new budget plan calls for $1.5 billion in state employee givebacks over two years and shifts about $400 million in teacher pension costs to cities and towns from the state. The Democrat announced his two-year, $40.6 billion spending plan today before a joint session of the General Assembly in Hartford. 

Pipeline opponents rallied outside Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for a hearing on the land access in April 2016.
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On Monday representatives of the state of Massachusetts and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company will meet in Berkshire Superior Court to discuss a proposed settlement for the Connecticut Expansion Project

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a crowd of cheering Planned Parenthood advocates that he’s proposing a constitutional amendment to put the protections in the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into the state’s constitution.

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Efforts to bring broadband internet to underserved areas of rural, western Massachusetts have been ongoing for more than a decade. Now the regional cooperative WiredWest has a new proposal. It comes after Governor Charlie Baker’s administration shook up and reviewed the efforts of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says he will veto legislation calling for nearly $18 million in annual pay raises for top lawmakers, statewide elected officials and judges. 

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A Pittsfield man is in stable condition after being shot by a city police officer when he took officers on a chase throughout the western Massachusetts city. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker delivers his 2017 State of the Commonwealth address.
Office of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker

The full transcript of Governor Charlie Baker's State of the Commonwealth address.

Dr. Themarge Small
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss obstetrics and gynecology are Doctors Themarge Small and Annika Chadee of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition named a new executive director at the end of 2016. Amber Besaw takes over for Adam Hinds, who is now representing the region in the Massachusetts State Senate.

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State Senator Adam Hinds began his two-year term representing western Massachusetts earlier this month. He has taken over for fellow Democrat Ben Downing, who retired after a decade in office. 

Congressman John Lewis
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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams announced today that Congressman John Lewis will be the keynote speaker for the school’s commencement in May. 

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts
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North Adams, Massachusetts is the focus this week of an organization committed to small businesses in small communities. Members of the Deluxe Small Business Revolution on Main Street are touring North Adams. They are gathering input to see if businesses in the western Massachusetts city deserve a half-million dollar award. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

A state police helicopter carrying New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made an emergency landing at Stewart Airport in Newburgh Wednesday afternoon.

Saint-Gobain's plant in Hoosick Falls, NY
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The village board in Hoosick Falls will consider an agreement with two companies tied to water contamination in the Rensselaer County community. 

Governor Phil Scott
Governor-elect's transition office

Republican Phil Scott was sworn in as Vermont's governor Thursday. Below is the transcript of his inaugural speech.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
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Below is the full transcript of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin's farewall address to lawmakers.

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Here is the full transcript of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's State of the State address delivered on January 4, 2017.

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko
Office of U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko

After a storm of criticism, including from President-elect Donald Trump, House Republicans reversed themselves Tuesday and restored the current rules of the Office of Congressional Ethics. Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat, spoke to WAMC News about the back and forth.

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