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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Albany International Airport
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With about 60,000 passengers expected, Albany International Airport is preparing for its busiest Thanksgiving travel period since 2007. The Albany County Airport Authority is advising travelers arrive at least 90 minutes before their scheduled departures, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at GAP, Inc. in Fishkill
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo marked the opening of a “pop-up” distribution center in the Hudson Valley today, after GAP’s roughly 1 million square-foot facility in Fishkill was destroyed in an August fire.

Jules Eskin plays the cello in 1964
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The principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra has died. Jules Eskin spent more than five decades with the orchestra.

This is a picture of Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing.
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Retiring Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing will go to work for a solar energy firm after leaving the State House. 

New York’s Attorney General is barring an Albany pastor and his wife accused of taking money from a charity they controlled from accessing the organization’s finances. 

Two men were sentenced today in a grisly Albany area murder authorities believe was tied to drug activity. Michael Chmielewski received 22 years to life in prison and Sean Moreland received two to six years in prison.

Moreland’s sentence will run concurrent to an eight-year burglary sentence in a separate crime.

In August 2015, Chmielewski broke into a Colonie hair salon to rob it for drug money and stabbed stylist Jackie Porreca, who died of her injuries. Moreland drove the getaway car.

Adam Hinds celebrates his election to the Massachusetts State Senate Tuesday night in Pittsfield.
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Voters in western Massachusetts are sticking with Democrats in the State House. Adam Hinds cruised to victory in the race to replace retiring Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing. Hinds, a Democrat, beat Republican Christine Canning by a roughly 70 to 30 split.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed flags at New York State buildings to half-staff in honor of a Western New York native killed in Afghanistan last week.

The Massachusetts State House
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On Tuesday, Pittsfield voters will decide who will represent them in the State House and whether they want an additional tax surcharge to fund historical conservation efforts.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a panel to develop a plan to make the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse a year-round magnet for business and tourism. Speaking Wednesday in Syracuse, the Democrat says he’d like to detail the plan during his January State of the State address, noting that if it’s good he’ll advocate for a repeat of the recent $50 million investment at the fairgrounds.

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Two men were killed late Tuesday night when a car crashed through the perimeter fence of the Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, struck a cement barrier and caught on fire.

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Police from across the region, including members of the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, came to South Glens Falls today to remember New York State Trooper Timothy Pratt who died in the line of duty last week when he was struck by a car while helping a truck driver along a road in Saratoga County. At the funeral, his daughter Sarah Pratt said her father was her source of strength.

This is a picture of the inside of the Massachusetts State House
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For the first time in a decade, voters in the westernmost portions of Massachusetts are charged with the task of filling an open state senate seat.

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Connecticut’s health exchange is entering its fourth open enrollment period with two less carriers than in years past. Anthem and ConnectiCare are increasing their rates 22 and 17 percent respectively.

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A New York State trooper has died after being hit by a vehicle while assisting the driver of a tractor trailer that had stopped in a median this morning in Wilton. 

A stretch of the Housatonic River under remediation.
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The Environmental Protection Agency has made final modifications to its 13-year, $613 million cleanup plan for the Housatonic River. PCBs from General Electric’s now shuttered Pittsfield, Massachusetts facility have contaminated the waterway. EPA Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding spoke with WAMC about the restoration effort.

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Starting next month the city of Pittsfield will begin installing parking meters in heavily-trafficked areas of downtown.

The entrance sign at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts
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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is internationally known for its summer performance season, but the organization is looking to expand its influence year-round.

The Pittsfield City Council has tabled a resolution to oppose a statewide ballot initiative that would raise Massachusetts’ cap on charter schools.

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The Pittsfield City Council has approved a $562,000 economic package to keep the city’s waste-to-energy facility open for four years.

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The Great Barrington Police Department has closed an investigation into an alleged racial incident at Monument Mountain Regional High School.

The department says two students got into an argument September 26th involving racist comments stemming from a varsity football player’s decision to kneel during the national anthem. Working with state and federal agencies, officers concluded the words did not amount to hate speech or a prosecutable offense.

Professional and amateur athletes have kneeled during the national anthem to protest police killings of African Americans.

Mark Tercek, The Nature Conservancy's President and CEO
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The president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy is set to speak at Williams College tonight as part of the school’s yearlong focus on climate change. Mark Tercek graduated from Williams in 1979 and began a five-year term on the school’s board of trustees in July. Tercek spent 24 years as a managing director and partner with the investment firm Goldman Sachs before joining The Nature Conservancy in 2008. Tercek spoke with WAMC about the ways the organization is combating climate change.

Connecticut's Old State House in Hartford
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Responsibility for the historic Old State House in downtown Hartford is returning to the General Assembly.

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Newschnannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Friday, October 7, 2016.

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This holiday weekend marks the 49th annual hike up Massachusetts’ highest peak known as the Greylock Ramble. But, this year’s event could be extra magical.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy addresses the plan at Yale University School of Medicine Thursday.
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The Connecticut Opioid Response Team and the state’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Council have supplied Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration with a plan to tackle Connecticut’s opioid crisis.

Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing
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Western Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing is endorsing his fellow Democrat who is running to replace him.

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Pittsfield’s mayor has created a $562,000 economic package to keep the city’s waste to energy facility running for the next four years. City officials say closure would cost Pittsfield nearly $1 million a year.

Magic Fluke instruments come in various colors and designs.
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The ukulele might not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to instruments, but it has struck a chord with a western Massachusetts couple who have grown their business around it. And it’s no fluke.

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Connecticut’s U.S. senators are renewing their call for the creation of a federal green bank to grow clean energy and energy efficiency.

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