Jim Levulis

Associate News Director

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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One of three Berkshire Regional Transit Authority hybrid buses run on either diesel and electric or gasoline and electric.
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As part of a countywide clean air challenge, Berkshire Community College and the regional transit authority are highlighting bus use between the school and downtown Pittsfield.

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Shakespeare and Company in Lenox named a new artistic director last week after a period of leadership change. Allyn Burrows was with the company from 1989 to 2006 as an actor and board member. Since 2010 he’s been Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston. In September 2014, Rick Dildine started as executive director with Shakespeare and Company; two months later, a founding member left the organization. Dildine abruptly departed in March 2015 and days later three board members resigned. Burrows spoke with WAMC News about why he rejoined Shakespeare and Company.

Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier
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Incumbent Pittsfield State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier fended off a Democratic primary challenger to advance to the general election Thursday.

Adam Hinds
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Adam Hinds bested two fellow Democrats Thursday in the race for an open state Senate seat in western Massachusetts.

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Today marks the start of a relatively new four-day traditional music festival celebrating bluegrass, Cajun, jazz and swing. The Oldtone Roots Music Festival in North Hillsdale, NY features a number of national and area bands, music workshops, contests and a camping and eating experience. WAMC News spoke with organizer Jim Wright about what’s in store.

Allyn Burrows
Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts has named a new artistic director after a period of leadership change.

Voters in Western Massachusetts are deciding which Democrat they want to send to the general election in the races for state senate and state representative on today’s rare Thursday primary.

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus in North Adams.
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Students and staff at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are starting out the school year with new leadership, more students and a pair of grants aimed at improving student success.

Fred Conyers is looking to become a Pittsfield firefigher.
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Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is recommending the city’s fire department hire a man who spent time in prison, against the wishes of some Pittsfield firefighters.

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus
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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams has received a $2 million federal grant to increase retention and graduation rates of low-income and minority students.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer
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Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is not making any endorsements in the primary races for the area’s state senate and representative seats. She is, however, being open about whom she is personally supporting.

Fred Conyers is looking to become a Pittsfield firefigher.
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Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is recommending the city’s fire department hire a man who spent time in prison, against the wishes of some Pittsfield firefighters.

New York City police say two people have been shot to death during a carnival in the hours before the West Indian Day Parade.

Police say a male in his late teens or early 20s was shot in the chest at around 3:50 a.m. Monday in Brooklyn. He died at a hospital.

Police say about 25 minutes later, a 22-year-old woman was shot in the head just a block away and died at a hospital.

Police are investigating whether the shootings are related.

Emergency demolition of St. Francis' steeple in May 2016.
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The demolition continues for a North Adams church that has stood for more than 150 years. The future of the parcel of land remains up in the air.

The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts.
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A New York firm that works with distressed malls is buying the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough. Best Buy and Macy’s have left the location in the past year.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski
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Thousands are expected to gather in Rome Sunday for the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa, after which she will be known as Saint Mother Teresa. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, will celebrate the event by attending a mass at the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in the Berkshire County village of Housatonic Saturday.

The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts.
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Area media are reporting that the Berkshire Mall will soon have a new owner.

Democratic candidates (from left to right) Rinaldo Del Gallo, Adam Hinds and Andrea Harrington debate at Berkshire Community College in August.
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With a week to go until the primary election, the race for an open state Senate seat in western Massachusetts is heating up with infighting among the Democratic candidates.

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The town of Great Barrington is urging residents to sign up for its new emergency notification system.

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Update at 6:45 p.m. August 30: Great Barrington Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin tells WAMC the town is taking the matter seriously and is investigating the issues expressed in the report. A recent article by the online publication The Berkshire Edge details alleged drinking and driving incidents by Great Barrington police officers.

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Connecticut is boasting about the success of a bus system between Hartford and New Britain.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, right, with Berkshire Mountain Distillers CEO Chris Weld in Sheffield.
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Craft is finding its way into many beverage industries nowadays…and also into some bottles. And a Berkshire business is looking to drink up the benefits.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, right, with Berkshire Mountain Distillers CEO Chris Weld in Sheffield.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this week marked a milestone in the construction of a Springfield factory designed to build rail cars for Boston’s transit system. But, the Republican says his administration is also reviewing rail expansion options in western Massachusetts.

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is planning to give a presentation on her vision for America in Pittsfield Saturday.

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The town of Great Barrington is urging residents to sign up for its new emergency notification system.

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Former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean will be in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Sunday for a talk on America’s future. The Democrat plans to discuss this year’s national elections and more. Dean, a Hillary Clinton supporter, spoke with WAMC about the generation of Americans born after 1980 and their influence on the country.

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Animal activists are praising a new Massachusetts law aimed at preventing animals from suffering or even dying when left in hot cars.

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Federal and state agricultural officials met in Connecticut Wednesday to discuss human and animal health concerns as agritourism grows.

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The North Adams Ambulance Service and a community organization are partnering to offer overdose reversal training.

As teachers, staff and students head back to school, a recent forum in Hartford featuring the U.S. Education Secretary discussed the role of diversity in education.

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