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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New England News
12:28 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

As Chamber CEO, Butler Looks To Bring A Young Workforce To Berkshires

Jonathan Butler
Credit Facebook: Berkshire Chamber of Commerce

The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce has named a new president and CEO.

Jonathan Butler will take over for interim president June Roy-Martin the day after Labor Day. Butler will leave his post as Adams town administrator, where he’s served since 2009, at the end of August.

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New England News
8:22 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

UConn Board Approves $1.2 Billion Budget

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The University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a $1.18 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

The budget represents a 4.6 percent increase in spending over 2014 levels and includes a previously approved tuition hike of 6.5 percent.

The budget allows for the hiring of 61 new faculty members, part of a plan approved in 2011 to add almost 300 positions by 2016. The school says the hiring will make classes more available and allow more students to graduate in four years.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

New Website Compares Primary Care Doctors In Mass.

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A new website allows users to compare primary care doctors in Massachusetts.

HealthCareCompassMA is the brain child of Massachusetts Health Quality Partners. Barbara Lambiaso is a senior project manager with the non-profit coalition of physicians, hospitals and patient representatives.

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New England News
5:28 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Adams Town Admin. Tapped As Berkshire Chamber President

Jonathan Butler
Credit Facebook: Berkshire Chamber of Commerce

The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce has named a new president and CEO.

Jonathan Butler will take over for interim president June Roy-Martin the day after Labor Day in September.

Butler will leave his post as Adams town administrator, in which he’s served since 2009, at the end of August.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Pittsfield Council Approves Budget, Shoots Down Capital Projects; North Adams Passes Budget

The Pittsfield City Council approved a $141 million operating budget for 2015 Tuesday night, but shot down Mayor Dan Bianchi's $9.5 million capital expense budget.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Pittsfield City Council approved a $141 million budget for 2015, but is not seeing eye-to-eye with Mayor Dan Bianchi on capital investments.

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New England News
10:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Bear Kills Dog In Central Connecticut

An American black bear
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A bear attack in Bloomfield, Conn. has left a dog dead.

Police say the black bear was with three cubs when it attacked the Husky outside a home on Duncaster Road in Bloomfield early Sunday morning.

Gerald Hodgkiss told reporters he rushed his dog Shelby to a veterinarian after the attack, but the dog had a broken neck and could not be saved.

Hodgkiss says the bear and the cubs have been sighted several times in the area, and does not want to see them destroyed.

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New England News
3:52 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Jailed Transgender Teen Moved To Conn. Psych Center

Solnit Children's Psychiatric Center in Middletown, Conn.
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A transgender girl detained without criminal charges for two months at an adult women's prison in Connecticut has been moved to a psychiatric center for children following an outcry by her supporters.

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New England News
12:03 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Pittsfield And North Adams Councils To Vote On Budgets

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Two Berkshire County city councils vote tonight on their annual budgets.

The Pittsfield City Council will vote on Mayor Dan Bianchi’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget. Bianchi calls the $141 million dollar spending plan a maintenance budget proposing a 2.7 percent increase over the previous one of $138 million. It would fund SUVs for the fire department to decrease use of larger trucks and a new public works garage to replace a facility damaged in a 2012 fire.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Group Aims To Revive Great Barrington Fairgrounds

The cowshed at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds
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A group of people are trying to reclaim the long-dormant Great Barrington Fairgrounds.

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New England News
5:14 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Independent Falchuk Is First Candidate In Mass. Governor's Race To Qualify for Nov. Ballot

Evan Falchuk
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Independent Evan Falchuk became the first gubernatorial candidate in Massachusetts to officially qualify for the November ballot Monday.

Falchuk and his running mate, Angus Jennings, submitted more than 10,000 certified signatures to the Secretary of State's office. Falchuk also launched his first television ad in Boston and Springfield and on his campaign website.

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