A company with the same founders as a specialty pharmacy tied to a deadly meningitis outbreak has agreed to extend its voluntary closure until Nov. 19.
Ameridose shut down for inspection Oct. 10 amid a growing outbreak linked to a tainted steroid made by the New England Compounding Center. Ameridose and NECC have the same founders, Barry Cadden and Greg Conigliaro, though Cadden has since resigned from Ameridose.
A large employer in Berkshire County has recently announced they are expanding and planning to bring more jobs to the area, with an agreement to purchase a stationery company based in Southern Maine. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and his administration have designated November as Family Literacy Month. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard brings us more details about what’s happening to help children and families become more engaged in reading in the Berkshires and across the Commonwealth.
The two candidates competing for a seat in the Massachusetts legislature’s 4th Berkshire District squared off in a debate Wednesday evening. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended the event and filed a report…
Last night, the Berkshire Beacon sponsored a debate between current 4th Berkshire District Representative democrat William “Smitty” Pignatelli and Green-Rainbow party challenger L. Scott Laugenour at the Lenox Town Library. The candidates discussed environmental policy, taxation, health care, education, and more.
The Governor of Massachusetts is seeking $30 million to cover the initial costs resulting from the testing scandal at a state drug lab.
The governor's top budget official, Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez, said an appropriations bill would be filed with the Legislature on Thursday requesting the money.
Gonzalez says he expects the $30 million to cover costs for at least the next several months for courts, prosecutors, public defenders and other agencies that are dealing with the fallout from the drug lab crisis.
A company with the same founders as the specialty pharmacy linked to deadly meningitis outbreak says it's recalling all its products.
In a statement Wednesday, Ameridose said the voluntary recall comes after FDA officials told the company it must improve its sterility testing. The Westborough company says it has no reports of problems with its products, or any impurities, but issued the recall "out of an abundance of caution."
The company did not say how many products it is recalling.
A coalition of community organizations in Berkshire County are joining together to create a united front against child abuse. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…
According to most recent statistics from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, over 77,000 reports of child abuse were reported annually in the Commonwealth. In those same statistics, Pittsfield, and North Adams were rated as communities with a higher occurrence of abuse.
Hurricane Sandy lashed out in Massachusetts and Southern Vermont causing tens of thousands to lose power, with many still waiting for their electricity to come back on. But less severe weather today is enabling crews to continue their work. WAMC”s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…
In Western Massachusetts, Hurricane Sandy caused wide-spread power outages, mostly as a result of high winds. In some of the hilltowns and in the Berkshires wind gusts exceeded 60 miles per hour. Some communities are still mostly without power.