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Cybersecurity is a growing educational and professional field as well as an increasing concern for governments, companies and individuals who store or disclose sensitive information online. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting a talk at Berkshire Community College Saturday focused on how people can protect their information online. The speaker is Dr. Larry Snyder, the director of Bay Path University’s cybersecurity program in Springfield. Snyder has nearly three decades of experience in law enforcement, fraud and auditing with the U.S. Army and a variety of industries. Snyder spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis about cybersecurity and online threats.

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Berkshire Children & Families recently celebrated the opening of new family resource center in Pittsfield.

The state of Indiana is suggesting three major Connecticut employers that openly criticized planned tax increases consider moving to the Hoosier State. On Wednesday, Indiana ran a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal that reaches out to General Electric, Aetna and the Travelers Companies.

A two-year freeze on tuition and fees at the University of Massachusetts won’t be extended next year.  But exactly how much student costs will be going up is still to be determined.

A University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees committee, meeting in Boston Wednesday, recommended raising the tuition and mandatory curriculum fee by up to 5 percent.  The size of the increase will be determined by the amount of funding UMass receives in the state budget, according to UMass spokesman Robert Connolly.

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In the latest chapter in a saga that has divided residents, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has determined the 2014 firing of a Berkshire County police chief was retaliatory and based on her gender.

The chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission confirms he is under investigation by state ethics officials.

Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby told the Boston Globe he is cooperating with the investigation and has done nothing wrong.

The newspaper said the state ethics commission received a sworn statement alleging Crosby participated in the process to award a casino license in the greater Boston area despite publicly recusing himself because of personal ties with a casino landowner.

An Adams, Massachusetts boy was killed after being hit by a motor vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

The highest court in Massachusetts has rejected an appeal by a former Springfield police officer convicted of beating a suspect with a flashlight.

The State Supreme Judicial Court in a decision issued Tuesday said errors by the trial judge were not serious enough to overturn the 2010 conviction of Jeffrey Asher.

Nurse and patient advocates in Massachusetts are using an unorthodox method to drum up support for legislation calling for more transparency into hospital profits and setting limits on CEO salaries. Supporters are heading to Boston for a legislative committee hearing on the bill.

A debate over making substantial changes to the criminal justice system in Massachusetts began in earnest today as advocates for reform traveled to the statehouse to lobby legislators.

Busloads of activists from Springfield, Holyoke, Worcester and elsewhere traveled to the Statehouse in Boston Tuesday to rally and attend a legislative hearing in support of a bill to overhaul aspects of the state’s approach to crime.