New England News

Washington – Massachusetts Democratic Congressman John Olver has joined a group of 26 House Democrats calling for a possible impeachment inquiry to see if there are grounds to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush. The group wants to investigate whether Bush manipulated pre-Iraq war intelligence regarding Saddam Hussein's possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo spoke with Olver this morning;

Stamford, VT – The longest serving principal in Vermont's Windham Southwest Supervisory Union, and one of the longest serving principals in the state, died earlier this month.
Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports on the legacy Leo Ethier left for Stamford, Vermont:

NORTHAMPTON, MA – New England Watershed magazine is a new arrival to the region. The bi-monthly publication seeks to serve ideas and images to northeastern readers, and plans to stay rooted in the landscape of the Connecticut River Valley where the magazine is based.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff spoke with the magazine's founder.

Burlington, VT – The Burlington City Council will vote tonight on a counter resolution to a resolution that will appear on the Town Meeting Day Ballot. Those who crafted the anti-war measure believe the city is ceding to pressure from the military, while the city says says it is acknowledging the economic importance of an Air Guard base. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

BOSTON, MA – It's illegal to use a handheld cellphone while driving in New York and Connecticut. Will Massachusetts be next?

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Montpelier, VT – A new report from the Vermont Housing Finance Agency paints a dismal picture of home accessibility for the average Vermonter. Housing costs continued to climb in the state last year, but fewer Vermonters can afford the increase. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Montpelier, VT – Vermont is one of the first states to move forward to implement initiatives included in an agreement between the northeast states to combat global warming. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Burlington, VT – The University of Vermont's Fleming Museum has on display a celebrated print series by Francisco Goya. The 80 black and white prints are considered masterpieces of art and commentary. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with the Museum's curator about the exhibit.

Great Barrington, MA – In anticipation of a one-third decrease in the number of priests it employs the Catholic Diocese of Springfield - which serves Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden counties - is commissioning a study of its parishes.
WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo spoke with Father John Bonzagni about the diocese's plans for increasing its efficiency.

Boston, MA – A bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana is making its way though the Massachusetts state house.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

Pittsfield, MA – The Barrington Stage Company will soon be settling into its new home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts where it will host a number of full-scale musicals and plays.
But the company is also known for staging lesser-known productions and works-in-progress on its Stage II, which was without a home until very recently.

Boston, MA – A Massachusetts regulatory board has required Wal-Mart to stock the Morning After Pill in its stores in the state. Details from our Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Dan Bobkoff:

Pittsfield, MA – A citizen's group that had opposed changes to a Pittsfield, Massachusetts bylaw, which would have allowed timeshares in a residential area, has won its battle. But as our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, reports that doesn't mean timeshares are all together our of the question.

Montpelier, VT – Vermont's exports in 2005 were up nearly a billion dollars, a 29 percent increase over the previous year. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

AMHERST, MA – Applications are up, but acceptances are down at UMASS Amherst for Fall of 2006. But wasn't the school supposed to be getting bigger?

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Bellows Falls, VT – Village trustees in Bellows Falls, Vermont have dropped plans to install a village-wide, closed circuit, security camera system. At a meeting Tuesday night, the trustees opted instead to use the federal grant earmarked for the camera system to purchase a digital radio system. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Burlington, VT – The University of Vermont has set a new record. College officials say applications have increased more than 36 percent over last year, with over 17-thousand-600 people applying to the school. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with the President of the college.

Williamstown, MA – Williams College is moving into high gear with its a $123 million campus renovation project. The project is the latest in a series of college-related construction projects over the past five years.

AMHERST, MA – The Darfur region of Sudan has been beset by violence since February 2003 as non-Arab rebels have fought government forces backed by militias. The UN estimates at least 180,000 people have died and at least 2 million people have been displaced in the crisis. Now, led by a student group, Amherst College has publicly divested its holdings in companies it says are aiding the government's military campaign-and it's pushing the state government and fund managers to do the same.

Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield, Massachusetts is returning to an event from its past as a way to celebrate the city's increasing ethnic diversity. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo spoke with Pittsfield's Director of Cultural Development, Meghan Whilden;

Londonderry, VT – Nineteen proposed windmills on Vermont's Glebe Mountain in Londonderry would generate 47-and-a-half megawatts of electricity. One of the questions that local residents have asked is who will get the power and therefore benefit from its operation? The developer says there is a Vermont buyer for the power, and that means the energy will stay in the state, to be used by Vermonters. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Union leaders in Springfield, Massachusetts are criticizing the city for hiring dozens of new staff while existing workers have had a pay freeze for years.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

Great Barrington, MA – Among the great debates in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in recent years has been how to acknowledge it as the birth place of civil rights leader and founder of the N.A.A.C.P., W.E.B. DuBois. That debate was laid to rest this weekend.

Great Barrington, MA – Food pantries in Massachusetts could lose 38 million dollars under President Bush's proposed fiscal 2007 budget. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo spoke with Berkshire Community Action Council Director Don Atwater about the potential ramifications for the county;

AMHERST, MA – University of Massachusetts student fees have gone up every year since 2001, and now the UMASS system wants to raise them again. Students, as expected, are not pleased.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Pittsfield, MA – Excavation work unrelated to the cleanup of GE PCBs from the Housatonic River in Pittsfield unearthed a previously undiscovered General Electric PCB dump site. Some clean-up work was conducted then and now, Massachusetts state and federal agencies are set to oversee a second clean-up round at the site.

Montpelier, VT – Vermont's Attorney General has filed suit against International Paper and the state of New York over I-P's plan to conduct a test burn of tire-derived fuel at its Ticonderoga paper mill. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

SPRINGFIELD, MA – In recent years, Springfield has been perhaps known more for crime than anything else. Now the city is trying to turn things around with the appointment of the city's first police commissioner. But many in the police department oppose the selection of Edward Flynn.

As WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports, the new top cop has his work cut out for him.

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