The Department of Veterans Affairs says it is making progress in reducing the number of homeless veterans in the country. But the critical need was evident at an event Friday in Springfield Massachusetts. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Hundreds of veterans looking for help filed into a church social hall for an opportunity to speak with representatives from more than 60 agencies and programs, including health care providers, counseling services, and housing specialists. There were free meals and each could leave with a bag of clothes.
The Federal Centers For Disease Control has awarded a $2 million dollar grant for a wellness initiative in Springfield Massachusetts. WAMC”S Paul Tuthill reports
The money will fund several efforts designed to improve access to healthy food and physical activity. The Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club will expand its biking programs and rowing on the Connecticut River. Club president Jonathan Moss says they’ll partner with pediatricians who have patients that need to burn calories.
Vermont’s governor, state officials, the state’s Congressional delegation and the owners of the Jay Peak Ski Resort announced nearly 850-million dollars in economic development initiatives that will lead to at least five thousand jobs in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
Today in Pittsfield, a detailed analysis of the Berkshire County labor market was presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to highlight the changes, strengths, and challenges facing workers and employers in region. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…
New documents connected to the Massachusetts drug lab scandal show colleagues of the chemist at the center of it had been concerned for years that she was testing too many samples and doing questionable work.
But police reports obtained by The Associated Press show they either convinced themselves their concerns were invalid or told supervisors who didn't intervene to stop her.
The documents also show Annie Dookhan admitted to police in August that she faked test results, forged signatures and skipped proper procedures.