A federal court ruling clears the way for the city of Springfield Massachusetts to implement a foreclosure ordinance. Housing rights advocates predict the local law will become a model for other cities and states struggling with the blight caused by foreclosed vacant property. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Authorities say a Sudbury, Massachusetts man has died after being struck by a tree while walking back to his car following a James Taylor concert at Tanglewood. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…
The Berkshire district attorney's office announced Thursday that 61-year-old Lester Holtzblatt was struck by a 20-feet section of a dead tree while walking with his wife along a Lenox road at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
He was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The death is under investigation but is considered an accident.
The city of Springfield Massachusetts is expected to soon implement a foreclosure ordinance now that a federal court has rejected a challenge by the Massachusetts Bankers Association. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.
A mosquito infected with West Nile Virus was recently found in Pittsfield. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau chief Lucas Willard spoke with regional health officials to get more information on the disease in the region.
The mosquito carrying West Nile virus was obtained in Pittsfield by the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project and was confirmed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders says there’s something wrong at the gas pumps in Vermont’s most populated area of the state. He wants the federal government to investigate why people in the Burlington area are paying much more for gas than other areas of the state.
Supermarkets and grocery stores in Massachusetts starting next year will no longer be required to put a price sticker on every item on their shelves. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.
The law signed by Governor Deval Patrick permits food stores to stop affixing prices to individual items if they install self serve price check scanners in their stores.. Edgar Dworsky, a consumer advocate who wrote the state’s item priceing law 25 years ago, says the change is a blow to consumer rights. He says aisle scanners have proven to be very unreliable.