New England News

Boston, ma – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney yesterday announced a contract to bring more abstinence education to the state's public schools. As you might expect, it's not without some controversy. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has more.

Boston, MA – Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick is calling for unity among fellow candidates for governor. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the story;

Montpelier, VT – Vermont legislators are considering imposing a delay in the agriculture agency's proposed rule mandating that all places in the state that have livestock be listed on a state registry. The state's Agriculture Secretary says a delay could leave the state vulnerable to an outbreak of avian influenza or other animal disease. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Pittsfield, MA – The Colonial Theatre is set to host not only theater but dance and a wide array of musical talent, including the Berkshires own Arlo Guthrie and country music star Lee Greenwood during its premier season. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has details of the performance plans for this Pittsfield, Massachusetts landmark.

Adams, MA – The town of Adams, Massachusetts has earned the state's approval to proceed with a $44 million project for development of the state's highest peak. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo

Northampton, ma – Triple-A says gas prices hit the highest prices ever this week-except for the week after Hurricane Katrina. So, are the high costs changing any habits? WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff went to find out.

Pittsfield, MA – There has been some more movement in the race for Berkshire County's lone senate seat. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the details;

boston, ma – Time is running out on Massachusetts' legislative session, and lawmakers on Beacon Hill are now tackling the hundreds of bills held up by the health care bill. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the details.

Montpelier, VT – A survey indicates that more than 80-percent of Vermont teachers feel that the federal No Child Left Behind law has had a negative impact on education. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

AMHERST, ma – Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan was at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst last night . WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the details.

Burlington, VT – Both the Vermont and New York Health Departments are urging physicians and other health care providers to be on alert for mumps. The notices come as an outbreak of the disease is occurring in the Midwest. That outbreak began in Iowa several months ago and has been slowly spreading to other states. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Northampton, ma – A little publicity can go a long way. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story of a website that got its start in Northampton and just got its big break.

Pittsfield, MA – A Pittsfield, Massachusetts woman is seeking volunteers to help her stitch together her dream of providing quality handmade clothing and toys to children in need. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has Josefa Perez's story

springfield, ma – Western New England College in Springfield is stepping up security patrols after a series of assaults last night. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

Springfield, MA – Mayor Charles Ryan of Springfield has taken the unusual step of personally urging the commission to reject two liquor licenses to try and get public safety under control. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has more.

Burlington, VT – A new technology is being studied by the University of Vermont, a utility and an emerging technology company in hopes of reducing phosphorous runoff into Lake Champlain. The new technology, which uses an electrical charge on manure before it's used as fertilizer, is so far, also eliminating an ancient farm problem - manure smell. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more...

Pittsfield, MA – Monday the anti-defamation league released its annual audit of anti-semitic incidents nationwide. Included in the report were four that transpired in the Berkshires. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has the details of the report as well as how some have responded to the incidents;

amherst, ma – Politicians and farm advocates are trying to get more locally-produced food into the dining halls of Western Massachusetts institutions.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has a report.

Burlington, VT – The Vermont Housing Finance Agency has raised its mortgage loan eligibility limits for both income and house prices. But while that means more Vermonters will be able to obtain low interest loans, there is still a shortage of affordable homes available to buy. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Montpelier, VT – A strategic planning summit was held Thursday in Montpelier to initiate a plan of public education and awareness regarding sexual violence. Vermont Governor Jim Douglas has endorsed the statewide initiative. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Williamstown, MA – One Berkshire County town is mounting what it hopes will become a community-wide effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has the details;

amherst, ma – Next week, tents will spring up on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff tells us why.

Montpelier, VT – A Vermont House committee has killed a resolution that would have authorized a study and public hearings on how the role of the Vermont National Guard within the state has been affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

North Adams, MA – A The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams, Massachusetts is opening its dialogue about poverty to the public and WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has a look at what is being done in that region to help people in need;

BOSTON, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney today signed into law the landmark health care bill that will guarantee health insurance to nearly all of the state's residents-but not before vetoing some of its key provisions. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

Montpelier, vt – The sheriff of Windham County, Vermont is being investigated for allegedly spending thousands of dollars of public funds for personal matters. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has that story.

Pittsfield, MA – The state of Massachusetts has now agreed to set up PCB testing for a Pittsfield, Massachusetts Elementary school community. The tests are expected to be available in the coming week. Details from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo

Pittsfield, MA – One of the presumed front-runners in the Berkshire County senate race has withdrawn his name from consideration. Carrie Saldo, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, has the details;

Montpelier, VT – A joint hearing by the Vermont House and Senate Agriculture Committees will be held tonight to discuss the idea of identifying farm and animal locations in Vermont. There is concern, and some confusion, over what type of identification system farmers will have to deal with and whether it will lead to additional costs. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Boston, ma – Deval Patrick is the first candidate for governor in Massachusetts to buy campaign advertising-and it's not on TV or print. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff explains.

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