New England News

Manchester, VT – The company planning a wind farm for Little Equinox Mountain in Manchester, Vermont has been fined and sharply criticized by the regulators. The Vermont Public Service Board has accused Endless Energy, based in Yarmouth, Maine, of disregarding Vermont's regulatory system. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

springfield, ma – New England gained jobs slower than any other region in the country at the end of last year. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the details.

North Adams, MA – Massachusetts's senior senator is slated to speak at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts commencement ceremony next month in North Adams. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the details;

BOSTON, MA – In the wake of recent failures of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services,a legislative committee has introduced a bill to significantly reform the agency. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

Adams, MA – The state of Massachusetts is expected to decide withiin 45 days whether to accept the latest development plan for the base of Mount Greylock proposed by the town of Adams. The state's highest peak and a leading Berkshire tourist attraction has seen many development proposals come and go over the past few decades. This one is also arousing opposition, as our Berkshire Bureau Chief Carrie Saldo reports:

Williston, VT – The Williston Vermont School Board has decided to reschedule a controversial presentation on harassment and bullying. The session, to be presented by a gay advocacy group, was initially cancelled when some parents voiced their opposition. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Burlington, VT – Vermont's largest city has a new mayor. Progressive Bob Kiss has been sworn as the 35th mayor in Burlington's history. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke to the first new mayor to sit in Burlington's City Hall in 15 years.

BOston, ma – The Massachusetts Legislature is voting today on a landmark health care reform bill that could provide insurance coverage for nearly all citizens in the state.

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

WASHINGTON, DC – Western Massachusetts is facing the likely loss of some of its representation in Congress. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the details.

Great Barrington, MA – April is alcohol awareness month and as a result there is a nation wide effort to examine underage drinking. And throughout the Northeast region, public discussions are being held to assess and address the problem locally. With more, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;

Great Barrington, MA – Berkshire County's second highest peak, and the trails leading to it were closed Friday to hikers after a wildfire blazed through the night and into the early morning. And, as Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports, fire departments throughout the Northeast region are hoping for rain soon.

springfield, ma – A judge in Massachusetts has ordered the city of Springfield to give teachers nearly $3 million in back pay.

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

Great Barrington, MA – Public radio listeners will be able to put a face with at least two well-known voices at the first annual Berkshire International Film Festival in May. The festival will host the New England premiere of a Prairie Home Companion. With more, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;

Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield, Massachusetts is joining the ranks of several other Berkshire County communities with its decision to draft a Master Plan to help shape the city in the midst of a revitalization. Details from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;

St. Albans, VT – At least one Vermont newspaper has taken initial steps to cancel its membership with the Associated Press. The publisher of the St. Albans Messenger says the national and international news organization has been too tight-lipped over the termination of its highly respected Vermont Bureau Chief, and questions whether he, or his readers, can trust the AP any longer. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

amherst, ma – The University of Massachusetts Amherst is celebrating the release of the school's graduate, Jill Carroll from captors in Iraq.

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

Great Barrington, MA – The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled out-of-state gay couples can't marry there if their home state has outlawed gay marriage. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports on the reaction:

Holyoke, ma – The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education convened a task force in Boston on Wednesday to study why the state's community colleges graduate fewer students than other states. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Great Barrington, MA – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court has ruled that same-sex couples from other states cannot marry in that state. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has a report on the ruling and the reaction:

Pittsfield, MA – A defense attorney has emerged as a challenger in the Berkshire County District Attorney's race. Judith Knight objects to what she calls DA David Capeless' "inflexible" stance on drug prosecution. Details from Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Springfield, Massachusetts is applying for state grants to help fight gangs in the city. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

Montpelier, VT – The East Haven Windfarm proposed for Vermont's Northeast Kingdom will have to rely on two members of the Public Service Board to determine if it will be approved. That's because the chair of the 3-member board has withdrawn from further deliberations in the matter. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Florida, MA – A proposal being considered by two Western Massachusetts communities would eliminate the need for tri-annual tax revenue negotiations on a 20 turbine wind project. Details from our Berkshire Bureau chief Carrie Saldo;

Pittsfield, MA – Three Berkshire County institutions have received the largest gifts in their recent history, all from the bequest of one woman. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has the story;

Vernon, VT – The Vermont Yankee Nuclear plant increased its power by five percent earlier this month. An analysis has been forwarded to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to determine whether the plant can continue a planned incremental increase totaling twenty percent.
WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

BOSTON, mA – Motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of teenagers. In the wake of a number of recent deadly crashes involving teens, Massachusetts is considering a bill that would give the state the toughest licensing laws in the country.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief has the details.

Great Barrington, MA – Massachusetts State Senator Andrea Nuciforo is preparing for yet another election. But this time he's seeking voter approval to run the Middle Berkshire Registry of Deeds. WAMC Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo spoke with Nuciforo about the reasons for his surprise decision first revealed a week ago.

BOSTON, MA – Researchers in Massachusetts report that New Englanders have significantly higher rates of asthma than those in other areas of the country. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief has the details.

Burlington, VT – The fallout continues from last week's firing by the Associated Press of its veteran and well-respected Vermont Bureau Chief. News organizations, and even the state's top political figures, are demanding an explanation. One which the AP says will not be forth coming because it's a personnel issue. Our North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.

CAMBRIDGE, MA – There's growing concern among critics of standardized testing about the integrity of SAT college entrance exam scores. Last week, The College Board revealed that it initially understated how many students were affected by scoring errors on its October 2005 SAT exam. The testing agency now says 4,411 students received incorrectly low scores. All this comes at the critical college admissions decision season.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

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