New England News

Burlington, VT – Following a spate of gun-related crimes in his city, Burlington, Vermont Mayor Bob Kiss commented that more handgun control might need to be considered. That immediately brought criticism from an NRA sponsored group, and is spurring discussion about the issue. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Williston, VT – Next week, Williston, Vermont voters will be asked to authorize the use of one-point-two million dollars for a new police station and fire hall. When voters go to the polls they will be able to walk up to place their votes, or stay in their car and drive in to two huge bays of an old firehouse. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Boston, Ma – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney introduced legislation today intended to force more non-custodial parents to contribute to the kids' health insurance. More now from WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff.

AMHERST, MA – Microsoft announced another grant today for its continuing high-tech collaboration with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Great Barrington, MA – The Massachusetts Democratic State Nominating Convention is scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Worcester. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has a report on delegate participation from Western Massachusetts;

Easthampton, ma – There will soon be a new luxury apartment community in Easthampton, Massachusetts aimed at gays and Lesbians who want a safe place to settle down. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff spoke with its founders.

Lenox, MA – More than a year of legal wrangling in a Federal Court over a proposal to build a large Catholic church parish center in the residential section of a Berkshire County town appears to be over. And as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, reports, construction on the parish center could begin as soon as tomorrow:

Plattsburgh, NY – Amendments were added to the Senate immigration bill before it passed on Thursday that would further modify impending passport requirements at the nation's borders. An earlier amendment called for delaying implementation, and the new proposals would add several reforms. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Amherst, MA – A University of Massachusetts researcher is cautioning parents about exposing infants and young toddlers to television. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Washington, DC – A staffer for a Massachusetts Congressman was caught in the midst of the commotion today as Capitol Hill went into lockdown following reports of gunfire in the Rayburn Office building. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has more.

Rutland, VT – Vermont Governor James Douglas signed a major health care reform bill today at a ceremony at the Rutland Regional Medical Center. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Amherst, MA – In a show of support for affordable housing in western Massachusetts, a private school for 3 to 12 year olds in Amherst, is offering a house for free. But there are conditions! WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff explains.

South Burlington, VT – Giant retailer Lowe's Home Centers and the Conservation Law Foundation have reached an agreement over their years-long litigation over stormwater runoff from a proposed home improvement center in South Burlington. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Medway, ma – Medway, Massachusetts is running out of money. Now voters in the town are considering shutting down the local library. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Washington, DC – An environmental group is threatening to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing the federal agency of failing to protect beach-goers from contaminated water. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has our report.

Springfield, Ma – The personal records of at least 26 million U.S. Veterans' have been compromised and that has Massachusetts veterans concerned. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has more.

Pittsfield, MA – While debate continues on whether Massachusetts and the rest of the Northeast Region is in the midst of a nursing shortage, it is clear there are far more would-be nursing students than there are programs of study for them. However, Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, spoke with partners in a new collaboration seeking to alter that;

Pittsfield, MA – Students from six Berkshire County middle schools are learning how to help make their schools "No Place for Hate" with the help of a Pittsfield-based cultural diversity organization.
Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, attended the day-long conference Monday morning;

Burlington, VT – The University of Vermont recently banned alcohol in its dorms, even for students over 21. A Burlington, Vermont city councillor considered putting forth a resolution tonight chastizing the University for not considering the effects on the city. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Boston, MA – A contentions health care bill is making its way to the floor of the Massachusetts House of Representatives tomorrow. The nurses' union wants limits on the number of hospital patients under an individual nurse's care at any one time. The hospitals say it's dangerous and arbitrary to define a nurse to patient ratio for all nurses.

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

Westfield, MA – Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts is getting a financial boost. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has more.

Boston, MA – It's already the law in New York state, and now Massachusetts police may soon be able to ticket drivers solely for not wearing a seat-belt. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Amherst, MA – At town meetings recently, six Massachusetts towns have passed resolutions voicing their opposition to genetically engineered crops. More now from WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff.

Williamstown, MA – Lindsay Payne, a Williams College student who competes in the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke events, has won seven individual NCAA Division III titles, broken three records in her division, and qualified for the Olympic trials twice. And as our Berkhsire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports, Payne's track record is even more extraordinary when you learn what she overcame to get there;

Springfield, ma – Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor and Republican candidate for governor Kerry Healey unveiled a major grant in Springfield today aimed at stemming gang activity in Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has our report.

Williamstown, MA – Williamstown, Massachusetts may offer excise tax relief to motorists driving fuel efficient vehicles. As WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports, town officials believe it is the first time such a program has been offered in the state;

NEWTON, MA – New England news outlets have, of course, been covering the historic flooding extensively. But the problem with flooding is that it makes it hard for the reporters to get there too. So one TV station has asked its viewers for help in telling the story. WAMC's Dan Bobkoff reports.

Dalton, MA – With fuel among the issues at the forefront of national discussion, a member of the Berkshire Delegation to the state House in Boston is among lawmakers interested in bringing alternative fuels to Massachusetts. Details from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;

Sunderland, ma – Two men are under arrest after allegedly killing hundreds of birds at
a fish hatchery in Sunderland, MA. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief
Dan Bobkoff has more.

Middlebury, VT – Vermont's Middlebury College has created a plan that will see the institution increase its student aid, hire more faculty and diversify its student body over the next decade. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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