North Adams, Ma – A middle-schooler in North Adams released mercury into the atmosphere at Conte School on Monday morning in an attempt to get out of school for the day. The school has been closed since and will most likely not reopen until next week. The event has sparked a region-wide investigation, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports
North Adams, Ma – Labor unions and the mayor's office are at a stalemate in North Adams over switching to a new health insurance provider. Union leaders want the city to adopt the Group Insurance Commission, or GIC, the same plan state employees are currently enrolled with. December first was the deadline for the mayor to sign on, but he refused. In response, union members showed up at the city hall to protest the mayor's reluctance. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports .
MA – The father of a Shelton developer has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in connection with an investigation into alleged government corruption. WAMC's Charlie Deitz has more. COPYRIGHT 2008 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Berkshires, Ma – The shopping season is upon us and people in the Berkshires want shoppers to buy local, hoping to avoid layoffs and boost the economy. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has a roundup of the local efforts
Becket, Ma – Jacob's Pillow, in Becket, Massachusetts, was once a stop on the underground railroad. In 1933, dance legend Ted Shawn founded a summer dance festival on the site. More than 75 years later, The Pillow has grown to achieve worldwide recognition for its performances and comprehensive archives of dance. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz toured the grounds
Great Barrington, Ma – Mark Potok is the Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, and editor of Intelligence Report Magazine. Potok specializes in exposing radical hate groups throughout the country and is often cited in major media publications. He spoke Tuesday night at the Hevreh of Southern Berkshire in Great Barrington. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz spoke one-on-one with Potok about the rise in activity among hate groups since the election of Barack Obama .
Pittsfield, Ma – In a traditional garbage dump, waste will sit in a landfill decomposing over time, this method uses up a lot of land, and releases massive amounts of methane gas into the atmosphere. In Northern Berkshire County, garbage is converted into usable energy. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports from Covanta Pittsfield .
PIttsfield, Ma – Two families will be moving into their new Pittsfield homes this week, thanks to the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity and a lot of "sweat" equity. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports
Stockbridge, Ma – The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge was honored with the National Humanities Medal last week. This is the first time the award has been awarded to a museum, the Humanities medal normally goes to individual scholars, writers or philanthropists. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports