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3:07 pm
Fri August 7, 2009

Hospital and Union, More Legal Disputes

North Adams, Ma – A legal battle between Northern Berkshire Health Care and SEIU Local 1199 has dragged on for 8 months, and as our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports, the issues continue to surface

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WAMC New England News
10:41 am
Fri August 7, 2009

Catholic Parish Eyes Community Center Project

Pittsfield, MA – The Catholic church has been blighted by bad news over the last several years, from abuse charges, to bankruptcies to shrinking congregations. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on a Pittsfield parish that is experiencing growth, and raising money, enough money to build a new community center in the heart of downtown

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WAMC New England News
4:44 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Domestic Abuse in Berkshire County

Berkshire County – Domestic abuse cases in Berkshire County are on the rise this year, but the county's lead agency is suffering major cutbacks in funding. A local bank has launched a challenge grant program to help fight the problem. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report.

Related:

National Domestic Violence Hotline

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WAMC New England News
12:03 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Berkshire County ARC Awarded 500K for Disabled Employment Program

Berkshire County – The disabled population has historically had much higher levels of unemployment than the rest of society. The current recession hasn't helped that trend either. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on a 500 thousand dollar grant awarded to the Berkshire County ARC that will help disabled people get gainful employment.

Related:

Berkshire County ARC

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WAMC New England News
10:32 am
Wed August 5, 2009

Berkshire Botanical Turns 75

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Stockbridge, MA – The Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge has been serving the community with environmental education and outreach for 75 years. The non-profit gardening center will be holding its 75th birthday party this weekend. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz toured the grounds Tuesday afternoon

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WAMC New England News
2:53 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

Learning about Teaching

Williamstown, Ma – The Massachusetts Teachers Association is the largest educators union in the state with over 107 thousand members. This week the MTA is holding its annual teachers training conference at Williams College. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports

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WAMC New England News
12:56 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

Mass Sales Tax Goes Up

Massachusetts – IN ORDER TO HELP BALANCE THE STATE BUDGET, THE SALES TAX IN MASSACHUSETTS IS SET TO GO FROM TO 5 PERCENT TO 6.25 PERCENT ON AUGUST 1ST. LAW MAKERS HOPE THE INCREASE WILL BRING IN AN ADDITIONAL 600 MILLION DOLLARS OR MORE. OUR BERKSHRIE BUREAU CHIEF CHARLIE DEITZ REPORTS

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WAMC New England News
3:31 pm
Thu July 30, 2009

Mass House Pledges 40 Mil For Legal Immigrant Healthcare

Massachusetts – With healthcare financing hanging in the balance for 30 thousand legal immigrants in Massachusetts, the house approved a 40 million dollar funding proposal Wednesday evening. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story

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WAMC New England News
11:58 am
Thu July 30, 2009

Mid Summer Business in the Berkshires

Berkshire County – Halfway through the summer, many seasonal businesses in the Berkshires are performing well considering the tough economic situation combined with the excessive rain. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has this mid summer snapshot

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WAMC New England News
4:20 pm
Wed July 29, 2009

Searles Complex may get new life

Great Barrington, Ma – In Great Barrington, The Searles Bryant Complex has been sitting dormant for almost 5 years, costing the tax payers 50 thousand dollars a year just to keep it heated. Earlier this year a developer who had put a down payment on the property walked away from the project leaving the town to search for another developer. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that three proposals are in the works, and one comes from a local developer

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