Pittsfield, MA – The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation hasn't had any luck trying to convince a private dam owner in Pittsfield to repair the hazardous structure. They now look to the state's Attorney General to get some legal muscle in the case. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the attorney general's office has filed a successful injunction against the owner
Massachusetts – Lawmakers in the Massachusetts House are getting ready to take up a debate on expanded gaming that could last the whole week. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that Massachusetts isn't the only state looking at gambling as a way to fix its financial woes
Northampton, MA – Almost thirty years ago, a lawyer from Northampton Massachusetts wrote a proposed state law to tax and regulate marijuana. It went no where in the Massachusetts Legislature. But now, 66 year old Dick Evans is trying again. He believes the climate in the state is more receptive to his idea given the voter approval two years ago to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.. WAMC"s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Evans...
Great Barrington, Ma – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick made a campaign stop in Great Barrington Sunday morning, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that Patrick also took time to answer questions from the public and the press regarding library funding, health care and education spending
Pittsfield, MA – The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families reports that over 40 thousand children were confirmed as abused or neglected in 2008, enough kids to fill Fenway Park, and double the national average. Officials and prevention specialists held a demonstration on the steps of Pittsfield City Hall this morning to draw attention to the issue, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there...
Pittsfield, MA – Even though health care reform has already passed in Washington DC, Massachusetts Congressman John Olver was in Pittsfield today pitching the benefits to a group of senior citizens. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there
Stockbridge, MA – This weekend, Catholics from all over the country will gather in the small Berkshire town of Stockbridge for the annual Shrine of the Divine Mercy Celebration. The event has been noted as one of the largest Catholic gatherings outside of Rome. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the preview
Massachusetts – The latest unemployment numbers show Berkshire County and the State of Massachusetts are slowly creating jobs, but they still remain above the national unemployment rate. Our Berkshire bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that thousands of people in the Commonwealth are running out of unemployment benefits while lawmakers on Capitol Hill lock horns on extending coverage
Massachusetts – As the Massachusetts house gets ready to unveil its 2011 budget, people from all over the state are wondering how next year's budget will affect their lives. A non-profit think tank is launching a tool this week that they hope will help citizens to understand exactly how the state spends its money. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on the Massachusetts Budget Browser
North Adams, Ma – The Super Walmart project in North Adams is on ice until the developers bring the site up to environmental code. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that one contractor has been accused of dumping asbestos into the neighboring wetlands