Western Massachusetts – After striking out the first time, Western Massachusetts submitted its second application for federal broadband dollars today. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that a growing movement wants to make sure high quality broadbadn gets delivered...
Massachusetts – Regional library systems in Massachusetts could soon be consolidated into one system, which has patrons and library employees in Western Massachusetts afraid that some of the most valued services will be cut. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that a grass roots movement in the region has already netted over 1000 supporters .
North Adams, Ma – The City of North Adams has been underfunding their health insurance trust for city employees for at least the last 2 years. Now the city has to come up with hundreds of thousands of dollars just to balance the rest of this year's budget, not to mention what the administration will owe next year. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports
Housatonic, MA – Residents of the small Berkshire village of Housatonic fought with town officials for months to make sure their community library would stay open. Recently a resident of the village submitted a petition to close the library once and for all, which forces residents to vote on the issue at the upcoming town meeting. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story
North Adams, Ma – Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams played host to some high profile figures in education and the media earlier this week. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the focus of the visit was to engage students on the issue of inequality in today's education system
Massachusetts – National health care legislation has providers and insurers in Massachusetts wondering what changes are in store for a state that's three years ahead of landmark reform. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the health care industry is still a few steps behind the politicians
Massachusetts – National health care reform duplicates a lot of the programs that Massachusetts already has in place since they went through their own health reform back in 2006. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that there are still some areas of improvement for the Commonwealth, and national reform helps to close the gap
Springfield, MA – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick talked about jobs and economic development at a series of events in Western Massachusetts Friday... Continued high unemployment in Massachusetts is threatening to open a budget gap in the state program that provides health insurance to low income residents....WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports...
Pittsfield, MA – The Berkshire STEM Pipeline is a countywide partnership to engage students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This week the pipeline got a feather in its cap when a local biotech firm decided to launch a summer training program at Berkshire Community College, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story
Massachusetts – As lawmakers in Massachusetts work to control health care costs, the issue has taken center stage in the gubernatorial contest. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the three major candidates are locking in their positions and taking aim