Massachusetts – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has decided to reinstate 18 million dollars to regional school transportation budgets. The governor acknowledged that his proposed mid year cuts were devastating to regional school programs, and would have put many teachers out of work. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports ..
Springfield, MA – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick sat down for a series of year end interviews with reporters in Springfield Massachusetts.. It touched on a wide range of topics from the local impact of state budget cuts to Patrick's re-election prospects in 2010... WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports....
Berkshire County – The Massachusetts unemployment rate went down for the second month in a row, in contrast to the national average. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that Berkshire County unemployment actually increased in the latest report, and the state trust fund is almost empty
Berkshire County – In 3 weeks, Massachusetts voters will decide who will fill the late Senator Kennedy's seat in the nation's capitol. With low voter turnout being predicted, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on how the political parties are trying to gain the advantage when Berkshire voters go to the polls
Sheffield, MA – The Bookmoblie is a 75 year old tradition in Western Massachusetts, serving 59 public libraries through out the region. That service is coming to an end this month because of drastic funding cuts from the state. Friday, the book mobile made its last stop in Berkshire County, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the end of this institution could just be the tip of the iceberg for regional libraries in the Commonwealth
Berkshire County – With banks still keeping a tight rein on credit lending, 6 Berkshire companies had to look to a state-financed firm to get needed capital. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that over 200 jobs were saved, or created, as a result
Berkshire County – Massachusetts's Governor Deval Patrick visited 2 schools in northern Berkshire County Thursday. The governor is promoting his education reform package that now hangs in the balance in the house. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report
Copenhagen – As world leaders try to hammer out the future of climate change in Copenhagen, thousands of non-politicians are in the city to learn about climate change and what individuals can do to make a difference in their own communities. One such person is a Berkshire environmentalist named Susan Olshuff, she spoke with our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz from Copenhagen. They begin their conversation by discussing what the scene was like when she arrived this past weekend
Adams, MA – The Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter School hosted the Massachusetts Cultural Council to their campus Wednesday to demonstrate how arts programming has been successful in overall academic performance. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there
Stephentown, NY – Fidel Moreno is a Stephentown, New York resident who spends his time using the Native American healing arts to treat victims of trauma. Recently, Moreno has focused his work on healing veterans of foreign war, using ancient techniques to help these people reintegrate into modern society. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has spent time over the last 4 months with Moreno and his healing community