New England News

WAMC New England News
12:01 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Massachusetts House Passes Ed Reform

Massachusetts – The Massachusetts House passed Governor Patrick's education reform package Wednesday in a marathon legislative session, the bill is aimed at closing the achievement gap in the state's public school system. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that even though the bill mostly focuses on urban schools, there was some language to help rural districts as well

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WAMC New England News
2:10 pm
Wed January 6, 2010

Pittsfield Hires a North Adams Institution

Pittsfield Mayor James Ruberto welcomes the city's newest employee, John Barrett

Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield's Mayor James Ruberto announced today that he's hiring recently ousted North Adams Mayor John Barrett to do some consulting work for the city. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there

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WAMC New England News
1:34 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

Pittsfield Officials Take Oath

Mayor James Ruberto (left) being sworn in by Judge Daniel Ford (right)

Pittsfield, MA – Today was the first day of business in the new year for elected officials in Pittsfield. Their first order was the inauguration of the mayor and city council. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there for the ceremony .

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WAMC New England News
1:04 pm
Thu December 31, 2009

Governor Patrick on Education and Re-election

Great Barrington, Ma – On this last day of 2009, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visited WAMC's Berkshire Bureau to discuss some of the highlights of the past year, and prospects for the year ahead. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz files this story that highlights the Governor's most recent actions concerning education, and the upcoming campaign season

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WAMC New England News
1:55 pm
Wed December 30, 2009

Berkshire Creatives Answer the Challenge

The multiple designs that could someday be used in household textile products

Berkshire County – Instead of bringing in high priced consultants from all over the country, a Pittsfield-based design firm reached out into the community for its next wave of design concepts. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz explains

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WAMC New England News
1:48 pm
Wed December 30, 2009

Governor Patrick Restores Transportation Money for Schools

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 ..

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WAMC New England News
11:58 am
Tue December 29, 2009

Patrick Not Sorry To See End Of 2009

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....

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WAMC New England News
4:43 pm
Mon December 28, 2009

Unemployment: Down in Mass, Up in Berkshires

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

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WAMC New England News
12:01 pm
Mon December 28, 2009

Three Parties, One Seat, The Senate Race in the Berkshires

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

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WAMC New England News
2:30 pm
Fri December 18, 2009

BookMobile Ends in Western Mass

The BookMobile makes its last stop in the Berkshires at Bushnell Sage Library in Sheffield

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

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