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
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
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 .
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
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
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