New England News

WAMC New England News
2:34 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

Report says Tax Credits Up, but Little Transparency

Massachusetts – A new report from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center finds that economic development tax credits in the Commonwealth have grown in the last 8 years, while investments in public higher education and workforce training have decreased. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story

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WAMC New England News
12:51 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

Historic Home Faces Uncertainty in Great Barrington

The writing cabin used by James Weldon Johnson
Will Brinker, Apple Hill realty

Great Barrington, Ma – The real estate slump has served as a mixed blessing for some historians and civil rights advocates in Great Barrington. A property that once belonged to civil rights pioneer James Weldon Johnson now sits on the market, the fact that nobody's made an offer means that the property remains preserved, but advocates are having a hard time finding a buyer to maintain the legacy. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story


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WAMC New England News
3:37 pm
Fri December 4, 2009

North Adams Hospital Union vs. Management

North Adams, Ma – North Adams Regional Hospital union representatives and management are still at a stalemate over contract negotiations, with just a week left before a strike. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the updated report .

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WAMC New England News
9:26 am
Fri December 4, 2009

Author Interview, Amy Bass on Dubois, the Cold War and Racism in Great Barrington

Those About Him Remained Silent by Amy Bass University of Minnesota Press

Great Barrington, Ma – W.E.B. Dubois was a civil rights pioneer and a Great Barrington native. A new book by Amy Bass titled "Those About Him Remained Silent" explores the late 60's movement to commemorate him in his hometown. She says the small Berkshire town was at the center of a worldwide conversation about racism and the Cold War. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz spoke with Bass about her book and why she felt it was so important to bring this matter to light .

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WAMC New England News
4:18 pm
Thu December 3, 2009

2009 Outpacing 2008 for Emergency Food Needs

Western Massachusetts – 2008 was an especially difficult year for food pantries and soup kitchens through out our listening area. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that this upcoming winter season will be even more difficult for providers in Western Massachusetts .

A list of emergency food resources in Berkshire County

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WAMC New England News
11:53 am
Thu December 3, 2009

Zebra Mussels Found In Housatonic River

Adult Zebra Mussel
BioDrawVersity and Mass Dept of Conservation and Recreation

Lee, Ma – A new report released this week finds that zebra mussels have moved into the Housatonic River. This is following an infestation of a popular lake in Lee, Massachusetts. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that 10 lakes in the Berkshires are at high risk for infestation, and local advocates want the state to act fast

Zebra Mussel Phase 1 Assessment

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WAMC New England News
3:37 pm
Wed December 2, 2009

Berkshire Medical and 5 Others Sue State

Massachusetts – Holyoke and Berkshire Medical Centers, along with 4 other community hospitals in Massachusetts, have filed a lawsuit against the state for underfunding their Medicare and Medicaid programs. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report

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WAMC New England News
11:38 am
Wed December 2, 2009

South Berkshire Youth Drug Use Up, Community Wants Change

SBYC Executive Director Kathleen Jackson talks about drug use stats

Great Barrington, Ma – The South Berkshire Youth Coalition is making efforts to mobilize a community wide task force to combat the rising abuse of drugs and alcohol among teens in southern Berkshire County. The coalition hosted its final drug forum of the year Tuesday, and our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that over 100 community members showed up to get involved

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WAMC New England News
3:00 pm
Mon November 30, 2009

Teen Pregnancy Up In Berkshire County

Berkshire County – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says Berkshire County teenage girls are 23 percent more likely to become teen parents than their counterparts across the state. This is in contrast to the state reducing its teen parent rate by about 20 percent in the last decade. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports


Berkshire United Way

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WAMC New England News
11:50 am
Mon November 30, 2009

BioFuel Plant Possible in Lenox

Lenox, Ma – A New York City based bio-fuels firm is looking to set up a 30 million dollar biodiesel plant in two abandoned mills in Lenox, Massachusetts. The group hopes to have operations up and running by the fall of 2010. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports

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