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
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
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 .
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 .
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 .
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
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
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
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
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