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WAMC New England News
12:33 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

Pittsfield Mayoral Candidates Square Off

Pittsfield, MA – With less than 3 weeks left until election day, the Pittsfield Mayoral candidates squared off Thursday in a public debate. The two contenders went for 90 minutes over jobs, crime, community development and education. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there

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WAMC New England News
10:53 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Governor Patrick pushed STEM Programs

Lt. Governor Murray, MCLA President Mary Grant and students
MCLA

North Adams, Ma – This week, Governor Deval Patrick signed into order the Science, Technology Engineering and Math, or STEM Advisory Council. Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray will chair this council, and his first piece of business is to travel the state to find out about successful STEM programs. He spent Thursday afternoon at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts hearing about their programs, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there

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WAMC New England News
10:49 am
Thu October 15, 2009

Wind Energy Might Not Need Federal Investment

Berkshire County – Lenox, Massachusetts is the next town in the region taking a hard look at using wind power to reduce their carbon footprint, and their utility bills. But they need state and federal assistance to move forward. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that a new study out of Northeastern University says wind power can be viable without any big government assistance

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WAMC New England News
9:45 am
Thu October 15, 2009

North Adams Final Mayoral Debate

Dick Alcombright (right) and Mayor Barrett (left)
iBerkshires

North Adams, Ma – The North Adams mayoral race is turning out to be one of the closest races in over a decade. Massachusetts' longest serving mayor is challenged by a long time city councilor, and the voters are divided. The two candidates debated last night at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was invited to be one of the panelists for the debate, he files this report

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WAMC New England News
3:41 pm
Wed October 14, 2009

Pittsfield Gets Another Stimulus Shot

Pittsfield Stimulus Money Breakdown

Pittsfield, MA – The city of Pittsfield has already received over 9 million dollars in stimulus funding for road projects, and another 16 million dollars is on its way. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on the city's current and future plans for that money

Massachusetts Blog On Transportation Money

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WAMC New England News
11:33 am
Wed October 14, 2009

Shakespeare and Company Faces Financial Uncertainty

Lenox, Ma – Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts has been running on a deficit for at least the last 5 years. Leadership at Shakespeare says the recession has finally brought their bad bookkeeping to light, and they now have to grapple with a 10 million dollar debt. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz says the company has a new plan to become financially viable again

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WAMC New England News
8:42 am
Tue October 13, 2009

Employee Wellness Plan Gets High Marks

Berkshire County – An award-winning employee wellness program at Berkshire Health Systems has helped to increase health, and worker productivity over the last 3 years. Now some of the major employers in the region are starting to follow suit by investing in similar wellness programs. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report

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WAMC New England News
3:41 pm
Mon October 5, 2009

Massachusetts Wants Higher Furnace Standards

Massachusetts – Massachusetts might become the first state to require home energy appliances to exceed federal guidelines. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the Commonwealth recently asked the federal government for permission to mandate more efficient gas furnaces

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WAMC New England News
2:38 pm
Fri October 2, 2009

Raising Berkshire Education Aspirations

North Adams, Ma – A comprehensive survey of Berkshire County students found that they have lower educational aspirations than their national counterparts. In order to combat this, the Berkshire Compact for Higher Education hosted a teachers training conference at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there

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WAMC New England News
11:40 am
Thu October 1, 2009

FODfest's 5th Year

FODfest
FODfest

Sheffield, MA – Daniel Pearl was a Wall Street Journal reporter who was slain in Pakistan by the Al Qaeda in 2002. Since that time, documentaries, foundations and scholarships have been created to promote his legacy of peace and understanding. One Berkshire based group commemorates Daniel Pearl by hosting a month-long traveling music festival, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on the fod-fest

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