Massachusetts – Burkina Faso (bur-kee-na fah-so) is a landlocked country in West Africa that struggles with rampant poverty and disease. According to the CIA World Fact Book, the unemployment rate is more than 70 percent and the nation's economy is mainly subsidized by international aid. In recent years, a couple from the Berkshires started the BARKA Foundation to help those in Burkina. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports
Pittsfield, MA – The Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield has just 2 months left before its grand opening. Developers at the downtown property gave a private tour of the building after they announced the project will come in a month ahead of schedule. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there
Pittsfield, MA – The opening season for Pittsfield's new professional baseball team was a strike. The American Defenders franchise ended up owing the city more than 30 thousand dollars in delinquent payments. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report
Williamstown, Ma – The cities of Williamstown and Bennington are kicking off an event that hopes to promote literacy and local business. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on "Books Across Borders"
Massachusetts – The state of Massachusetts will be providing grant money to over 100 towns in order to help them become certified as "Green Communities". Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report
North Adams, Ma – Eight years ago, the Goodrich family lost their son Peter on Flight 175, which hit the second tower. The Berkshire family has since taken to advocating for victims' rights and working to help the citizens of Afghanistan. Their journey has even led them to build a school for girls in one of Afghanistan's most dangerous provinces. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on the Goodrich's, eight years later .
Boston – Before attending President Obama's address to congress last night (Wednesday), Senator John Kerry was in Boston to testify in favor of an interim appointment to fill the vacant Massachusetts Senate seat. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the review
Massachusetts – Public school districts through out Massachusetts were hit hard by cuts at the state level. Many of those cuts were softened by federal stimulus money which is set to run out after 2011. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz takes a look at the state's new funding structure, and what it could mean for the future of public schools
North Adams, Ma – Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts houses a student run program that focuses on volunteerism, community engagement and academic success. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on the LEAD academy now in its 5th year