Massachusetts – The Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts says the state is neglecting its duty to provide affordable education to residents. The group claims that Massachusetts is among the lowest when it comes to spending on higher education. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports
Pittsfield, MA – Berkshire Medical Center has announced its second round of layoffs in three months, putting 65 more people out of work. State funding cuts and reduced revenues have been forcing hospitals around the region to make some hard choices. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz explores the issue .
Massachusetts – A piece of legislation in Massachusetts grants the government the power to respond to pandemics by issuing mandatory quarantines and vaccinations. The blogosphere is lighting up with one part of the bill that says people who refuse to comply could be subject of up to one thousand dollars per day. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz takes a look at the legislation
Massachusetts – When the Massachusetts Legislature presented their budget to Governor Patrick, they had eliminated 130 million dollars for healthcare for 30 thousand legal immigrants. The Governor then put 40 million back in to the budget for this population. Over the last month health officials have been scrambling to come up with a comprehensive health plan with a third of the funding. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports
Great Barrington, Ma – Club Helsinki in Great Barrington has been an institution in the region for 15 years. The music venue and caf will be closing its doors for good after tonight's performance. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the Helsinki name will go on in Columbia County
Montpelier, VT – Federal prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty for a Vermont man charged in the 2008 slaying of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett. WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
North Adams, Ma – One of the key initiatives in national health care reform is getting the entire medical community to utilize electronic medical records. Northern Berkshire Health Care is starting to emerge as a leader in this field, as a project that's been in the works for 2 years starts to show some positive results. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief was at the hospital when they were awarded by the Massachusetts E-Health Collaborative for their efforts to go digital