New England News

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12:26 pm
Wed July 22, 2009

Theater's Impact on Berkshires

Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge
Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge

Berkshire County – The summer theater season is in full swing in the Berkshires. Though all of the major play houses are at full tilt, they're still trying to make up for a slow start to the year. In the first of a three part series on the Berkshire theater season, Charlie Deitz reports on how the local theaters serve as economic engines for their home towns, but their surrounding communities and businesses as well.

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WAMC New England News
5:04 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Pittsfield Schools Dropout Rate and Budget Down

Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield Public Schools have managed to cut their dropout rate almost in half, that's according to a recent report issued by the state department of education. At the same time, the school district is looking at making over 600 thousand dollars worth of cuts to the upcoming year's budget. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report.

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WAMC New England News
12:22 pm
Mon July 20, 2009

Transgender Rights Bill Gets Mixed Response

Massachusetts – A Massachusetts bill that aims to protect the rights of transgender individuals is gaining steam on Beacon Hill. Opponents say that the bill doesn't do a good job of protecting children in public places. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has more

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WAMC New England News
4:09 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

30 Thousand Immigrants in Mass Could Lose Health Coverage

Massachusetts – In a cost-cutting measure to balance the Massachusetts budget, 130 million dollars was taken out of health care coverage for legal immigrants. This measure could affect 30 thousand people in the Commonwealth, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report

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WAMC New England News
12:21 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

National grid Proposes Rate Hike in Mass

Massachusetts – National Grid Electric Company is seeking to raise their rates for Massachusetts customers starting next year. The company says they are trying to rebound from last winter's ice storm, and pay for much needed infrastructure investments. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story .

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WAMC New England News
7:34 am
Fri July 17, 2009

Study says Conn. gambling cash not fully utilized

Hartford, CT – A study on Connecticut's legalized gambling has found that the state has made a lot of money, but failed to capitalize on the revenue from the casino industry. WAMC's Charlie Deitz reports...

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WAMC New England News
7:28 am
Fri July 17, 2009

Economist: VT economic forecast is bleak

Montpelier, VT – An economist working with Vermont lawmakers says the economic downturn has reached "epic proportions" and will continue to drive state revenue down, despite $50 million in new taxes passed this year. WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more...

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WAMC New England News
7:15 am
Fri July 17, 2009

Mass. jobless rate at 17-year high

Boston, MA – The recession continues to take its toll on employment in Massachusetts. WAMC's Paul Tuthill reports...

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WAMC New England News
2:54 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

2012 Congressional Contender

Pittsfield, MA – A former Massachusetts State Senator has thrown his hat in the ring for a run at congress, in 2012. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story

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WAMC New England News
12:27 pm
Thu July 16, 2009

Zebra Mussels Meeting Held In PIttsfield

Pittsfield, MA – The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation held their first public meeting Wednesday afternoon on the issue of the zebra mussel infestation in a Berkshire County lake. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there.

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