Berkshire County – Businesses everywhere are forced to come up with new and innovative ways to stay afloat during these times, and the theater business is no exception. In the second of a three part series on the Berkshire theater scene, Charlie Deitz takes a look at how some local playhouses are tackling the recession
Housatonic, Ma – A controversy over plans to close the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic brought over 100 community members to a public meeting this week. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story
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.
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.
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
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
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 .
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...
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...