New England News

WAMC New England News
11:57 am
Mon April 19, 2010

House OK's Casinos, Theaters Push Senate to Oppose

Massachusetts – The Massachusetts House voted overwhelmingly in favor of the expanded gaming bill last week. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the Berkshire delegation was mostly against the bill, but as it moves on to the senate, the state's performance halls are trying to rally against its final passage

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WAMC New England News
11:48 am
Fri April 16, 2010

State Stimulus Director Gets First Hand Tour in the Berkshires

State officials, regional planners and mill managers start a tour of the Rising Mill

Housatonic, MA – The Massachusetts stimulus czar made a swing through Berkshire County this week to get a first-hand account of how federal dollars are being put to work. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that some of the funding has gone to job training, homelessness prevention, waste water treatment and road projects

: For a list of stimulus funded projects in Massachusetts look at the Massachusetts Recovery Site

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WAMC New England News
9:44 am
Fri April 16, 2010

Mass Attorney General on Cyber-Bullying

Massachusetts – The suicide of a South Hadley teenager has led lawmakers in Massachusetts to ratchet up protections against cyber-bullying and other cyber crimes. The problem is trying to enforce real world laws on a largely unregulated domain like the internet. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz spoke with Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley about how her office is working to do just that. They begin their conversation by discussing the need to bring the legal system up to date

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WAMC New England News
4:25 pm
Thu April 15, 2010

Lincoln Statue Model Back Home at Chesterwood

Lincoln model nearing completion
Chesterwood

Stockbridge, MA – After spending more than a year on display in Washington DC, the life-sized model used to create the 19 foot Abraham Lincoln Statue on the national mall returns home to the Berkshires. WAMC's Charlie Deitz reports


: Chesterwood in Stockbridge, home of "The Lincoln".

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WAMC New England News
11:37 am
Thu April 15, 2010

1Berkshire Kicks Off Campaign

Berkshire County – The four key economic development organizations in Berkshire County are collaborating to become a one-stop shop for prosperity. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on the newly created One-Berkshire

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WAMC New England News
3:31 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Northern Berkshire Health Hit By Federal Labor Judge

Williamstown, Ma – A federal agency says Northern Berkshire Health Care committed 11 labor violations toward workers trying to organize a union at a nursing home in Williamstown. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report

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WAMC New England News
3:24 pm
Wed April 14, 2010

Pittsfield Dam Owner Handed Injunction from State

Pittsfield, MA – The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation hasn't had any luck trying to convince a private dam owner in Pittsfield to repair the hazardous structure. They now look to the state's Attorney General to get some legal muscle in the case. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the attorney general's office has filed a successful injunction against the owner

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WAMC New England News
3:59 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

Mass House Readies for Gambling Debate

Massachusetts – Lawmakers in the Massachusetts House are getting ready to take up a debate on expanded gaming that could last the whole week. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that Massachusetts isn't the only state looking at gambling as a way to fix its financial woes

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WAMC New England News
12:38 pm
Mon April 12, 2010

Lawyer Advocates Marijuana Law Change In Mass.

Northampton, MA – Almost thirty years ago, a lawyer from Northampton Massachusetts wrote a proposed state law to tax and regulate marijuana. It went no where in the Massachusetts Legislature. But now, 66 year old Dick Evans is trying again. He believes the climate in the state is more receptive to his idea given the voter approval two years ago to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.. WAMC"s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Evans...

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WAMC New England News
10:48 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Governor Patrick Fields Quetions in Great Barrington

Governor Patrick in Great Barrington

Great Barrington, Ma – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick made a campaign stop in Great Barrington Sunday morning, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that Patrick also took time to answer questions from the public and the press regarding library funding, health care and education spending

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