Pittsfield's Park, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager, Jim McGrath, on right, explains development plans for the First Street Common to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, at center, along with other state and local leaders in Nov. 2013.
A law firm representing the families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured at the Sandy Hook Elementary School says it has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.
The U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs recently held a hearing focused on ending veteran homelessness and improving the delivery of healthcare and other benefits to former service men and women. Massachusetts-based Soldier On was one of five nonprofits invited to testify before members of Congress to speak about their experiences and how they think veteran care should be provided. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis spoke with Soldier On CEO Jack Downing.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is calling for a quick resolution of the strike by unionized workers for FairPoint Communications, saying "enough is enough" on a recent spate of phone and Internet outages on the company's system.
A new financing plan was announced today to accelerate the redevelopment of Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts
City officials said a proposed addition of $3.2 million in local funds along with a previously announced $4.2 million grant from the state will allow the transit-focused elements of the project to be completed simultaneously with tenant-ready commercial space and additional parking.
"It is a big achievement having all the money that is now needed to get this project done," said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
In a first of its kind collaboration in Massachusetts, eight struggling middle schools in Springfield are going to be run by a partnership of state and local education officials and an independent advisor.
The Springfield School Committee has signed an agreement to turn budgeting and staffing decisions at the 8 schools over to a public-private partnership called the Springfield Empowerment Zone. Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno, who described the move as bold and innovative, said the new operating authority won’t take full charge of the schools until the next academic year.