Boston, MA – The concept of Creative economy has been the focus of a county-wide study in the Berkshires and was a focus of statewide community meetings held by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Now, a Berkshire County legislator has filed a bill that would monitor the teaching of creativity and innovation in Massachusetts' classrooms. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
Great Barrington, MA – Each year in the United States the average person generates 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. That means residents in Berkshire County alone are responsible for about two billion pounds of the gases that contribute to global warming. But, as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports, a plan aimed at reducing those emissions is being considered.
Westfield, MA – Westfield State College in Westfield Massachusetts is continuing to search for a new president. But, one prominent local candidate says to count him out. Details from WAMC's Pioneer Valley News Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill....
Amherst, MA – The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees is considering raising student fees by 3.4 percent next year .It would be the fifth year in a row that student charges have gone up. Some say the cost of a public higher education is climbing out of reach. A report from WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill....
Pittsfield, MA – President George W. Bush's proposed $2.9 Trillion fiscal 2008 budget would cut Medicare by $76 billion over five years, and Medicaid by $27 billion over the same period. And officials with the two largest health care organizations in the Berkshires contend the proposal will have a QOUTE devastating effect on their bottom lines. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
Pittsfield, MA – Several sectors of the Massachusetts workforce received a boost today, with the Secretary of Workforce development announcing $7.1 million in grants for workforce training. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the details of those grants and what they'll mean for workers in Western Massachusetts;
Boston, MA – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick unveiled a municipal relief package. It proposes local option taxes and mandates municipal pension reforms. The story from WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill
Montpelier, VT – Vermont is the first legislature in the country to formally pass a resolution calling for the immediate and orderly withdrawal of U-S troops from Iraq. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Lenox, MA – In Lenox, Massachusetts, the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a request that would have allowed an out-patient surgical center in a local shopping plaza; a center that local hospital officials contend would result in a $10 million loss for Berkshire Health Systems. However, as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, reports the proposed developers are moving ahead with an alternate plan.