New England News

WAMC New England News
4:50 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Berkshire Educator Tries to Help in Haiti

Lenox, Ma – A Berkshire County-based educator who began a soccer program in Haiti four years ago, is using his connections at home to help those on the ground in the disaster zone. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz explains


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WAMC New England News
3:18 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

Massachusetts Workforce Training Funds Set to Expire in 2010

Massachusetts – A workforce training fund for Massachusetts workers is set to expire at the end of this year, but supporters are already lobbying state lawmakers to keep the funding alive. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report

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WAMC New England News
4:34 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

North Adams Hospital Lays Off 19

North Adams, Ma – North Adams Regional Hospital will be eliminating another 19 positions from its workforce, as well as some non-labor budget cuts, in order to save 1.6 million dollars this fiscal year. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the move is in response to slumping reimbursements from insurance providers, a trend that is likely to get worse after national health care reform is passed

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WAMC New England News
12:02 pm
Wed January 13, 2010

State Cuts Hit Women and Children Hardest

Massachusetts – The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center released a report this week showing that cuts to state funded services have disproportionately impacted women and children. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that cuts to support services had been going on for a decade, and were only made worse by the current recession

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WAMC New England News
4:04 pm
Mon January 11, 2010

Berkshire Hills Rehires Laid-Off Staff

Great Barrington, Ma – The Berkshire Hills Regional School District has the rare opportunity to put all of the recently laid off teachers and support staff back to work. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report

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WAMC New England News
11:59 am
Mon January 11, 2010

Rest Stop Wind Power

Massachusetts – In Massachusetts, the Department of Transportation along with the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, is moving ahead with plans to put a 400 foot wind turbine at the state's western-most rest area. The project is expected to generate enough energy to power 400 homes, as well as take some tax burden off Massachusetts residents. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story .

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WAMC New England News
1:26 pm
Fri January 8, 2010

Super Wal-Mart Plans Divide Groups in North Adams

North Adams, Ma – A proposed Wal-Mart SuperCenter in North Adams has opponents saying the community was left out of the decision-making process, while supporters say this type of development is exactly what the city needs to get out of its slump. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report

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WAMC New England News
10:25 am
Fri January 8, 2010

Blue Cross Vs. Oncology Practices...

Berkshire County – A new policy from Blue Cross of Massachusetts demands that certain cancer medications be purchased from their own pharmacy, instead of patients getting the drugs at the doctor's office. A Berkshire based oncology practice says the new policy puts profit over safety. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the patients could be left out in the cold

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WAMC New England News
3:49 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Massachusetts Education Reform, Next Steps

Massachusetts – Now that the Massachusetts house has passed Governor Patrick's Education Reform bill, the state is poised to benefit from over 200 million dollars in stimulus funding for education. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on what's next for education reform in Massachusetts

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WAMC New England News
12:01 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Massachusetts House Passes Ed Reform

Massachusetts – The Massachusetts House passed Governor Patrick's education reform package Wednesday in a marathon legislative session, the bill is aimed at closing the achievement gap in the state's public school system. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that even though the bill mostly focuses on urban schools, there was some language to help rural districts as well

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