Massachusetts – Investors who are weary of the stock market are starting to put their money into state bonds. The Massachusetts Treasury department saw a seven fold increase in the amount of private investment in their bond market. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report.
Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill says the bonds have a win-win effect. Investors can make long term profits while the government doesn't have to dip into the operational budget for infrastructure projects.
Berkshire County – Berkshire Community College is one of the only community colleges in the country to participate in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. A non-credit program geared toward the adult population in Berkshire County. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz recently attended one of their classes
Great Barrington, Ma – President Obama has proposed a public option health plan as part of his sweeping health care reform package. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz spoke with the American Institute for Economic Research's Brian Murphy about the cost of a public option health plan
Berkshire County – Groups of environmental cyclists are biking across the state of Massachusetts trying to raise awareness for clean energy reform. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz met one of the groups when they came through Great Barrington .
North Adams, Ma – In an effort to revitalize downtown North Adams, elected officials, educators and artists have collaborated to create the Down Street Art program. Every Thursday this summer, empty storefronts are converted into art galleries featuring local and national talent. The event draws crowds from all over the region. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there for the opening night.
Great Barrington, Ma – Communities throughout western Massachusetts are still logging on to the internet with dial-up modems because they don't have access to broadband technology. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute visited Great Barrington recently to update residents on the work that's being done to bring high speed internet access to rural communities. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports
Pittsfield, MA – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has put forth an initiative to generate 2000 megawatts of wind power by the year 2020. Most of the on-shore turbine sites are located in the Berkshires. State officials hosted a forum at Berkshire Community College Wednesday to hear from residents about how to move forward.
Berkshire County – In 1979, the EPA banned the use of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (bi-fenn-uls), or PCB's, as a result of their devastating effects on the environment and the human body. Thirty years later, researchers are still discovering the harmful repercussions of the one-time super fluid. General Electric's Pittsfield plant was the primary source of PCB contamination in the Housatonic River. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports on PCB's in the Housatonic, then and now .