Montpelier, VT – Vermont's effort to determine whether two phone companies handed over private information to the federal government continues to face delays. The head of the state's ACLU is frustrated, but not surprised, that lawsuits are stalling efforts to find out what happened during the NSA wiretapping controversy. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Springfield, MA – A dispute between the city of Springfield Massachusetts and a social service organization over the operation of a homeless shelter went to court today. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau chief Paul Tuthill reports...
Montpelier, VT – Towns across Vermont have received more than 135 million dollars from a state property tax program. The money will be held by the towns for a short time before being transferred to school districts. Some state officials are cautioning towns on how to handle the money during that time. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Amherst, MA – The Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is reportedly in line to become the new President of Louisiana State University. Published reports in Baton Rouge, where LSU is headquartered, say John Lombardi will be recommended for the job to the LSU board of supervisors at a meeting tomorrow. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports...
Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Secretary of State has issued new manuals to help guide taxpayers and officials though the property tax assessment appeals process. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Springfield, MA – Members of the Old First Church in Springfield Massachusetts, the oldest church congregation in Western Massachusetts, are at a crossroads. The church could close by the end of the year . Church leaders have appealed to the community for help. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports...
Pittsfield, MA – The council appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to advise him on how the state can best to assist veterans and their families met for the first time yesterday. The governor appointed three members to the commission from Western Massachusetts. More now from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
Lenox, MA – The Lenox, Massachusetts-based Shakespeare and Company hopes to begin construction of a $5 million center for the performance arts in November. But, as out Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports, the company needs to raise $2.5 million to make that happen;
Springfield, VT – Springfield, Vermont is vying to host the premiere of the The Simpsons Movie on July 29th. Voting began today on the USA Today website, and the town of about nine thousand hopes that even though they have the smallest population of all the entrants, they'll get the most votes. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Springfield, MA – The final draft of the 26 point 8 billion dollar state budget the Massachusetts legislature was expected to approve today includes money to hire new police officers. But, the number falls far short of what Governor Deval Patrick promised during last year's campaign. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..