Pittsfield, MA – The Shakespeare in the Courts program, which works to rehabilitate juvenile offenders in Berkshire County, has been honored by First Lady Laura Bush. Last Monday those involved with the project traveled to the White House to accept the national Coming Up Taller Award. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report;
Amherst, MA – Officials at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have developed an offense in light of an on-campus riot at the school following a football game last December. WAMC's Carrie Saldo, has the details on that and an update on the pending criminal and disciplinary sanctions for some riotous students;
Great Barrington, MA – With rates for potential health insurance plans coming in higher than anticipated, and the possibility of some insured residents needing to buy additional coverage to meet Massachusetts' health insurance mandate, is this the beginning of the end of a program that has been trumpeted by some as a national model? Or, are these necessary growing pains for the law, elements of which are still being implemented? Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report;
Bennington, VT – Vermont state Senators have proposed legislation that would place a specific deadline for moving state workers out of a building that's believed to be making people sick. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission released a final rule Monday saying nuclear power plants across the country are adequately protected from an attack by an airplane. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Great Barrington, MA – HOST LEDE: Fifty-three percent of Western Massachusetts residents polled for a UMASS Dartmouth study are in favor of Casino gambling - saying it will create jobs and bring much needed revenue to state coffers. But legislators in the Berkshires say the social ills that accompany casino gambling outweigh the potential economic benefits. More now from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
Pittsfield, MA – Is it possible to forget that you were a smoker? A finding released by the journal Science today reports that's just what happened to a patient dubbed Nathan by his doctor. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has reaction on what this could mean for those trying to kick the habit;
North Adams, MA – With a health care officials anticipating a shortage of nurses in Massachusetts within the next ten to fifteen years, health care organizations in the Berkshires are working to pre-empt that potential problem. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report on the newest program available in the county;