Springfield, ma – A developer wants to build a major destination hotel on Springfield, Massachusetts's struggling riverfront. But after months of negotiations and planning, the city has rejected the proposal, saying it's too expensive for the city. The developer says the city is wrong and that it will be entirely privately funded.
WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.
Colchester, VT – Green Mountain Power has announced a plan that will allow their customers to select all, or a portion of, their power from renewable energy sources in New England. The plan has been implemented, in part, to spur renewables development in Vermont. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Burlington, VT – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Vermont has announced its plan to deal with a shortage of priests. Some churches in the state will close, while others will share priests. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Pittsfield, MA – The 2004 court case the Commonwealth vs. Valerio Di Giambattista where his arson conviction was overturned on appeal because of questionable police interrogation tactics resulted in the high court urging that law enforcement officials record statements made by all of its suspects. And as our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports, the majority of police departments in the county now have that capability
Alburg, VT – Lake Champlain forms the border between New York and Vermont, and extends into the Canadian province of Quebec. Farmers and agricultural officials from southern Quebec and northern Vermont met Monday to exchange ideas on how to more effectively reduce agricultural runoff that's polluting Lake Champlain. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
AMHERST, MA – Amherst, MA may join the growing list of towns and cities in the Northeast region ... including Albany and Kingston, New York... considering making wireless internet access available to residents and visitors.
WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports on what makes the Amherst proposal unique.
Pittsfield, MA – In his book, The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman asserts that the United States transitioned from an agricultural society to an industrial one by making secondary education the societal norm. And, as our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports more than 40 educational, business and civic leaders have banded together and are calling for upping the educational anti once again.
AMHERST, MA – The College Board reported this week that a small number of students who took the SATs recently received scores that were incorrect and too low. The news comes at the most anxiety-ridden period in the college application process.
WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff looks at how the error affects students in Western Massachusetts.