Boston, MA – The annual MCAS scores used to measure student achievement in Massachusetts are out. The non-traditional schools show the biggest gains. Tenth graders in the Boston Public Schools also demonstrated some marked improvements. But there are problems in the Pioneer Valley, as WAMC's Dan Bobkoff reports:
Pittsfield, MA – It is estimated that the creative economy is responsible for 10 percent of the jobs in Berkshire County. That is just one of the findings of the Berkshire Creative Economy Project. And our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has an exclusive look at some of the other initial findings of this on-going research project being undertaken to learn how to best utilize the county's cultural industry;
Burlington, VT – The Burlington, Vermont metropolitan area is ranked first in the country in an assessment of business vitality. The index was calculated by Economy-dot-com, a division of Moody's Investor Service. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Boston, MA – There are many plans and promises in the race for Governor in Massachusetts. But one group says the state may not be able to afford any of it. More now from Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff.
Stockbridge, MA – After more than two hundred years, an item connected to the Christian roots of a Native American tribe that once lived in the Berkshires will be restored on the tribes reservation in Wisconsin. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the details of the collaboration of the Trustrees of Reservations and the Mohican Nation, which now has its pewter communion set
Pittsfield, MA – Two Boston-based business men have plans to develop a former industrial mill in Pittsfield, Massachusetts into an "urban village" with at least 60 living units as well as working spaces for artists. And while Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, spoke with Roy Krantz about the ideas he and Sam Levine have for the space, they say they are more interested in community input;
Egremont – The creation of nine large forest reserves in the Berkshires and in central and southeastern Massachusetts is part of the state's plan to create a sustainable forest management program to protect long-term forest health. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has the details;
Pittsfield, MA – During the hard-fought campaign for the Democratic nomination for Berkshire County District Attorney, challenger Judith Knight said Incumbent David Capeless lacked the prosecutorial discretion necessary to get the job done. And while Capeless won the support of three out of five voters who turned out for Tuesday's democratic primary he did not do as well in Southern Berkshire County. Here's WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo with the details:
Kingston, NY – Western Massachussetts Democrats voted to put up a fresh face for state senate in last night's District 1 primary. 25-year-old Ben Downing won the primary, in his first bid for political office. His closest competitor in the five-way race was Christopher Hodgkins, a twenty-year veteran of the state house. We have two reports: first, WAMC's Julia Taylor, who covered Downing's party in Pittsfield last night.