Lenox, MA – Berkshire Health Systems has embarked on a Community Pain Management Project in order to better treat cronic and acute pain patients. As part of that project, the largest health care provider in Berkshire County decided to address the abuse of the types of medications often prescribed to treat those conditions. The state Department of Public Health is applauding the effort, calling it a cutting edge program. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report;
West Springfield, ma – It was a joyous homecoming in West Springfield today for more than 150 Soldiers from the B Company 181st Engineer Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. They had served a year in Iraq. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff was at the event.
Underhill Center, VT – Some Vermont researchers say their data indicates the federal Environmental Protection Agency is wrong about mercury deposits in Vermont. The EPA contends that the mercury is mainly coming from other sources. But local scientists say storm patterns that move into Vermont carry mercury pollution from U.S. industrial regions, including the Midwest, the Ohio Valley and Pennsylvania. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Pittsfield, MA – A long list of Berkshire County VIPs as well as rank-and-file Democrats turned out over the weekend for a Deval Patrick campaign event dubbed his homecoming rally. About 300 people raised $80,000 to support the Democratic candidate for governor of Massachusetts. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report;
Northampton, ma – Outdoor wood boilers are an increasingly popular way to heat homes as the price of other fuels continues to rise. But as more people install the boilers, more towns and cities in western Massachusetts are restricting their use. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff explains.
Plymouth, NH – New Hampshire's Plymouth State University has received a grant to determine if federal air pollution laws really reduced acid rain in the Northeast. The money will allow researchers to continue a long term study of acid rain effects in lakes from the Adirondacks to Maine. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Montpelier, VT – Vermont Governor Jim Douglas is asking the chief executive officer of International Paper to halt a planned tire burn at the company's upstate New York plant. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Pittsfield, MA – Massachusetts democratic candidate for governor Deval Patrick is set to hold a fund raiser in Berkshire County tomorrow. And this morning the county's two mayors, lead law enforcement officials, and others gathered to chide Republican rival Kerry Healey for what they called her "shameful" approach to the campaign for the governor's office. The officials said Healy is doing nothing to assure better public safety in the state. Berkshire Bureau Chief Carrie Saldo, with that story:
Boston, ma – The four candidates for Governor in Massachusetts were at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall last night for the second to last debate before election day. It was a feisty and sometimes tense debate. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has some highlights.
Boston, ma – The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority moved yesterday to eliminate all tolls on the 'Pike from exit 6 in Chicopee to the Boston area's Route 128 exit. Passenger car tolls from the New York state line to Chicopee were eliminated 10 years ago. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the details.