Springfield, ma – As part of an ongoing investigation into corruption in Springfield, a former manager in the city's school department was arrested today and appeared in US District Court. He's charged with handing out no-show jobs. And, as WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief reports, this is not the first time he's been accused of malfeasance.
Lenox, MA – Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, is well-known for its productions of the Elizabethan playwright's works. But the company is also dedicated to fostering a better understanding of that work among youth. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report on one way it seeks to accomplish that;
Boston, MA – Boston's Big Dig continues to be a big headache for the city as well as motorists statewide trying to get to Logan International Airport. As embattled Turnpike chairman Matt Amorello fights to keep his job, inspectors have found yet more loose bolts in the tunnel's ceiling panels. An update now from Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff.
Pittsfield, MA – With a little over a month left before its grand re-opening, officials of Pittsfield, Massachusetts' historic Colonial Theatre are in line to get $300,000 in federal funds to help it wrap up its nearly $22 million restoration project. Carrie Saldo, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, has more;
Amherst, ma – Some state workers in Massachusetts may see some extra money coming their way soon if the last part of a retroactive raise is approved before lawmakers head home next week. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff now with more.
Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Legislature has approved some changes to the state's welfare rules. But Governor Mitt Romney says the bill doesn't go far enough. Details now from WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff.
North Adams, MA – It is estimated more than 200,000 women and 1,600 men are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. And two young men are on a journey to raise awareness about, and money, for combating the disease. Their Appalachian Trail hike took them through Berkshire County yesterday. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report;
Salt Lake City, UT – A filmmaker has become so smitten with Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney that he is launching an organization to draft Romney to run for President-and he intends to create ads that will teach Americans about Mormonism-Romney's faith. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.
Amherst, MA – Today is day ten of the fighting in the Middle East. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff gets reaction and analysis from some in Western Massachusetts who know the Middle East from personal experience:
Montpelier, VT – A series of hearings begin next week to explain Vermont's proposed farm registration program for livestock operations. Under the program, operations ranging from hundreds of animals to a few backyard chickens must register with the state. But not all farmers like that idea. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.