Amherst, MA – Some states, counties and local communities have created task forces to deal with the possibility of a bird flu outbreak in the Northeast region. But the select board of Amherst, Massachusetts has rejected a request from a group of citizens to create a bird flu pandemic task force. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.
Great Barrington, MA – Agricultural Preservation Restrictions are a way to assure that farms remain farms. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has a report on the use of so-called APR's in Massachusetts and specifically, one farm in the midst of the process;
Great Barrington, MA – With the September primary about six weeks away, the five democrats vying for the First Berkshire District Massachusetts Senate seat discussed their views on a variety of issues at a forum in Great Barrington Tuesday night. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report;
Great Barrington, MA – A number of state and local candidates engrossed in campaigning for the forthcoming September Massachusetts primary will get a chance to show their stuff at forums scheduled in the Berkshires tonight and next week. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has a preview;
Springfield, ma – There have been two major flood disasters within the past year in Massachusetts.The storms in October and May caused considerable damage and financial losses. Now some towns are receiving help from the state and FEMA-while others are feeling left out. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has more.
Pittsfield, MA – Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has signed a law that authorizes the city of Pittsfield to use 21 acres of conservation land for the long-awaited expansion of the Pittsfield Municipal Airport. But, as our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports, the conservation land will be replaced with four times that amount of acreage:
Pittsfield, MA – The Berkshire Museum intends to use a $1.2 million gift from a local foundation with national and international reach to expand the "window" the museum offers to the world. It's part of a major 9-million dollar upgrade and expansion of the Pittsfield facility, which attracts about 90-thousand visitors a year. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo explains;
Westborough, ma – A Massachusetts Cancer researcher is among the more than 30 candidates awaiting the results of last Sunday's landmark elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The results will likely not be known for another two weeks, but his family and friends are cautiously optimistic. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has his story.
Monson, MA – The town of Monson, Massachusetts has decided to cancel its contract with a company that would have piped music and advertising into the town's school buses. The cancellation comes before the equipment was ever installed. As WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports, it was community outrage that sunk the deal.