Northampton, ma – The average cost of gas nationally is inching closer to $3 dollars a gallon. But are those high prices really having an effect on the average consumer? WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff takes a look.
Montpelier, VT – Vermont lawmakers will return to Montpelier tomorrow to try to finish the Legislative session. Lawmakers had hoped to finish work this past weekend, but House Speaker Gaye Symington decided last Friday that her colleagues were too tired to work into the weekend, and had too much work left to do. The Speaker hopes work can be wrapped up tomorrow. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Great Barrington, MA – The Big Dig, $14.6 billion conversion of Boston's Interstate 93 into an underground highway, has long-been plagued by criticism, cost overruns and scandals. Now, Democratic hopeful for governor Deval Patrick says it needs an independent monitor. A report from WAMC's Carrie Saldo:
Pittsfield, MA – Another act of anti-semitic vandalism in Pittsfield, Massachusetts was discovered this weekend, the second hate crime within the past month. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the story;
Amherst, mA – A graduate student at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has successfully defended a thesis that was rather...revealing. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff spoke with Elad Granot about his research on Victoria's Secret.
Burlington, VT – During an immigration rally in Burlington, Vermont last week, Progressive Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss said his city should become a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. In a area known for quirky and unique trends, his idea is being met with considerable skepticism. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Northampton, ma – For nearly twenty years, the Pioneer Valley was home to a commune. Now a former member and current University of Massachusetts at Amherst professor has made a documentary about it. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff takes a look at the film, which is debuting in Northampton this weekend.
More info: Free Spirits will be shown at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton May 6 and 7th at 4:15 and 6:15 both days.
Pittsfield, MA – The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has stepped up its efforts to snuff out underage cigarette smoking. And as our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, reports the efforts are proving effective;