New England News

Adams, MA – Its been two years since Adams, Massachusetts submitted the sole proposal to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to develop a portion of the Greylock Glen, which is at the foot of the state's highest peak - Mount Greylock. Now, the state has requested a formal presentation. Our Berkshire Bureau, Chief Carrie Saldo, spoke with Town Administrator William Ketcham, about what this means for Adams;

Great Barrington, MA – Last fall Berkshire Gas, Western Massachusetts sole provider of Natural Gas sought a nearly 30 percent rate increase from the Department of Telecommunications and energy. But, as our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports, a milder than expected winter has translated into good news for rate payers;

Springfield, MA – More financial problems in the city of Springfield, MA. Mayor Charles Ryan has said the city may run out of money this month if the state does not help out.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

Great Barrington, MA – States across the nation have been grappling with the challenges presented by the medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Vermont officials found it so convoluted they shelved the program temporarily and while Massachusetts hasn't needed to go that far, those on the front lines - pharmacists and elder care workers - told WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo they will be navigating the intricacies of the program for sometime.

Pittsfield, MA – Controversy has sprung up again regarding a Pittsfield, Massachusetts elementary school within close proximity of a PCB dump site known as Hill 78.

Pittsfield, MA – The Pittsfield City Council has rejected a proposed bylaw change that would have allowed timeshare developments within particular residential areas in the city. And as our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, reports at least one city official is concerned about the implications of its defeat.

Dalton. MA – What could be a 140 home development that would incorporate a variety of energy-saving and so called "green technologies" is proposed for Dalton, Massachusetts. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief , Carrie Saldo, has the details of the proposed development just east of Pittsfield, which the developers say would be the first of its kind in the Northeast;

BOSTON, MA – The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved a stripped-down health care bill that seeks to insure about half of the state's uninsured residents. Senators rushed the bill through late yesterday to avoid losing federal Medicaid funds. The bill now moves to the house where its outcome is still uncertain.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

Washington, D.C. – The fate of Vermont's campaign finance law is now in the hands of the U-S Supreme Court. The high court heard arguments this morning on a challenge to a 1997 Vermont law which sets strict limits on both campaign contributions and spending. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

BOSTON, MA – National Grid, the British power distributor that serves much of upstate New York and western New England, continued its rapid expansion in the U.S. yesterday by agreeing to acquire Keyspan Energy, a major natural gas and power supplier in the northeast. The deal, if approved, will create the country's third largest power company, serving 8 million customers.

As WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports, the deal is getting a generally positive reaction.