New England News

Great Barrington, MA – Japanese animation, known as Anime, is a multi-billion dollar industry and Saturday, Simon's Rock College of the Bard was home to Berkshire County's first Anime convention - Llamacon 2006.

SPRINGFIELD, MA – A new survey shows hunger is still a significant problem in the Northeast region, including a large portion of western Massachusetts.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

AMHERST, MA – A Massachusetts state senator brought good news to his annual meeting with the University of Massachusetts faculty senate this week. Senator Stan Rosenberg, the Amherst Democrat who co-chaired the Senate Task Force on Higher Education, says the legislature may be close to passing a significant higher education funding bill.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Montpelier, VT – The federal prescription plan that failed for many senior citizens when it was launched in January will be turned back on in Vermont next month. But some lawmakers and advocates for the elderly are worried that the federal government still has not worked out all of the problems with Medicare Part-D. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

HOLYOKE, MA – The number of teenagers who gave birth in 2004 was significantly lower in the Massachusetts cities of Springfield and Holyoke than in previous years. But the teen-pregancy rate remains relatively high, with Holyoke still the second highest, and Springfield the third. Only Lawrence, Mass. has more teen births.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

AGAWAM, MA – A top Massachusetts lawmaker is criticizing Governor Romney's proposed budget and is urging local municipalities not to use it as a benchmark when creating their own budgets.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

South Hadley, MA – Avoiding a further battle with disgruntled faculty, Harvard's president Lawrence Summers announced yesterday that he will be leaving the university at the end of this academic year. His departure ends a tumultuous tenure lasting only 5 years-the shortest at the school since 1862.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff spoke to academics in the five-college region about the implications of Summers' resignation.

Burlington, VT – The Burlington, Vermont City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to support the Vermont Air National Guard's continued mission at the Burlington International Airport. The councillor's resolution was formulated in direct opposition to, and urges Burlington voters to reject, Question 6 on the Town Meeting Day ballot. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

NORTHAMPTON, MA – Joel Dorius was a professor at Smith College until 1960 when he, along with two other professors, was forced out following an arrest for possession of gay pornography. He was later exonerated and the case is considered an early civil rights victory for homosexuals. Dorius died last week, and WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff looks back at the incident and the man.

Great Barrington, MA – A site once home to the Great Barrington fairgrounds may host a 570,000 square-foot mixed-use development including a 100-room hotel just west of the heart of the downtown.

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