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Jim Levulis / WAMC

Lanesborough is one of four Berkshire County towns celebrating their 250th anniversary this year. In a nod to its past, the town bordering Pittsfield to the north has set up a self-guided driving history tour with landmarks throughout its 30 square miles. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis took the tour – with the person who wrote the guide.

Speaking on WAMC's Congressional Corner, Vermont Congressman Peter Welch talked about U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who had yet to announce his campaign at the time of the interview. Sanders is set to announce his candidacy for president on Thursday.

"He's got something to say. I mean, who better than Bernie has been advocating for an opportunity for middle income and everyday folk," said Welch. "They've been on the short-end, 1 percent has done great, and Bernie has been making that case for a very long time and he's true to that and who he is. He'd be a great messenger. And everything I understand is when he's traveled around to Iowa and New Hampshire and other places he's been very very well received. Obviously there is a hunger in the Democratic Party for that kind of voice. That I think is the appeal Bernie has. On the other hand what he knows is that this is an unbelievable undertaking to get in a presidential campaign with the enormous amounts of money and the challenges logistical and political to it."

WAMC's Brian Shields talks with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Northeast Report Late Edition about the U.S. Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage. Healey phoned in from Washington where she attended the Supreme Court hearings Tuesday. Healey says she's cautiously optimistic that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of gay marriage. Healey was in the courtroom yesterday when the nation's highest court heard oral arguments in four states' same-sex marriage cases. By the end of June, the justices are expected to rule whether such marriages — now allowed in 36 states and the District of Columbia — should be recognized nationwide

As has long been rumored, Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is running for president, according to multiple reports Tuesday afternoon. The independent will run in the Democratic primary. He had discussed his potential campaign for months, including in several WAMC Congressional Corner segments.


Highway tolls, private-sector sponsorships and asset sales are some of the early ideas being discussed as ways to pay for Governor Dannel Malloy's proposed $100 billion, 30-year overhaul of Connecticut's transportation system.


For just the second time a public school system in Massachusetts has been put into receivership. 

    The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8-3 Tuesday to declare the Holyoke Public Schools to be chronically underperforming and striped the locally elected school committee in Holyoke of its authority. 

   State education commissioner Mitchell Chester, who recommended the board take the action, will run the schools until he hires a permanent receiver.


State health officials believe more than 1,000 people died as a result of opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts last year.

The Democratic-controlled budget-writing committee in Connecticut is rebuffing many of the budget cuts proposed by Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy.

Governor Dannel Malloy has vetoed a bill that would have blocked the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education from closing any campus or manufacturing programs without legislative approval.

Facebook: Riverfront Recapture

Connecticut development officials say more people are using Hartford's riverfront. The state Department of Economic and Community Development says its study shows more than 897,000 people visited the riverfront last year, up 12 percent from 2013.