New England News

BOSTON, MA – It's illegal to use a handheld cellphone while driving in New York and Connecticut. Will Massachusetts be next?

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

Montpelier, VT – A new report from the Vermont Housing Finance Agency paints a dismal picture of home accessibility for the average Vermonter. Housing costs continued to climb in the state last year, but fewer Vermonters can afford the increase. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Montpelier, VT – Vermont is one of the first states to move forward to implement initiatives included in an agreement between the northeast states to combat global warming. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Burlington, VT – The University of Vermont's Fleming Museum has on display a celebrated print series by Francisco Goya. The 80 black and white prints are considered masterpieces of art and commentary. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with the Museum's curator about the exhibit.

Great Barrington, MA – In anticipation of a one-third decrease in the number of priests it employs the Catholic Diocese of Springfield - which serves Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden counties - is commissioning a study of its parishes.
WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo spoke with Father John Bonzagni about the diocese's plans for increasing its efficiency.

Boston, MA – A bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana is making its way though the Massachusetts state house.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

Pittsfield, MA – The Barrington Stage Company will soon be settling into its new home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts where it will host a number of full-scale musicals and plays.
But the company is also known for staging lesser-known productions and works-in-progress on its Stage II, which was without a home until very recently.

Boston, MA – A Massachusetts regulatory board has required Wal-Mart to stock the Morning After Pill in its stores in the state. Details from our Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Dan Bobkoff:

Pittsfield, MA – A citizen's group that had opposed changes to a Pittsfield, Massachusetts bylaw, which would have allowed timeshares in a residential area, has won its battle. But as our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, reports that doesn't mean timeshares are all together our of the question.

Montpelier, VT – Vermont's exports in 2005 were up nearly a billion dollars, a 29 percent increase over the previous year. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.