Springfield, MA – A new bishop has been named for the Springfield Diocese. The announcement from the Vatican comes less than a month after Bishop Thomas Dupre retired amid allegations of sexual abuse. Initial reaction from church leaders and alleged victims lawyers was overwhelmingly hopeful, as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports.
Albany, NY – A local man who has traveled to Haiti several times over the past few years says he witnessed first hand the violence and corruption that has gripped the island nation for decades. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
New Paltz, NY – Village of New Paltz Mayor Jason West says he plans this week to continue talks with those in the New York Attorney General's office, to persuade the attorney general to join forces with him on the same-sex marriage issue. This comes as West says he will abide by a court order that prevents him from wedding same-sex couples. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Boston, MA – A system in Massachusetts is starting to let patients search online for information about different hospitals. Information is provided that lets patients make decisions about which hospital to go to for different procedures. While health insurance companies say it's in the best interests of patients, some health care representatives say it's not such a good idea. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Montpelier, VT – A Town Meeting Day resolution asking to create a universal health care system in Vermont was strongly approved by voters. Advocates hope the overwhelming support will send a message to Vermont lawmakers that they need to start working on a health care system that would provide coverage to everyone in the Green Mountain State. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Pittsfield, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was in Berkshire County yesterday to swear in the new District Attorney. David Capeless is the county's fourth DA. He vowed to follow in his much-loved predecessor's footsteps as the county's top prosecutor. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Plattsburgh, NY – On Friday, gay and lesbian couples across New York State are planning to go to town clerks' offices to request marriage licenses. If they are denied, a class-action suit, based on the states's Domestic Relations Law, will be filed. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Rowe, MA – An accident in Western Massachusetts on Tuesday involved radioactive material from a nuclear plant. The level of radioactivity was determined to be very low, but Yankee Nuclear Power Station has suspended shipments of similar material until they can determine what led to the accident. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Burlington, VT – Burlington Town Meeting Day voters overwhelmingly endorsed an advisory referendum on medical marijuana. More than eighty percent of voters cast their ballots in support of legalizing medical marijuana in Vermont. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Great Barrington, MA – In Massachusetts, legislators and lobbyists are gearing up for next week's continued debate on gay marriage. A lobbyist with one of the state's biggest gay rights groups was in Berkshire County last night to shed some light on the political ins and outs of the issue. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.