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Jim Levulis

Associate News Director

Born and raised in Eden, NY, Jim has been WAMC’s Associate News Director since October 2016. Before that he worked as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief  for three years. Jim is also the producer of the podcast A New York Minute In History. He previously worked as a reporter, producer and anchor at WAER, an NPR affiliate in Syracuse. He has experience in Top 40 radio and has spent time with NPR-affiliate WBFO and CBS-affiliate WIVB-TV, both in Buffalo. A loyal and constantly humbled New York Yankees and Buffalo sports fan, Jim holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism and History from Syracuse University.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A union lawyer says the private charitable fund to help cover the mental health-related costs of first responders and other workers affected by the Connecticut elementary school mass shooting falls short.

Eric Brown is a staff attorney for the union representing Newtown police officers. He says one officer is too emotionally traumatized to return to work and faces possible termination.

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A study released today in Pittsfield, Massachusetts identifies manufacturing growth opportunities for a region that has seen job loss in the sector since the 1980s.

The Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation, or PERC, joined with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in its Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Study. PERC’s President Jay Anderson says the $70,000 study didn’t produce anything earth shattering.

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The recent firing of a reporter in North Adams, Massachusetts has garnered national attention.

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Candidates for mayor in North Adams, Massachusetts faced off in a debate Wednesday night.

Two-term Democratic Mayor Richard Alcombright and Republican challenger Robert Moulton laid out their plans for the city, focusing on crime and economic development. Moulton, a former city councilor, says people in North Adams don’t feel safe anymore and that safety had been a big draw for the area.

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Pittsfield has formally joined five other Massachusetts communities in an effort to seek retribution and cleanup of the Housatonic River contaminated by harmful chemicals.

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Businesses and individuals in Western Massachusetts are learning about a variety of options to address energy costs.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court for the second time has heard arguments that the recent repeal of the state's death penalty should also apply to the 10 inmates currently on death row.

The court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the appeal of Daniel Webb, who is awaiting execution for the 1989 kidnapping and murder of bank executive Diane Gellenbeck.

Webb's lawyers argue that repealing capital punishment only for future crimes violates Webb's constitutional rights to equal protection by treating him differently than other defendants.

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BOSTON (AP) — The state's higher education commissioner says more students at Massachusetts public universities and colleges are incurring larger amounts of debt to finance their educations, a trend that could have dire consequences for the region's economy.

The Boston Globe reports that Commissioner Richard Freeland told lawmakers Monday that the risk of incurring high debt could dissuade some people from attending college at a time when the state more needs graduates in science, high technology, and health care to compete in a global economy.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is receiving $9 million in federal grant money to better address the mental health needs of youths.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday the state will use part of the funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to promote training, consultation and early identification of mental health problems in children and young adults.

The bulk of the funding will be spent on decreasing youth violence and promoting healthy child development.

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Massachusetts state representatives toured Pittsfield meeting with city officials to discuss area development and challenges.

A weekend event in Pittsfield, Massachusetts will bring attention to the area’s immigrants, an issue that went quiet on the national stage amid the government shutdown.

Connecticut's U.S. Senators they believe much of the money lost to the state during the 16-day federal government shutdown can be recouped.

Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say the state lost about $14.8 million in salary and benefits and about 1,000 jobs that were not created during the shutdown.


Organizers of a walk this weekend in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, hope to raise funds to support stable housing for area residents in need.


Tonight’s 3rd Thursday is the last of the year in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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Conservationist and television host Jeff Corwin spoke to a packed audience at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Wednesday night.

Best known for his crazy and daring antics in the wild, Jeff Corwin gave his audience at MCLA an inside look at what inspired him to work with animals and the environment. Corwin recalled the day he became a naturalist. He was a kid rolling over a log when he found a snake that bit him on the arm. Ben Lamb is a 2007 MCLA graduate who majored in biology and environmental studies.


The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill that would expand benefits and services for the Commonwealth’s veterans and their families.

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Tuesday marked the first full day of the reinstatement of tolls on the westernmost section of the Mass Turnpike.

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Residents in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have heard from members of an organization looking to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the city.

Nial DeMena is the Director of Operations for Manna Wellness.

“We’re looking to be the first LEED-certified registered marijuana dispensary in the country,” said DeMena.

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Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman was in Pittsfield Wednesday as he ramps up his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Covering a wide range of topics, Grossman spoke with about 20 people at the Democratic Berkshires Brigades in downtown Pittsfield. If elected, the treasurer says he aims to create 50,000 manufacturing jobs over five years, especially in places like Pittsfield.

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A recent editorial is putting focus on the need for mentoring programs in western Massachusetts.

Democratic State Representative Smitty Pignatelli of the Fourth Berkshire District is urging people to volunteer to mentor young people.

“No matter what your career is right now everybody has a mentor that they look up to, that they lean on," he said. "I have mentors in my current job."

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Students at Lee High School in Massachusetts are receiving a crash course in the dangers of texting and driving this week.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the state’s Secretary of Education heard concerns from about 15 Pittsfield High School students today.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland have frozen state educational funds for Westfield State University after the recent allegations of illegal spending, including private travel expenses, by President Evan Dobelle.


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had some harsh words the federal government as he made stops in the western part of the state today.

“It’s embarrassing," said Patrick.

“The Tea Party Republicans are playing a big game with the lives of some little people frankly,” he said. “I think that’s got to end.”

The democrat says this is not a new issue, but it has reached a new level.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick held a cabinet meeting and made stops in the western part of the state today.

Tim Bizony is a letter press operator and one of the workers Governor Patrick spoke with at the Crane & Company Stationary site in North Adams.

“He was genuinely interested in what I do,” Bizony said. “He was fascinated by the machine. He asked a lot of questions and I was glad I was able to answer them for him.”

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A case of canine parvovirus has temporarily closed a shelter in Western Massachusetts.

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The Board of Selectmen has set the tax rate for businesses and homeowners in town of Adams, Massachusetts.

The Selectmen unanimously voted to maintain a 15 percent shift tax levy towards commercial property for fiscal year 2014. The decision sets the residential rate at $19.95 and the commercial rate at $23.69. Compared to last year, these figures represent an increase of $1.70 per $1,000 of assessed value of a residential property and a jump of $2.02 for commercial.