New England News

Sturbridge, MA – Sturbridge, MA is one town acting to protect open space and to broaden the appeal of a leading tourist attraction. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has a report.

Burlington, VT – During a symposium in Vermont assessing how the media affect the public perception of political heroes, the discussion turned to the failure of Howard Dean's Presidential campaign. Dean was a panelist and said what's thought of most often - his infamous scream - was a minor factor in his campaign's downfall. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Burlington, VT – The University of Vermont hosted a symposium Tuesday looking at how the media affect society's perspective of politicians as heroes. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at UVM's Ira Allen Chapel.

Pittsfield, MA – Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless wants to get a new task force up and running -- designed to prevent what he called the area's most pressing problem from escalating -- up and running. Capeless says the proposed "guns and gangs" task force would do just that. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;

Springfield, MA – Some community leaders in Springfield, Massachusetts have some strong opinions about who should fill the soon to be vacant schools assistant superintendent position. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Lenox, MA – The names of the benefactors who made the $2.5 million acquisition of Edith Wharton's private library possible were announced during a ceremony celebrating the library's return Monday afternoon. First Lady Laura Bush, a guest at the event, addressed the crowd of 100 invited guests. More from, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;

Boston, MA – Massachusetts Senate President Robert Travaglini is expected to introduce a new family leave bill Tuesday. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has a preview.

Pittsfield, MA – The Berkshire Economic Development Corporation is spearheading two studies it says will create a blueprint for a new economic development strategy in the county. And as WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, reports it is also expected to spur growth in the region;

Burlington, VT – Several states have followed California's lead and adopted that state's stringent auto emissions standards for automobiles. Those standards, stricter than the federal government's, are being challenged by the auto industry. One is currently being argued in Vermont. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Boston, MA – A big boost for very small research at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Governor Mitt Romney and Senator Edward Kennedy were on hand to announce a major grant for the flagship campus to study nanotechnology. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Montpelier, VT – The Vermont House may take up a bill designed to combat gasoline price gouging. The bill, which has passed the state Senate, is due for consideration Tuesday in the House Commerce Committee. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Boston, ma – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney yesterday announced a contract to bring more abstinence education to the state's public schools. As you might expect, it's not without some controversy. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has more.

Boston, MA – Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick is calling for unity among fellow candidates for governor. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the story;

Montpelier, VT – Vermont legislators are considering imposing a delay in the agriculture agency's proposed rule mandating that all places in the state that have livestock be listed on a state registry. The state's Agriculture Secretary says a delay could leave the state vulnerable to an outbreak of avian influenza or other animal disease. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Pittsfield, MA – The Colonial Theatre is set to host not only theater but dance and a wide array of musical talent, including the Berkshires own Arlo Guthrie and country music star Lee Greenwood during its premier season. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has details of the performance plans for this Pittsfield, Massachusetts landmark.

Adams, MA – The town of Adams, Massachusetts has earned the state's approval to proceed with a $44 million project for development of the state's highest peak. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo

Northampton, ma – Triple-A says gas prices hit the highest prices ever this week-except for the week after Hurricane Katrina. So, are the high costs changing any habits? WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff went to find out.

Pittsfield, MA – There has been some more movement in the race for Berkshire County's lone senate seat. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the details;

boston, ma – Time is running out on Massachusetts' legislative session, and lawmakers on Beacon Hill are now tackling the hundreds of bills held up by the health care bill. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the details.

Montpelier, VT – A survey indicates that more than 80-percent of Vermont teachers feel that the federal No Child Left Behind law has had a negative impact on education. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

AMHERST, ma – Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan was at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst last night . WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the details.

Burlington, VT – Both the Vermont and New York Health Departments are urging physicians and other health care providers to be on alert for mumps. The notices come as an outbreak of the disease is occurring in the Midwest. That outbreak began in Iowa several months ago and has been slowly spreading to other states. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Northampton, ma – A little publicity can go a long way. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story of a website that got its start in Northampton and just got its big break.

Pittsfield, MA – A Pittsfield, Massachusetts woman is seeking volunteers to help her stitch together her dream of providing quality handmade clothing and toys to children in need. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has Josefa Perez's story

springfield, ma – Western New England College in Springfield is stepping up security patrols after a series of assaults last night. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

Springfield, MA – Mayor Charles Ryan of Springfield has taken the unusual step of personally urging the commission to reject two liquor licenses to try and get public safety under control. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has more.

Burlington, VT – A new technology is being studied by the University of Vermont, a utility and an emerging technology company in hopes of reducing phosphorous runoff into Lake Champlain. The new technology, which uses an electrical charge on manure before it's used as fertilizer, is so far, also eliminating an ancient farm problem - manure smell. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more...

Pittsfield, MA – Monday the anti-defamation league released its annual audit of anti-semitic incidents nationwide. Included in the report were four that transpired in the Berkshires. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has the details of the report as well as how some have responded to the incidents;

amherst, ma – Politicians and farm advocates are trying to get more locally-produced food into the dining halls of Western Massachusetts institutions.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has a report.

Burlington, VT – The Vermont Housing Finance Agency has raised its mortgage loan eligibility limits for both income and house prices. But while that means more Vermonters will be able to obtain low interest loans, there is still a shortage of affordable homes available to buy. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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