New England News

Great Barrington, MA – Berkshire County's second highest peak, and the trails leading to it were closed Friday to hikers after a wildfire blazed through the night and into the early morning. And, as Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports, fire departments throughout the Northeast region are hoping for rain soon.

springfield, ma – A judge in Massachusetts has ordered the city of Springfield to give teachers nearly $3 million in back pay.

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

Great Barrington, MA – Public radio listeners will be able to put a face with at least two well-known voices at the first annual Berkshire International Film Festival in May. The festival will host the New England premiere of a Prairie Home Companion. With more, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;

Pittsfield, MA – Pittsfield, Massachusetts is joining the ranks of several other Berkshire County communities with its decision to draft a Master Plan to help shape the city in the midst of a revitalization. Details from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;

St. Albans, VT – At least one Vermont newspaper has taken initial steps to cancel its membership with the Associated Press. The publisher of the St. Albans Messenger says the national and international news organization has been too tight-lipped over the termination of its highly respected Vermont Bureau Chief, and questions whether he, or his readers, can trust the AP any longer. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

amherst, ma – The University of Massachusetts Amherst is celebrating the release of the school's graduate, Jill Carroll from captors in Iraq.

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

Great Barrington, MA – The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled out-of-state gay couples can't marry there if their home state has outlawed gay marriage. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports on the reaction:

Holyoke, ma – The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education convened a task force in Boston on Wednesday to study why the state's community colleges graduate fewer students than other states. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Great Barrington, MA – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court has ruled that same-sex couples from other states cannot marry in that state. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has a report on the ruling and the reaction:

Pittsfield, MA – A defense attorney has emerged as a challenger in the Berkshire County District Attorney's race. Judith Knight objects to what she calls DA David Capeless' "inflexible" stance on drug prosecution. Details from Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Springfield, Massachusetts is applying for state grants to help fight gangs in the city. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

Montpelier, VT – The East Haven Windfarm proposed for Vermont's Northeast Kingdom will have to rely on two members of the Public Service Board to determine if it will be approved. That's because the chair of the 3-member board has withdrawn from further deliberations in the matter. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Florida, MA – A proposal being considered by two Western Massachusetts communities would eliminate the need for tri-annual tax revenue negotiations on a 20 turbine wind project. Details from our Berkshire Bureau chief Carrie Saldo;

Pittsfield, MA – Three Berkshire County institutions have received the largest gifts in their recent history, all from the bequest of one woman. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has the story;

Vernon, VT – The Vermont Yankee Nuclear plant increased its power by five percent earlier this month. An analysis has been forwarded to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to determine whether the plant can continue a planned incremental increase totaling twenty percent.
WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

BOSTON, mA – Motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of teenagers. In the wake of a number of recent deadly crashes involving teens, Massachusetts is considering a bill that would give the state the toughest licensing laws in the country.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief has the details.

Great Barrington, MA – Massachusetts State Senator Andrea Nuciforo is preparing for yet another election. But this time he's seeking voter approval to run the Middle Berkshire Registry of Deeds. WAMC Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo spoke with Nuciforo about the reasons for his surprise decision first revealed a week ago.

BOSTON, MA – Researchers in Massachusetts report that New Englanders have significantly higher rates of asthma than those in other areas of the country. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief has the details.

Burlington, VT – The fallout continues from last week's firing by the Associated Press of its veteran and well-respected Vermont Bureau Chief. News organizations, and even the state's top political figures, are demanding an explanation. One which the AP says will not be forth coming because it's a personnel issue. Our North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.

CAMBRIDGE, MA – There's growing concern among critics of standardized testing about the integrity of SAT college entrance exam scores. Last week, The College Board revealed that it initially understated how many students were affected by scoring errors on its October 2005 SAT exam. The testing agency now says 4,411 students received incorrectly low scores. All this comes at the critical college admissions decision season.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

BOSTON, MA – With the former Massachusetts Secretary for Public Safety Ed Flynn now heading Springfield's Police Department, Governor Romney has appointed Robert Haas as Flynn's replacement.

Haas took office this week and WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff spoke with Haas about the challenges Massachusetts faces.

Pittsfield, MA – The Berkshire Historical Society is showcasing Pittsfield, Massachusetts gilded-age era this summer at the Arrowhead Museum. Our Berkhsire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo spoke with Gilded age scholar Carole Owens to get the details;

Pittsfield, MA – The race for Berkshire County's sole senate seat is heating up, at least among the democrats. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo has the details of who's in thus far;

WESTFIELD, MA – Legislation making its way through the Massachusetts State House could give Bay State residents more protection against identity theft.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

SPRINGFIELD, MA – With all of Springfield, Massachusetts's financial problems, school vandalism might not seem the most pressing concern.

But as WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports, the projected cost of repairs this year is shocking some city officials..

dartmouth, ma – Much of the business at Connecticut's major casinos comes from out of state travelers. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports that Massachusetts residents account for a considerable share of that spending.

Lenox, Massachusetts – The push for development and the desire to maintain open space is a common issue in many Northeast region towns. In Lenox, Massachusetts, a town forum to gauge public opinion about development re-affirmed what town government is well aware of: its bucolic setting is of primary importance to many residents. And as Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Carrie Saldo reports, many residents want to make sure it stays that way;

AMHERST, MA – As the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, continues its downward financial spiral, the role of the the city's Finance Control Board becomes even more crucial. Control Board Chairman Alan LeBovidge was at Umass Amherst this morning.

WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff spoke with LeBovidge about the plight of Springfield and current issues the board and the city face.

Pittsfield, MA – An art installation designed to help educate the public about abuse and violence has been moved to a park near City Hall in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. A more prominent location in the middle of the city has been ruled out after some locals complained that the installation would send the wrong message. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, spoke with Gabrielle Senza who is the artist spearheading the project;

Plattsburgh, NY – This is the winter that wasn't for many winter sports enthusiasts. Most ski areas in the region have relied on their snow making capabilities, but other winter sports, like snowmobilers and those who ice-fish, must rely on Mother Nature's whims. Many sportsmen, and the region's winter economy, are depressed over the past season, now that spring has officially begun. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

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