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Great Barrington, MA – The average family now spends about one-third of its income to educate a child at a private four year college, that's according to a report from the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, known as Mass Inc. That same study found a family whose child is educated at a public, four-year, college spends 21 percent of its income to educate that child. With more, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;

Washington, DC – Democratic U.S. Representatives James McGovern of Worcester and John Olver of Amherst were among five congress members willingly arrested Friday outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff reports.

HOLYOKE, MA – It's getting warmer out and that means the air conditioners will soon be cranking up. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff takes a look at the forecast for energy use in New England this summer.

Pownal, VT – History isn't something that tops many young students' list of favorite subjects.
And Karol Holmcomb's south western Vermont elementary school class was no different. But WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, spoke with her students to learn how she got their attention.

Boston, MA – A task force that would combat gang activity in a Western Massachusetts county could be one step closer to being realized. With More WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;

Montpelier, VT – On Monday, Vermont becomes the second state in the nation to mandate that cigarettes sold within its borders be self-extinguishing. Vermont is following New York's lead in requiring such fire-safe cigarettes. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Vernon, VT – The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant has received two key regulatory approvals. The state Public Service Board approved the plant's plan to store highly radioactive waste in concrete and steel canisters on the plant's grounds in Vernon. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, meanwhile, has granted permission for Vermont Yankee to take the last step in its effort to increase power output by twenty percent. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.

Hadley, MA – A private school in Hadley, MA is trying to secure funding for a major solar energy project. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.

Pittsfield, MA – The controversial PCB clean-up near an elementary school in Pittsfield, Massachusetts continues. Based on newly released test results, state and local health officials say there is no health threat but members of an environmental group disagree. With more, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo"

Hartford, CT – A commuter rail line between Springfield, Massachusetts and major cities in Connecticut is one step closer to becoming a reality. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief reports.

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.

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