BERKSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have called off a second strike planned for June 18 and reached a tentative agreement with the hospital.

Entrance to the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum.
Courtesy Baseball in the Berkshires Museum

With more empty storefronts than full ones, the 30-year-old Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts, has seen better days. But near Spencer Gifts and a now-shuttered Hollister, something rather unexpected is alive and well: baseball.

Television set with static.
Alex Watson / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/sifter

A cable company in Berkshire County is pulling another Massachusetts-based TV station off of its systems. And that's upset some residents and lawmakers. 

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

About 800 unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, are ready to go on strike again June 18. 

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
Wally Gobetz / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/wallyg

With all of the paperwork in, more than half of incumbent state legislators from western Massachusetts will get a free ride during this year's elections.

Nurses on the picket line at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass. during a one-day strike in June 2017.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Massachusetts Nurses Association and Baystate Franklin Medical Center have reached a settlement on a new contract.

Ciro, a retired police dog, is led into the Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital for his last call.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

Earlier this week, police officers from across western Massachusetts paid their respects to a fellow member of the force: a terminally ill dog from the Pittsfield K-9 unit.

Live racing was popular at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds in the last century.
Courtesy Fair Grounds Community Redevelopment Project / State House News Service

Horse racing could make a return to the fairgrounds in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, as soon as next year. The operators of the Suffolk Downs race track in East Boston have a deal to lease the Berkshire County facility.

Live racing was popular at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds in the last century.
Courtesy Fair Grounds Community Redevelopment Project / State House News Service

There's a new effort afoot to reestablish thoroughbred racing in the southern Berkshires, and the people behind the movement are coming to Beacon Hill with a legislative request to accommodate the new arrangement.

Mug shot of Alexander Ciccolo.
Department of Justice

There's still a lot unknown about the federal terrorism case against Alexander Ciccolo, and the 25-year-old's decision to plead guilty Monday in exchange for a 20-year prison sentence.

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