Hampden County's Regional Employment Board has received an infusion of state money to train workers in precision manufacturing. A $150,000 grant will go toward the second phase of the Precision Manufacturing Regional Alliance Project.
Seven proposed charter school teams in Massachusetts have been invited to submit final applications to the state for schools slated to open in the fall of 2012 or 2013. Three of the proposals are from western Massachusetts. New England Public Radio's Jill Kaufman reports.
This week Morning Edition Extra from New England Public Radio News: Multinational corporations are turning to Verite, an Amherst, MA based NGO to develop more fair labor practices in their factories overseas ; Bishop Bryant Robinson talks about the reopening of Springfield's Church of Macedonia in Christ, almost 3 years after it was set on fire; Sunderland, Massachusetts, farmer and commentator Tim Wilcox is taking the weather more seriously these days; and a slice of the region's apple harvest. All that plus the regional round up of people in the news.
The weather has always been unpredictable, but after this season, western Massachusetts farmer Tim Wilcox is taking "a chance of rain in the forecast" more seriously. Tim Wilcox and his wife Caroline Pam grow vegetables at the Kitchen Garden farm in Sunderland, Massachusetts.
Apple and PIXAR co-founder Steve Jobs was a high tech visionary whose creativity was known worldwide, including in Amherst, Massachusetts. Hampshire College filmmaker media professor Chris Perry says Jobs left a lasting impression on him. Perry came to the region from PIXAR where he worked as a technical director on "A Bugs Life" and "Finding Nemo". He was also a graphics software engineer on "Toy Story 2.
Here's the rundown for Morning Edition Extra for Friday September 30th 2011: