New England News

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Union nurses have issued a vote of no confidence with the University of Vermont Medical Center's Board of Trustees.

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Trailblazing dance icon Arthur Mitchell died this week at 84. WAMC’s Josh Landes reports his legacy is being celebrated in the Berkshires.

Vermont labor officials say the state's unemployment rate held steady at 2.8 percent in August.

Lake Placid fall foliage (file photo)
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There are varying predictions of what to expect as we approach this year’s fall foliage season — a key tourism driver in the Northeast.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley checked in with a forester who has been studying Vermont’s trees for decades.


   Now that MGM has opened the $960 million resort casino in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the company is facing a deadline to commit to a project to build off-site housing.

Drew Herzig

A forum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts tonight will explore the black experience in Berkshire County.

      The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is beginning its 75th concert season.

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The Vermont Department of Health is recommending every school test its water for lead after the state found contamination in 16 schools.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces proposed Clean Water Resiliency plan
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Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a plan Thursday afternoon that is intended to solve the city's wastewater and stormwater runoff problems.

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News that the Berkshire District Attorney will attempt to hold his seat in November’s general election after losing the Democratic primary raises a host of new questions. 

Super Galaxy jets lined up on the tarmac
Westover Air Reserve Base

      A major aircraft modernization by the U.S. Air Force wrapped up Thursday at an air base in western Massachusetts.

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The annual Walk A Mile fundraiser for the Elizabeth Freeman Center will take center stage tonight at the last Third Thursday of the season in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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A Massachusetts doctor who shared private patient information with a pharmaceutical sales representative has been sentenced to a year of probation.

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Vermont's out-of-state inmates being housed in Pennsylvania will be moved to a prison in Mississippi, after complaints about treatment, medical care and several inmate deaths.


         Facing competition from the new MGM Springfield casino, a western Massachusetts city has unveiled a plan to market itself.


    Military people who have helped track the financing of terrorist cells around the world are putting their skills to use in the war on drugs in Massachusetts. 

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From the day he was installed by Governor Charlie Baker in March, it’s been a battle for Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello to hold on to the seat. His September 4th loss to attorney Andrea Harrington in the bruising Democratic primary looked like it might have spelled the end for the 30-year veteran of the office. But WAMC has learned Caccaviello is mounting a write-in campaign. He tells WAMC that he’s just begun to fight.

Elizabeth Freeman Center Website

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Kim Rivers, a board member for the Elizabeth Freeman Center, which provides leadership and services to address domestic and sexual violence in Berkshire County. The pair also discuss tomorrow's Walk A Mile fundraiser.

Vermont Statehouse summer 2018
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The independent candidates for Vermont governor say they are frustrated and feel that voters are forgetting they exist.

A popular ski touring center in Vermont will not reopen for the winter season.

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Corrections officials are hoping to finalize a contract this week to move about 228 Vermont inmates housed in Pennsylvania to a privately run prison in Mississippi following complaints about conditions and health care and several inmate deaths.

For many immigrants, the path to U.S. citizenship is fraught with fears of deportation, separation from family, and confusion about legal requirements. Wednesday night, the Berkshire Immigrant Center is holding a Citizenship Workshop at its headquarters in St. Stephen’s Church in downtown Pittsfield. WAMC spoke with Brooke Mead, the center’s executive director, about what immigrants and the community around them can learn from the session.

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Organizers of a free weekly event in North Adams, Massachusetts want to boost cycling in the city of roughly 13,000.

Multiple defense attorneys are questioning Vermont's use of drug recognition experts who test people suspected to be under the influence of a substance other than alcohol.

Bump Fire Stock mounted on a GP WASR-10/36 AK-47

Vermont state police barracks are accepting the rapid-fire devices attached to guns known as bump stocks that will become illegal on Oct. 1 under new state gun restrictions.

Frontier airplane
Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines has expanded flights at several regional airports.


   The first resort casino in Massachusetts raked in almost $9.5 million in revenue in just its first 8 days in business.


     An early childhood education center that will be part of an innovative national network of preschools is under construction in western Massachusetts.

Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire

Hundreds of cultural councils around Massachusetts disperse state money to arts initiatives. The group that represents Northern Berkshire County has some new faces as it enters a fresh round of funding.

A senior executive at the largest employer in Berkshire County says Berkshire Health Systems opposes a Massachusetts ballot question that would impose staffing minimums on hospitals.