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An effort by Great Barrington residents to overturn the town’s May vote to ban single use plastic water bottles has fallen short. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes reports from last night’s special town meeting.

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Vermont State Police

Authorities say a man on the run from police in Vermont drove into a lake in an attempt to escape.

The Vermont Health Department says tests have confirmed that a resident has died of a rare complication of Lyme disease.

UVM President Tom Sullivan
University of Vermont

The president of the University of Vermont has announced that he will step down at the end of this upcoming school year.

The Sun photographed at 304 angstroms by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA 304) of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). This is a false-color image of the Sun observed in the extreme ultraviolet region of the spectrum.
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Several Vermont electric utilities are urging customers to conserve energy as temperatures rise across New England.

An organization representing Massachusetts sheriffs says it supports legislation that would require some inmates to receive medications to treat their drug addictions while locked up.

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        Massachusetts casino regulators say hiring goals for the state’s first resort casino are on track to be met or exceeded.

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Law enforcement is increasing its video surveillance footprint across the largest city in western Massachusetts as preparations continue for a large influx of daily visitors.

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A rare special town meeting is set for tonight in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC has a preview.

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Unions representing about 1,000 Consolidated Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are going to be voting in a matter of days on tentative contract agreements.

Efforts to bring retail marijuana stores to the largest city in western Massachusetts are accelerating.

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The shooting of a bear last month is stirring strong feelings in Berkshire County. 

Massachusetts officials say a jail guard's tattoo is a reference to his college football playing days in Vermont and is not a Nazi symbol.

Hunger Mountain summit
Guidebook to Hunger Mountain 2017 / Vermont Forest Parks and Recreation

About 1,800 acres of land that are part of a popular hiking area along Vermont's Hunger Mountain just east of Montpelier will be protected with $2.6 million in funding from the nation's Forest Legacy Program.

A rendering of part of the interior of the new East Forest Park Library Branch.
Springfield City Library

Bids have been opened to build a new Massachusetts state-funded library branch in Springfield.

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts is holding a special town meeting Monday night to revisit its May vote to ban single use plastic water bottles.

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Williamstown Town Manager Jason Hoch is the hired chief administrator of the town of around 7,800. It’s located in the hilly Northwest corner of Massachusetts just south of the Vermont line. Hoch sat down with WAMC this week to talk about the town’s role in Berkshire County and what’s on his desk for the rest of the year. Hoch is a Williams College alum, making his return to the Northern Berkshires a homecoming.

Screencap of Vermont Democratic Primary Forum. From left: John Rodgers, Ethan Sonneborn, James Ehlers, Christine Hallquist, Brenda Siegel and moderator Xander Landen
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Primary day in Vermont is just days away. Thursday evening, the Democratic candidates for governor debated a number of issues.

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         Massachusetts casino regulators met in Springfield Thursday for the final time before the opening in 21 days of the state’s first resort casino in the heart of downtown Springfield.

Governor Phil Scott (left) introduces new state Education Secretary Dan French (right)
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott has appointed the state’s new education secretary.

Emerald Ash Borer
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Officials say the invasive emerald ash borer has been found in the southern Vermont town of Stamford.

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Vermont State Police

A Vermont woman who shot and killed a state social worker and three of her own relatives as revenge for losing custody of her then 9-year-old daughter is appealing her life sentence.

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The two self-described progressives in the Democratic Primary for the Berkshire District Attorney seat are feuding over experience and community support.

Massachusetts casino regulators met in Springfield Thursday for the final time before the opening in 22 days of the state’s first resort casino in the heart of downtown Springfield.

Vermont Statehouse summer 2018
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A top priority for Vermont Governor Phil Scott has been the state’s economy and affordability. The Republican says a key to attaining that goal is strengthening the state’s workforce.  Wednesday, Scott highlighted an increase in Vermont's workforce and discussed initiatives intended to maintain the upward trend.

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Hundreds gathered to watch the three Democratic candidates for Berkshire County District Attorney answer questions about racial discrimination in the court system at a forum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Wednesday night.

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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says the state's workforce is increasing.

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An extensive road resurfacing project in southern Vermont will begin Thursday.

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Green Mountain College

Green Mountain College in Vermont will host a memorial gathering for a student who died in an apparent drowning near campus.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts is exploring a renewable energy option to bolster its energy system in the event of disaster.

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