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Some local jails in western Massachusetts will be part of a pilot program under an opioid bill that passed in the final hours of the legislative session.

For the first time, a city in western Massachusetts will deploy special police officers. It is a unique public safety plan that required a special act of the state legislature and the approval of the governor.           

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Police say a man lost control of a car at a Connecticut auto auction after apparently suffering a medical emergency behind the wheel and crashed into another vehicle and pedestrians.

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Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello has overseen what he describes as an “evolution” of his office in the midst of a hotly contested Democratic primary.

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The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation says two elementary schools in the state have chemical levels in their drinking water above a safe standard.

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Vermont will be the site of next month's annual meeting of the New England Governors and the Eastern Canadian premiers.

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A coalition has announced the public phase of a campaign to conserve 163 acres of shoreline forest in the city of Burlington, Vermont.

         Massachusetts State Police have vowed to keep a close watch over a western Massachusetts town after the entire local police force quit Monday night.

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The first worker-owned cooperative commercial greenhouse in Massachusetts marked a milestone today as freshly harvested lettuce was delivered to local stores.

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After a 2016 referendum formalized the new position of town administrator in Pownal, Vermont, it’s been a long road to filling the seat. Now, two and a half years later, Michael Walker — formerly of Wappinger Falls, New York — has been hired to take the job. He spoke with WAMC about how he came into the position, what is expected of him as the inaugural town administrator, and how the people of Pownal can make sure he hears their needs.

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The city of Burlington, Vermont’s 2018 fiscal year budget included $500,000 to launch an Early Learning Initiative. During this month’s City Council meeting, grant awards were approved that will help organizations expand or create child care availability for infants and toddlers.  The program has been a priority since Mayor Miro Weinberger was first elected in 2012. Now in his third term, the Democrat says the grants fund a vital program for the city and its children.

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The entire four-member police department in Blanford, Massachusetts has resigned, citing poor equipment and unsafe working conditions.

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A cash reward is being offered in the search for a man suspected in the death of a 33-year-old Vermont mother.

President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for five Vermont counties that were damaged during severe storms in early May.

Senator Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" plan would boost government health spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, requiring historic tax hikes, according to  a study released Monday by a university-based libertarian policy center.

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

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     Labor leaders from across Massachusetts met in Springfield Monday to discuss a national problem that could prevent millions of workers from collecting pensions they’re counting on in retirement.

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Another former employee of the shuttered Eagleton School for young men with emotional and behavioral issues has pleaded guilty to charges related to abuse.

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Over the next few months on WAMC, we’re going to take you inside MASS MoCA in North Adams. The largest contemporary art museum in North America is allowing WAMC to follow the full course of an exhibition — from conception to opening. This is part one of our series Mind Of The Museum.

An organization committed to keeping young men out of the poverty-to-prison pipeline is expanding its presence in western Massachusetts.

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A winter homeless shelter that offers 20 beds at a church in Vermont's capital city is being funded for a second year.

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Another Vermont developer is looking to invest in a St. Johnsbury apartment complex project.

An organization committed to keeping young men out of the poverty-to-prison pipeline is expanding its presence in western Massachusetts.

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he plans to introduce a resolution that calls for declassifying all remaining documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Vermont's capital city has been selected to host a major regional arts conference.

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The City Council in Montpelier, Vermont, says it has an emergency action plan to identify and combat the invasive emerald ash borer recently detected in the capital city.

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has awarded $57 million to 19 projects in Massachusetts to create or preserve more than 1,300 apartments for low-income tenants. 

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    The Massachusetts economy expanded at a torrid pace in the second quarter of this year, according to a report released Friday. 

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With the 2019 Massachusetts budget signed into law by Republican Governor Charlie Baker Thursday, Democratic State Senator Adams Hinds is touting education funding for the western part of the state. 

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A trio of U.S. House representatives, including Vermont Democrat Peter Welch, introduced legislation this week aimed at lowering prescription drug prices.

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