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Vermont officials say a chemical found to cause cancer has been detected in elevated levels in a Franklin County town's water supply.

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This week, the Vermont Attorney General’s office announced that an investigation into allegations of improper Medicaid claims by the Brattleboro Retreat had been concluded.  T.J. Donovan’s office says while there was no criminal misconduct, the facility needs to make corrections in its procedures.

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A western Massachusetts city has a new police chief. 

    Massachusetts state lawmakers this week passed a budget that increased funding for the agencies that provide public bus service outside greater Boston.   But it may not be enough to prevent cuts to some of that service.  

Sen. Elizabeth Warren in western Mass. in 2017.
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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is heading to the Berkshires this weekend. The Democrat spoke with WAMC in advance of Sunday’s town hall meeting in Great Barrington.


       After six years as superintendent of the only National Park in western Massachusetts, James Woolsey is moving to a new assignment with the National Park Service.

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Auto parts retailer AutoZone has agreed to pay $3.3 million to the Connecticut families of three people who were killed when one of the company's trucks struck their car.

The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts says supervised injection sites for drug users would violate U.S. law and could lead to criminal charges.

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A truck driver using a GPS navigation system drove an oversized box truck through an historic covered bridge that connects New Hampshire and Vermont, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

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A drought-tracking service says that dry conditions are expanding across the Northeast due to warmer than average temperatures.

Vermont general fund revenues have come in about 4.8 percent above forecasts for the previous fiscal year 2018.

Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello clarified the reason for his appearance at the home of a convicted felon at a campaign event this week. 

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Former North Adams Mayor John Barrett now serves as the Democratic State Representative for the 1st Berkshire District of Massachusetts. He’s been in office since November 2017, after winning a special election following the death of State Representative Gailanne Cariddi. After 26 years at the head the smallest city in the commonwealth, the 71-year-old is now tackling statewide politics. He spoke with WAMC about the impact of the new state budget on northern Berkshire County.

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The state budget approved by Massachusetts legislators increases funding for regional transit authorities, but it may not be enough to avoid service cuts.

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The Berkshire Concert Choir held its first Summer Sing of the season Tuesday night.

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Attorneys for an 18-year-old Vermont man accused of planning a mass shooting at his former high school have requested the court grant their client "youthful offender" status.


The Burlington City Council approved a nonbinding resolution this week calling for further study into establishing safe injection sites in the city.

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Eighteen days into the state's new fiscal year, lawmakers on Wednesday approved a $41.9 billion budget, breaking an impasse that has left Massachusetts the only U.S. state without a permanent spending plan.

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Unionized nurses at UVM Medical Center in Burlington returned to work Saturday following a two-day strike. Negotiators plan to return to bargaining sessions with hospital administrators next Tuesday. As the two sides continue to wrangle over a three-year contract, the Burlington City Council weighed in this week — passing a non-binding resolution calling on the parties to find common ground.


       Language on immigration policy was left out of the compromise state budget the Massachusetts legislature will vote on.

      A first step has been taken to ban vaping in public places in the largest city in western Massachusetts. 

The Great Barrington, Massachusetts selectboard dealt with recreational marijuana, Mass Development grants, and more at its Monday night meeting.

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Republicans are criticizing Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy's order for a $10 million study of electronic tolling on key Connecticut highways.

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The Burlington City Council has approved a nonbinding resolution supporting safe injection sites in the city.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez picked up two endorsements in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Monday.


A new project in urban agriculture is launching this week in western Massachusetts.

HUD New England Regional Administrator David Tille announces grant to Vermont
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The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Vermont a $2 million dollar grant to help reduce youth homelessness in the state.

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        It is hurricane preparedness week in Massachusetts.

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The Vermont attorney general's office says it has completed its investigation into the Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital's billing practices and found no criminal misconduct, but did find several areas of billing deficiencies that need to be corrected. The state attorney general says the U.S. attorney general's office reached the same conclusion.

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An early morning fire Monday has destroyed an historic building in downtown Woodstock, Vermont that houses several businesses and two apartments.