New England News

https://www.facebook.com/pg/tomwickhamforsenate

As Massachusetts Democratic State Senator Adam Hinds comes to the end of his first term representing the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden district, he’ll face a primary opponent from Lee Selectman Thomas Wickham. Wickham is a self-employed carpenter who’s served on the Lee select board for five years. Wickham has spent more than a decade on the Lee planning board in a variety of roles, including chair, and he’s also been the chair of the energy committee for six years. Wickham has been a delegate to the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission. He spoke to WAMC about his plans to challenge Hinds September 4th.

WikiMedia Commons

Additional mosquitoes in Connecticut have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

WikiMedia Commons

The Vermont Public Utility Commission is postponing its decision on the sale of Vermont Yankee until after it receives federal approval.

Springfield City Library

Bids are being sought to build a new state-funded branch library in Springfield, Massachusetts.  It is a project that is moving forward after decades of discussion. 

Jim Levulis

A former staff member at the shuttered Eagleton School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to abuse charges.

MGMSpringfield

      The casino opening in Massachusetts next month will have free parking for both patrons and the general public.

Josh Landes

Williams College in northern Berkshire County recently opened its new science center, a key component of the school’s sweeping overhaul of its science program. WAMC Josh Landes toured the facility.

Springfield City Council

       As they prepare to vote on zoning regulations for recreational marijuana stores, a delegation of city councilors from Springfield, Massachusetts took a fact-finding trip to Denver, Colorado.

Deb Snell announcing the nurses' strike plan earlier this month
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Representatives of 1,800 unionized nurses from Vermont's largest medical center are planning more face-to-face meetings with hospital administrators in hopes of averting a two-day strike planned for later this week.

www.judithknight.com

Judith Knight is one of three Democrats running in the September 4th primary for Berkshire District Attorney. Knight, a private practice attorney, says she’s running a campaign based on progressive values, and wants to see the DA’s office extend more community outreach. She ran unsuccessfully for the office in 2006 against then-DA David Capeless, and says her 30 years of experience in criminal defense makes her the best candidate for the job.

https://www.mass.gov

The wives of Berkshire District Attorneys past and present are getting involved in the Democratic primary campaign.

Crews are searching for a boater in Lake St. Catherine in Vermont.

Volunteers from SunCommon build a portable solar-powered trailer
SunCommon

A solar company in Vermont is building small trailers that will bring charging stations, water filtration and lighting to Puerto Rico, which remains devastated from Hurricane Maria nearly a year later.

Josh Landes

About two months before primary day, two Democratic candidates for Berkshire District Attorney are exchanging pointed criticism about their ability to serve effectively.

Josh Landes

A Western Massachusetts family services organization has once again sent Berkshire students to California to participate in a concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Vermont is preparing to regulate a new health insurance option offered by Republican President Trump's administration, citing concerns the plans may not be financially solvent and may leave consumers vulnerable to fraud.

wikipedia.org

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees is expected to approve the sale of the university's former West Hartford branch campus to a global financial technology company for $5.2 million.

https://www.wikipedia.org/

As the legislative session draws to a close in Massachusetts, State Senator Adam Hinds says some major tasks remain unfinished. 

Springfield, MA Police Department badge
Facebook: Springfield Police Department

Authorities say a police officer opened fire on a man who struck him with his car in western Massachusetts.

Deb Snell announcing the nurses' strike plan earlier this month
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Unionized nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center stood outside the state’s largest hospital on Monday to announce that they will go on strike next week.

Josh Landes

The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has designated a cooling station for residents celebrating Independence Day downtown. 

Josh Landes

The Pittsfield Suns’ baseball game Wednesday night is the opening act for the biggest fireworks display in Berkshire County.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker
WAMC

Governor Charlie Baker is planning to sign a bill that would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from people considered a danger to themselves or others.

A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate has been fined $250 after a judge determined he'd shirked his duties as a lawyer so he could appear on a radio show to promote his campaign.

Josh Landes

Over the weekend, hundreds gathered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to join nationwide demonstrations against the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

UVM Medical Center nurses' union announce intent to strike
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Unionized nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center have notified management that they will walk out on strike next week.

https://www.facebook.com/JoshZakim/

Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim is a 34-year-old attorney and community activist running for Massachusetts Secretary of State. He pulled off a major upset at the state Democratic convention in June by winning his party’s endorsement. Almost 55 percent of delegates choose him over 23-year incumbent William Galvin. The primary is September 4th. During a visit to Pittsfield, Zakim spoke with WAMC about his vision for the office, his upstart campaign, and voting rights in the Trump era.

Vermont's plan to pay people up to $10,000 to move to the state and work remotely might be working a little too well.

WikiMedia Commons

With sky-high temperatures in the forecast Vermont's largest electric utility is warning people about the dangers of swimming near hydroelectric facilities.

Jail cell
Flickr

The head of Connecticut's prison system is promising improved care as his department takes over the inmates' health system from the University of Connecticut.

Pages