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The Vermont Department of Taxes has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the founder of the Hermitage Club properties for not paying taxes.

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Polls will close within the hour – at 7 p.m. – on this primary day in Vermont.  Although many expect a low turnout, clerks reported a steady number of voters coming to the polls this afternoon.

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For Massachusetts voters, Wednesday night is the final deadline to register for the upcoming primaries. 

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   Ten days before the opening of the state’s first resort casino, Massachusetts gaming industry regulators have put restrictions on the use of a large electronic sign promoting attractions at the MGM Springfield casino. 

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Vermonters are going to the polls today to determine statewide primary races. Three Democrats, including the longtime incumbent, are seeking to represent the state in Congress.

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Vermonters are voting Tuesday in the primary election that will choose the November candidates for governor, the U.S. Senate and the House.

High-Profile Races Up For Grabs In Connecticut Primary

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Some of Connecticut's 1.2 million registered Democrats and Republicans will go to the polls to choose their candidates for the November election.

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    A new public transportation service was unveiled today in downtown Springfield as planning continues for an expected influx of daily visitors drawn by the soon-to-open MGM casino.

Facing criticism from the NAACP Berkshire County Branch for skipping a debate, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal says he has a scheduling conflict — and a perfect NAACP voting score. 

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Although August is usually a time for vacations, it’s a busy period in Berkshire County politics, according to Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer. WAMC asked Tyer about her thoughts on the Berkshire District Attorney’s race. The first-term Democrat also shared her reaction to a recent Boston Magazine article’s portrayal of Pittsfield, and delivered an update on recreational marijuana in the city. She also described the city’s involvement in a study to explore the installation of a solar powered microgrid that would protect crucial municipal infrastructure in the event of disaster. Tyer began by discussing a citizens oversight committee for the city’s police department, refuting claims that it doesn’t go far enough to check the force.

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Tuesday is Primary Day in Vermont and Connecticut. In Vermont, there are several high-profile races including the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primary. The incumbent GOP governor faces a challenger and five Democrats hope to advance to the general election.

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A new public transit vehicle will make its debut in western Massachusetts Monday. 

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A North Adams, Massachusetts-based business incubator announced a $450,000 infusion from state and local sources Thursday.

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has had a low-key, but productive week, signing more than 50 bills sent to him by the legislature in the final days of the legislative session. 

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The NAACP Berkshire County Branch says Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat from the first Massachusetts district, has declined an invitation to debate his primary rival in Pittsfield.

The Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars are on a historic tear as they near the Little League World Series.

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In 1988, Rachel Fletcher organized a group of volunteers to help remove charred debris from the banks of the Housatonic River. It was the remnants of a Great Barrington, Massachusetts drug store, gutted by a fire a decade earlier. For Fletcher, what began as a single mission effort became a calling. Her desire to see the river flourish led her to organize the Housatonic River Walk, which has been developing and tending to the half-mile trail behind downtown Great Barrington with volunteer support for the past three decades. Fletcher is retiring next month. She tells WAMC about her favorite memories in service to the river and its community, as well as its future — namely, how to make sure the organization remains financially secure moving forward.

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The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Community Works project is bringing Berkshire locals together with theater professionals for a main stage event opening Sunday.

Officials say a break in a fiber optic cable made the state of Vermont's internet sites unavailable to the public on Wednesday.

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Vermont's capital city is trying a natural way to get rid of poison ivy by grazing goats.

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Following a Berkshire County resident’s encounter with a black bear that left the animal dead in Housatonic last month, WAMC reached out to the state’s chief black bear biologist. David Wattles works for MassWildlife, the state agency that oversees the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth. Wattles explained what his job entails, and says you can minimize run-ins with bears like the one in July.

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Two Democrats are challenging incumbent Congressman Peter Welch in next week’s Vermont primary.  While the three agree on many issues they, clashed on a couple topics during a forum Tuesday evening.

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      A study released by Massachusetts public health officials Wednesday shows the extent that on-the-job injuries play in the opioid crisis.  

   A bill to address the opioid addiction crisis in Massachusetts is on Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk. Passed in the final hours of the legislative session, it includes a provision that would allow some jail inmates to be given drugs to ease their cravings for heroin.

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Five Democrats are running in Vermont’s gubernatorial primary on Tuesday. The only one with legislative experience is state Senator John Rodgers.  He is also the only one of the five who does not fully support all of the gun restrictions passed by the Democratically-controlled legislature and signed by Republican Governor Phil Scott last session.  Rodgers says he had initially decided to run for re-election to the state Senate but agreed to a write-in campaign after a number of people asked him to run in the gubernatorial primary.

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An attempt to end years of complaints and litigation around a controversial trucking business in Great Barrington, Massachusetts failed at Monday night’s special town meeting.

  A consumer group says it tested more than two dozen school supplies and found some that contain hazardous chemicals.

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A judge has rejected an argument from lawyers for a Vermont man facing a second federal death penalty trial that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling should be used to declare his potential punishment unconstitutional.

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Vermont is going to get nearly $19 million for clean water projects.

A consumer group says it tested dozens of school supplies and found some that contain hazardous chemicals.  

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