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         Elected officials want to know how the money from the largest taxpayer in the largest city in western Massachusetts is being spent.  

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One person has died after five people were reportedly shot inside a night club in Hartford, Connecticut early Sunday.

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A boil water advisory has been declared in Burlington, Vermont after a water main break.

Democratic Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has secured funding to re-establish the Northeastern States Research Cooperative.

UVM Medical Center main entrance
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The University of Vermont Health Network — made up of six affiliate hospitals in Vermont and New York — says it's taking steps to address financial troubles after a more than $10 million loss last quarter.

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Vermont Legislature

A member of the Vermont House has resigned due to the responsibilities of his job outside of the Legislature.

The Massachusetts Education Department has released 2019 graduation and drop data and officials in Springfield say initiatives to encourage kids to stay in school and get a diploma are paying off.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts is holding a joint meeting between its finance committee and select board next week on next year’s town budget.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts has appointed a new commissioner of Public Services and Utilities.

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    Elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are trying to build a closer working relationship with organized labor unions.

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Alex Morse is the mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts. He’s also challenging Congressman Richard Neal in this year’s Democratic primary in the 1st Congressional district. This week, Morse sat down with WAMC while campaigning in Pittsfield. He discussed taking on a senior member of his own party, his fundraising, and how he plans to win a district easily carried by Neal in 2018.

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The Vermont Senate has overridden Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of a bill that would increase the state's minimum wage and forwarded the final decision to the House.

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council has voted to ban the sale of animals from breeding mills.

The six story building in Springfield's Court Square known as 31 Elm Street
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   Massachusetts casino regulators appear ready to formally endorse MGM’s role in an urban renewal project in downtown Springfield.

The Vermont Lake Monsters plan to open the 2020 season in June at Centennial Field in Burlington
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Major League Baseball is proposing eliminating 42 minor league teams when their contracts expire at the end of 2020. That has caused an uproar and concern among host communities including Burlington, Vermont — home of the minor league Lake Monsters.

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After decades of waiting, construction is underway on a new affordable housing project in downtown Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Burlington City Hall
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Independent auditors presented their review of Burlington, Vermont’s finances to the City Council this week.  A key weakness is delays in reporting from the city’s clerk-treasurer’s office.

The six story building in Springfield's Court Square known as 31 Elm Street
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A complex and expensive urban renewal project that has confounded developers for decades in the largest city in western Massachusetts may be close to becoming reality.

The Berkshire County District Attorney’s office has closed its investigation into the March 2019 quadruple murder-suicide in Sheffield, Massachusetts that sent shockwaves through the community. Now, newly released documents are shedding some light on the family at the center of the tragedy. A warning – the details of this story are upsetting, and may not be appropriate for all listeners.

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On Monday, U.S. Senator Ed Markey was in Berkshire County for an Environmental Protection Agency press conference on a new cleanup plan for the Housatonic River. The Democrat spoke with WAMC about the plan and the activists who oppose it. Markey also discussed what it was like to see President Donald Trump acquitted on charges of abuse of power in the Senate impeachment trial last week.

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VTDigger has begun a series of meetings over the next year to discuss significant issues affecting Vermont.  The first of the Fast Forward forums, held recently on the UVM campus, was motivated by the outlet’s investigations into corrections facilities and a Seven Days article that exposed allegations of staff misconduct at Vermont’s only women’s prison.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded $1 million per year over the next three years for an ongoing investigation into the impact of bringing casino gambling to the state.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (file)
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says a victory in the New Hampshire primary would put him on a path to capture the Democratic presidential nomination.

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The Vermont Attorney General’s office has found no evidence to support an allegation of misconduct against a Bellows Falls police detective.

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Reaction is mixed today after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement to carry out a new cleanup of the polluted Housatonic River.

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    Massachusetts state legislators Monday announced $250,000 for the UMass Center at Springfield.

The Housatonic River
Housatonic Valley Association

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a settlement designed to further clean up the Housatonic River in western Massachusetts and Connecticut. 

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The largest city in western Massachusetts is looking for a consultant to inventory trees to help plan for future plantings.

A Berkshire County synagogue is holding a public forum this weekend to discuss legislation that would expand access to abortions in Massachusetts.

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City of Pittsfield

The Pittsfield Fire Department says it responded to two unrelated fires in a 12-hour window between Thursday night and Friday morning.

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