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      More COVID-19 testing is going to be available this month in the largest city in western Massachusetts, as new challenges emerge to keeping the virus in check.

Colchester Chief of Police Jennifer Morrison
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Turmoil among leadership of the Burlington, Vermont police department is continuing. The department has had three interim police chiefs since last December. Now, Jennifer Morrison is on her way out, too.

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Berkshire County’s sole daily newspaper – The Berkshire Eagle – will reduce its print schedule from seven days to five days a week beginning early next month. The paper announced the change in its own pages, citing changing trends in the news industry for producers and consumers. WAMC spoke with Executive Editor Kevin Moran about the move, and the paper’s corresponding plans to increase digital operations.

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Following guidance from public health authorities, the National Park Service is increasing access to the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, one of the area’s top attractions.

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Vermont’s Congressional delegation and Burlington officials have announced that the Burlington International Airport will receive federal funding for noise monitoring.

Vermont Racial Justice Alliance Director Mark Hughes
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A racial justice advocate has resigned from the Burlington Police Commission.

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    Environmental activists fear a climate bill in the Massachusetts legislature will breathe new life into a long-proposed biomass power plant in Springfield.

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The Berkshire Hills Regional School District Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to rename Monument Valley Regional Middle School in Great Barrington the W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School. 

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In August, the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs declared that the state was experiencing significant drought conditions. This morning, city leaders in Pittsfield announced new water conservation measures for the community. WAMC spoke with Commissioner Ricardo Morales of the city’s Department of Public Services and Utilities about the new voluntary restrictions — just the first level of a multi-tiered plan if the drought continues to intensify.

The head of the Vermont Sheriffs Association says the organization's website was breached and the names and addresses of some members were stolen.

Police say a small plane crashed at Vermont's Morrisville-Stowe State Airport Thursday and two people were injured.

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Schools in Vermont open next Tuesday. Most are adopting hybrid operations, and schools and parents are in the final week of preparing for the new system. On Wednesday evening Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger hosted a forum on Reopening the Burlington School System to discuss the district’s readiness and take questions from residents.

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After being postponed this summer, Berkshire County’s largest LGBTQ+ celebration has been canceled. 

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger held a COVID briefing Wednesday afternoon during which he presented information on several projects the city is working on. He didn’t mention protests that have been occurring in the downtown for over a week until questioned at the end of his presentations.

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All five members of Berkshire County’s legislative delegation went unchallenged in the Massachusetts Democratic primary on Tuesday.

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After the Massachusetts primary, Berkshire County politicians are taking stock of their endorsements.

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Holyoke, Massachusetts Mayor Alex Morse was back in the Paper City last night to concede after his bid to unseat Congressman Richard Neal in the 1st House district fell short. WAMC was there.

A new report from the Vermont Health Department found that almost all the victims of fatal drug overdoses in 2017 had contact with at least one state agency prior to their death.

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At Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s COVID-19 briefing today, the key topics were the state’s plan to create an education hub program and a new coronavirus outbreak that the health department is investigating.

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Voters across Massachusetts are going to the polls for primary day today.

One of three black bear cubs orphaned by the recent death of their famous mother has been captured and will be taken to a rehabilitation center for the winter.

The Vermont Health Department is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 in Rutland County.

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All five members of Berkshire County’s legislative delegation are running unchallenged in the September 1st Massachusetts primary.

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COVID-19 cases have been reported at two of Northern Berkshire County’s major cultural institutions: MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts and Williams College in Williamstown.

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      The number of new COVID-19 cases in the largest city in western Massachusetts remains low, but officials are concerned that could change as local colleges welcome students back. 

Four ballots - one pink, one blue, one green, and one purple - are attached to a wall.
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As Massachusetts prepares for in-person voting in Tuesday’s primary, town and city clerks around Berkshire County have already seen unprecedented turnout through mail-in and early balloting.

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The state of Vermont is considering a plan to help the state’s ski resorts during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott held his latest COVID-19 update Friday morning. Agency heads provided updates on several issues including a possible cluster of the coronavirus.

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In 2017, University of Vermont Professor of Economics Stephanie Seguino issued “Driving While Black and Brown in Vermont.” The report analyzed traffic stop data by police agencies across the state.  It found significant disparities in stops and searches of Black and Hispanic drivers versus white drivers.  Seguino and her co-researchers have now published an update showing that there is still widespread racial bias in traffic stops.  Professor Seguino tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that updating the data was motivated both by racial unrest nationally and the Vermont Legislature’s current review of policing policies.

A black man with a face mask on, a hat, and an NAACP sign kneels in a sun-dappled grassy park surrounded by other masked people
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The Berkshire County Branch of the NAACP is holding a Black Lives Matter protest in Pittsfield, Massachusetts this weekend following the police shooting of African-American man Jacob Blake in Wisconsin earlier this month. 

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