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A non-profit in Adams, Massachusetts is holding a fundraiser in the form of an all-day musical festival Saturday. 

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     The professional football season kicks off this week, but Massachusetts residents looking to place a legal wager on a game without traveling out-of-state are out of luck.

A man stands behind a podium with a Hampshire College logo in a wooden structure
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Over the last year, Hampshire College has faced financial uncertainty and abrupt leadership transitions. This week, the private liberal arts school in Amherst, Massachusetts opened its doors to an incoming class of just 13 after its board voted to not accept a full roster of students in January. New college president Ed Wingenbach — who replaced Miriam “Mim” Nelson after her resignation in April — spoke to WAMC about what he told the college community at its first gathering of the school year, as well as his response to emails between the college and UMass about a possible merger that the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported on.

F-35
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F-35 opponents in Burlington are planning a march and rally Friday evening.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott  (file photo)
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The Vermont State Ethics Commission has withdrawn an advisory opinion that found Republican Governor Phil Scott had a conflict of interest with a construction business he once co-owned.

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WAMC board member Judy Grunberg — a popular businesswoman, arts leader and longtime Chatham resident — is being mourned following her death on August 30th.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger opens Housing Summit
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A housing summit was held in Burlington Wednesday evening.  It was a follow-up to a June summit that identified five action areas for the city to create and implement affordable housing policies.

Berkshire Humane Society

The Berkshire Humane Society is taking in animals living in the path of Hurricane Dorian.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts native Mike Merriam is challenging four-term Ward 4 City Councilor Christopher Connell in this fall’s municipal election. The ward consists of the city's largely suburban and rural southeastern quadrant. Merriam is a FedEx employee who previously ran for city council in Ward 2 in 2015. He tells WAMC that he doesn’t see Connell offering the kind of representation that his community deserves.

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The largest fire department in Berkshire County has a new chief.

  Recreational marijuana stores are opening with greater frequency now across Massachusetts. However, there are none so far in the largest city in western Massachusetts.  The Springfield City Council will soon weigh approving four cannabis stores.

Shirley Edgerton

Shirley Edgerton is the cultural proficiency coach of the public schools in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. On Tuesday, the city’s “Welcome Back To School” event brought in community members to offer students support and encouragement on the first day of the academic year. Edgerton spoke to WAMC about how community relationships with the school system can bridge systemic gaps in Pittsfield.

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    A committee has recommended funding 15 projects in the second year of the Community Preservation Act in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Dan Feltes
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New Hampshire’s Senate Majority Leader is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

Deer with Chronic Wasting Disease
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The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding hunters who travel outside the state about restrictions on the importation of deer and elk carcasses.

Senator Patrick Leahy (left) and Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine announce grant to strengthen opioid prevention programs
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy was at the Burlington offices of the state Health Department Tuesday morning to announce a federal grant to help the state respond to opioid overdoses and strengthen prevention efforts.

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     The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts is scheduled to vote tonight on creating two new historic districts downtown.  

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    A public memorial is being organized for Frances Crowe, the trailblazing anti-war activist who died last week at the age of 100 in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Three hospitals serving Vermont and New Hampshire are considering merging their services.

A Vermont bankruptcy judge is allowing a bank to remove snowmaking equipment purchased with money it loaned to a now shuttered ski resort.

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The Pittsfield, Massachusetts police department says one of its cruisers was involved in a collision.

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The head of a major national real estate company based in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has given a rare interview to WAMC to talk about his life and work.

New Hampshire Governor Christopher T. Sununu
State of New Hampshire

In the wake of the June 21st deaths of seven motorcyclists in Randolph, New Hampshire caused by a Massachusetts driver with a suspended license, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu this week announced that the Granite State is reforming its DMV processes.

As the marijuana industry continues to take hold in Massachusetts, Berkshire Community College is developing a unique cannabis certificate course with a local dispensary.

Brece Honeycutt

This summer, Sheffield, Massachusetts-based Brece Honeycutt is the artist in residence at Naumkeag, the historic mansion in Stockbridge. Since mid-June, she’s been hard at work translating the natural beauty of the Berkshire hills around the residence into an art project housed in a barn on the grounds. Honeycutt spoke to WAMC about her work before today’s open studio event, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Axe
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This week, Burlington city councilors reviewed an application for a new liquor license. They discussed whether alcohol would appropriately mix with the entertainment the business owner plans at the venue: axe throwing.

Suffolk Downs

As locals raise questions about the potential return of horse racing to Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the company eyeing the town is trying to answer them.

A federal judge says a civil lawsuit filed by Vermont residents seeking damages from PFOA contamination in their Bennington neighborhood can proceed as a class-action lawsuit.

Burlington Town Center rendering
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Burlington City Councilors heard an update on a stalled downtown redevelopment project at their meeting Monday evening. They were displeased with the lack of information provided by developers as to when construction will restart on what has become an eyesore in the center of the downtown.

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The four candidates competing in this fall’s Pittsfield, Massachusetts mayoral election debated for the first time Monday night.

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