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The seal of the the city of North Adams, Massachusetts
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The North Adams, Massachusetts city council has put off a final vote on the 2020 budget. 

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     With summer approaching, multi-million dollar upgrades have been finished at two parks in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

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City of Pittsfield

City councilors in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have approved a budget for the next fiscal year.

Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness

An array of social service and government agencies throughout western Massachusetts have been enlisted to join the fight against homelessness.

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       Gov. Charlie Baker is urging the voice of the business community in Massachusetts to be heard in the current debate over school finance reform. 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott stops in Burlington on Thursday April 4th
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott has approved a bill guaranteeing a woman’s right to an abortion.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott took action on a number of bills Monday, vetoing a measure to create a 24-hour waiting period to buy handguns.

It’s a busy month for a non-profit organization that helps Berkshire County residents learn English.

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    Amtrak announced today it has started operating out of Springfield’s historic Union Station.

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Bennington College will use $1 million in grant funding to research food insecurity.

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A national insurance company, owned by investor Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, is moving its headquarters to downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Republican Governor Phil Scott has asked the attorney general's office to review a prosecutor's decision to drop three high-profile violent crime cases.

Lake Willoughby is depicted on annual Vermont Days promotion
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Admission to Vermont state parks and historic sites is free this weekend.

A logo that reads "Recruit. Train. Elect. Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Of The Berkshires"
Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Berkshire Chapter

Women in Berkshire County are learning the ins and outs of what it means to run for political office this weekend.

Democratic Congressman Peter Welch was at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine on Friday to challenge the leader of the U.S. Senate to bring a piece of legislation to a vote.

Comedian Dave Hill is appearing at the Barn in Egremont, Massachusetts Saturday night.

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   A middle school principal in Springfield, Massachusetts, who recently came out publicly as a transgender man was honored at the city’s annual LGBTQ pride flag raising.

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The executive director of the Norwalk, Connecticut Redevelopment Agency has been tapped to be the Chief Development Officer in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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The Episcopal Churches of Berkshire County are holding an event in Pittsfield on Sunday to combat world hunger.

Vermont Statehouse  (file photo)
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Last week, the Vermont Senate adjourned and with that, the legislature ended the session until January.  The first half of the biennium was marked by a number of controversial bills but ended with two key pieces of legislation left unfinished.

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Unsealed court documents pertaining to an alleged quadruple murder-suicide in Sheffield, Massachusetts reveal grim details about the crime. 

Burlington City Hall
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City Councilors in Vermont’s largest city considered two resolutions this week stemming from controversies over the Burlington Police Department.  One was crafted in response to use of force issues and the other forms a committee to review policing practices.  One resolution passed and the other failed.

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  A proposal from the administration of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to change the state’s renewable energy standards is being met by opposition from groups and individuals who say it will allow controversial biomass power plants to be built. 

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
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The Burlington, Vermont Police Department has been criticized recently after some high-profile incidents.  This spring, two lawsuits were filed against the city claiming excessive force by police officers. In another incident, the March death of a man involved in an altercation with an officer was ruled a homicide by the state’s medical examiner.  During a May city council meeting a number of Burlington residents questioned police actions and the department’s transparency. This week, the police chief was up for reappointment — leading to some debate about whether the council should approve his 2020 tenure.

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The director of MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts will face charges related to a fatal collision with a motorcyclist last summer.

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A new public park has opened adjacent to an inner city library branch in Springfield, Massachusetts.

A sign that says "Thanks for attending! Every penny raised today benefits local charities" hangs off of a fence on a lawn
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A beer festival with a mission is set for Saturday in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

The state of Vermont has released a new sampling plan for PFAS chemicals.

A white woman with brown hair sits in a white walled office
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Isabel Roche is the Provost and Dean of Bennington College, but on July 1st she’ll become interim president of the private liberal arts college of about 700 students. The current president – Mariko Silver – is leaving the Bennington, Vermont school to lead the Henry Luce Foundation after six years on the job. Roche spoke with WAMC about the tumult surrounding higher education in the region, as well as what she says she’ll bring to her new role at Bennington.

A painting of a prominent Lake Champlain geological formation that was commissioned as part of a New Deal program from the 1930s is getting a new chance to be conserved at the University of Vermont.

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