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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.


    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. 


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.


     Advocates for linking western and eastern Massachusetts by passenger rail are critical of a new report that estimates the costs would be high and the ridership relatively low. 

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More details have been released on a bizarre death in Adams, Massachusetts involving a pit bull attack and a crossbow.

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    Constructing a passenger rail link between western and eastern Massachusetts would cost billions of dollars while attracting relatively few riders, according to a report issued Thursday by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

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Tonight, Pittsfield, Massachusetts is holding a public input meeting on an expansion of the city skate park.

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The Vermont House has failed to override Governor Phil Scott’s veto of a paid family and medical leave bill by one vote.


In December, the Springfield City Council unanimously approved an order objecting to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s proposed design for rebuilding a critical intersection known as “The X.”     

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The U.S. Marshals service says a man accused of killing his girlfriend in Vermont in 2018 has been arrested in Jamaica.

Vermont House chamber
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The Democratic-led Vermont House has failed to override a veto by Republican Gov. Phil Scott of a bill that would have established a paid family leave system in the state.

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Legislators from the Northeast are working across state lines to reduce plastic pollution and transition to zero-waste. Most have focused on banning different forms of plastics.

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Smitty Pignatelli is the Democratic State Representative for the 4th Berkshire District in Massachusetts. With State Senator and fellow Democrat Adam Hinds, Pignatelli is the co-presenter of a bill that would put Great Barrington’s December town vote for home rule into law. The Southern Berkshire community of around 7,000 is seeking the legal confirmation to ensure that it will have the final word on whether horse racing returns to the Great Barrington Fairgrounds for the first time in two decades, which Suffolk Downs is exploring. Pignatelli spoke with WAMC Tuesday.

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The Mount – Edith Wharton’s estate in Lenox, Massachusetts – is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the author’s magnum opus with a homecoming.

     Public input is being sought for a major redesign of Main Street in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts.


An educational initiative developed at the Smithsonian has opened at the Springfield Science Museum.   It is the first in a series of improvements planned for the museum. 


     The issue of face surveillance technology continues to divide elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts. 

In a long-delayed case, a judge ordered that a former New York police detective accused of sexually assaulting a girl at his vacation home in Vermont be ready for a retrial in July.

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Vermont Land Trust

The Vermont Land Trust is giving a $5,000 award to a Vermont farmer who exemplifies land stewardship, giving back, and entrepreneurial farming.

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Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

A Vermont planning organization is looking at possible changes to the busy Interstate 89 corridor in the South Burlington area.

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     An annual Black American heritage ceremony in the largest city in western Massachusetts honored two men recently promoted to public safety command positions – both historic firsts.

This month, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council is carrying out a new effort across Berkshire County to speak with communities about conservation planning. The preservation nonprofit – formed in 1967 – protects and maintains more than 50 properties and 10,000 acres of land around the Berkshires. Three meetings will be held in each sector of the county to address the new conservation effort – in Pittsfield at the Berkshire Athenaeum on February 5th, in North Adams at the public library on February 6th, and in Great Barrington at St. James Place on February 12th. BNRC President Jenny Hansell spoke with WAMC about what the council is trying to achieve.

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The New York Times describes Charles Burnett as “the nation’s least-known great filmmaker and most gifted black director.” On Tuesday, he speaks with fellow filmmakers Julie Dash and Bradford Young at Bard College as a part of the school’s “Creative Process in Dialogue: Art and the Public Today” series. Burnett – director of films like Killer Of Sheep and The Glass Shield – was deeply involved in the UCLA film school’s L.A. Rebellion film movement, an explosion of African-American films from the 1960’s to the 1980’s addressing social issues. He spoke with WAMC about what role he feels film plays in contemporary American life.


   A Massachusetts state legislator is hoping to highlight a potential health risk to recent military veterans.


After hearing from neighbors and elected officials, a big bank has backed off plans to close a branch in a historically Black neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts.