New England News | WAMC

New England News

Burlington International Airport sign
Niranjan Arminius/Flickr

Federal funding has been secured to expand the Burlington International Airport.

a chart of weekly COVID-19 cases.
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

     After six weeks of declining new COVID-19 cases in Springfield, Massachusetts, there has been a slight surge.

A stone building with a colonnade sits below a grey sky amid snowdrifts.
Josh Landes / WAMC

The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts will be reopening some of its municipal buildings to the public on a limited basis starting Tuesday. 

A man sits in a chair wearing a suit and bow tie in an office with wooden walls
Josh Landes / WAMC

North Adams, Massachusetts Mayor Tom Bernard will deliver his annual State Of The City address tonight.

farm tractor in field (file)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Gov. Phil Scott has signed an executive order creating the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Vermont Agriculture.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan talks to Burlington High School students during addiction forum
Pat Bradley/WAMC

UPS has ended its franchise deal with a store in Newport, Vermont, after it refused to comply with the company's uniform policy, which includes wearing masks.

VT Gov. Phil Scott
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Governor Phil Scott is revising Vermont’s pandemic travel guidance.

A bald white man dressed in a police uniform and a white haired man in a dress shirt and khakis stand outside of a blue building with white detailing.
Josh Landes / WAMC

As WAMC News first reported today, Embattled Williamstown, Massachusetts town manager Jason Hoch announced his resignation after months of controversy around a scandal at the police department. Hoch had faced calls to resign ever since a lawsuit from a town police officer accused the town and police department of maintaining an atmosphere of sexual harassment and racism. Hoch, who will step down in 60 days while the town identifies an interim town manager, follows former police chief Kyle Johnson, who resigned in December. The town manager had received criticism for initially standing by Johnson despite community outcry at the revelations in the lawsuit. Hoch spoke today with WAMC.

  The curtain has been raised on $1.8 million worth of improvements at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

A flyer promoting the Unmasking Covid-19: Vaccine Q&A event on Tuesday, February 23rd.
Unmasking Covid-19: Vaccine Q&A

A virtual panel discussion dedicated to Berkshire County communities of color will address fears, misinformation and questions around the COVID-19 vaccine next week.

An SUV is parked on the street in front of a brick building with "Pittsfield Police" on its doors
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts Police Advisory and Review Board unanimously approved a new policy that aims to protect the rights of transgender people in interactions with law enforcement.

Community Foundation of Western Mass.

     Since the start of the pandemic, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts has given almost $12 million in grants to more than 180 nonprofits in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties.

Old Mill Building on the University  of Vermont campus (file)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The University of Vermont has reported nearly 80 coronavirus cases among students during the first two weeks of the spring semester.

Vermont City Marathon & Relay logo
Vermont City Marathon & Relay

The annual marathon in Burlington, Vermont has been rescheduled from May to October because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Legislators are proposing and committees are reviewing bills with a focus on the budget and the impact of the pandemic. Numerous groups including the House Progressive Caucus are lobbying legislators in a virtual world to address their priorities.

People in masks enter a building
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

The COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Massachusetts moved into a new phase today. Residents 65 and up and those with two or more comorbidities can now schedule appointments. But the process has been rocky. The state’s vaccine website crashed immediately this morning when appointment signups were supposed to begin. WAMC spoke today with Berkshire County Boards of Health Association and Berkshire Public Health Alliance Director Laura Kittross of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.

The door of the Berkshire District Attorney's office.
Josh Landes / WAMC

A former Olympian has been indicted on multiple counts of indecent assault and battery allegedly committed at a Berkshire County summer camp in the 1970s. 

A stone building with a colonnade sits below a grey sky amid snowdrifts.
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council has postponed a proposed overhaul of its trash system until at least 2022.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott posted a video to Twitter as he signed a proclamation making Feb. 17 "Recovery Day."
WAMC screen capture

Vermont state representatives joined advocates today to discuss ways to deal with barriers to treatment and recovery and legislation that is planned this session to address the overdose crisis.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Burlington, Vermont City Council postponed consideration of a settlement agreement with developers of a downtown project and also chastised the University of Vermont during Tuesday evening’s meeting.

people rallying with protest signs
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

    Imminent changes to renewable energy regulations in Massachusetts concern opponents of a long-proposed biomass power plant in Springfield.

MA Expanding COVID Vaccine Eligibility

Feb 17, 2021
A police officer gets vaccinated
Norwell Police / Twitter

Massachusetts residents aged 65 and older, and those 16 and older with two approved comorbidities, can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting Thursday.

An SUV is parked on the street in front of a brick building with "Pittsfield Police" on its doors
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts Police Advisory and Review Board held its monthly meeting virtually on Tuesday.

A new warming shelter for the unhoused has opened in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Vermont State Police patch on the Williston barracks sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

State police say a Washington, Vermont, man has died after a two-vehicle crash on a snow-covered road.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont’s governor and members of his administration gave their latest COVID-19 briefing today. It came as the state dealt with a deluge of calls as it opened appointments for the next eligible group in its age-based vaccination rollout.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

       The number of new COVID-19 cases in Springfield, Massachusetts continues to go down as the state picks up the pace of  vaccinations for the coronavirus.

Vermont Mayors Coalition logo
Vermont Mayors Coalition

The Vermont Mayors Coalition recently announced the issues it wants the state legislature to prioritize this session.

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

The next age group in Vermont eligible for coronavirus vaccinations may start registering for vaccine appointments on Tuesday.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Pat Bradley/WAMC

During the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, House managers presented video evidence that included comments from Republican officials. Among them were statements Governor Phil Scott made to the Vermont Legislature in January.  On Friday, the governor responded to the use of his comments.