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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker stopped by Pittsfield Tuesday for the groundbreaking of a long-awaited project. 

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was on the University of Vermont campus Monday to talk to students about climate change.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with the Independent about federal issues following his speech.  Attention in Washington is focused on whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be approved as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct, which Kavanaugh denies. Senator Sanders agrees with many Democrats that an FBI investigation is warranted.

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts has made the guiding principles of one of its most famous residents a formal part of its identity.

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 A Los Angeles man has pleaded not guilty to making a series of phone calls threatening to kill journalists at The Boston Globe.

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A Vermont mental health worker has admitted to sexually assaulting a girl.

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The secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources will host a public meeting Tuesday to discuss the effects of drought in Vermont and other natural resource issues as part of her ongoing community series.

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University of Vermont students held a rally for climate action Monday.

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   Addressing a growing demand from working parents, a child care provider in western Massachusetts is expanding its hours to include nights and weekends. 

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The Great Barrington, Massachusetts Selectboard meets again tonight.

The trial of a New York man charged with luring women to Massachusetts and trafficking them for sex is expected to begin in the coming week.

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The Burlington, Vermont City council will have a full agenda when it meets on Monday evening. It will decide whether a $30 million proposal to upgrade the city’s waste and storm water system should be put on the November ballot for voter approval.  It will also review a renovation plan for Burlington High School.  At the same time, Council President Kurt Wright says that a Charter Change Committee is reviewing the council’s procedural rules.

Officials are finalizing regulations for retail marijuana stores in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

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Police in Pittsfield are searching for a man suspected of committing four arsons in the city on Saturday.

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Union nurses have issued a vote of no confidence with the University of Vermont Medical Center's Board of Trustees.

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Trailblazing dance icon Arthur Mitchell died this week at 84. WAMC’s Josh Landes reports his legacy is being celebrated in the Berkshires.

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Vermont labor officials say the state's unemployment rate held steady at 2.8 percent in August.

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There are varying predictions of what to expect as we approach this year’s fall foliage season — a key tourism driver in the Northeast.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley checked in with a forester who has been studying Vermont’s trees for decades.

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   Now that MGM has opened the $960 million resort casino in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the company is facing a deadline to commit to a project to build off-site housing.

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A forum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts tonight will explore the black experience in Berkshire County. 

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      The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is beginning its 75th concert season.

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The Vermont Department of Health is recommending every school test its water for lead after the state found contamination in 16 schools.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces proposed Clean Water Resiliency plan
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Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a plan Thursday afternoon that is intended to solve the city's wastewater and stormwater runoff problems.

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News that the Berkshire District Attorney will attempt to hold his seat in November’s general election after losing the Democratic primary raises a host of new questions. 

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      A major aircraft modernization by the U.S. Air Force wrapped up Thursday at an air base in western Massachusetts.

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The annual Walk A Mile fundraiser for the Elizabeth Freeman Center will take center stage tonight at the last Third Thursday of the season in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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A Massachusetts doctor who shared private patient information with a pharmaceutical sales representative has been sentenced to a year of probation.

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Vermont's out-of-state inmates being housed in Pennsylvania will be moved to a prison in Mississippi, after complaints about treatment, medical care and several inmate deaths.

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         Facing competition from the new MGM Springfield casino, a western Massachusetts city has unveiled a plan to market itself.

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    Military people who have helped track the financing of terrorist cells around the world are putting their skills to use in the war on drugs in Massachusetts. 

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From the day he was installed by Governor Charlie Baker in March, it’s been a battle for Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello to hold on to the seat. His September 4th loss to attorney Andrea Harrington in the bruising Democratic primary looked like it might have spelled the end for the 30-year veteran of the office. But WAMC has learned Caccaviello is mounting a write-in campaign. He tells WAMC that he’s just begun to fight.

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