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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Kim Rivers, a board member for the Elizabeth Freeman Center, which provides leadership and services to address domestic and sexual violence in Berkshire County. The pair also discuss tomorrow's Walk A Mile fundraiser.

Vermont Statehouse summer 2018
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The independent candidates for Vermont governor say they are frustrated and feel that voters are forgetting they exist.

A popular ski touring center in Vermont will not reopen for the winter season.

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Corrections officials are hoping to finalize a contract this week to move about 228 Vermont inmates housed in Pennsylvania to a privately run prison in Mississippi following complaints about conditions and health care and several inmate deaths.

For many immigrants, the path to U.S. citizenship is fraught with fears of deportation, separation from family, and confusion about legal requirements. Wednesday night, the Berkshire Immigrant Center is holding a Citizenship Workshop at its headquarters in St. Stephen’s Church in downtown Pittsfield. WAMC spoke with Brooke Mead, the center’s executive director, about what immigrants and the community around them can learn from the session.

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Organizers of a free weekly event in North Adams, Massachusetts want to boost cycling in the city of roughly 13,000.

Multiple defense attorneys are questioning Vermont's use of drug recognition experts who test people suspected to be under the influence of a substance other than alcohol.

Bump Fire Stock mounted on a GP WASR-10/36 AK-47

Vermont state police barracks are accepting the rapid-fire devices attached to guns known as bump stocks that will become illegal on Oct. 1 under new state gun restrictions.

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Frontier Airlines has expanded flights at several regional airports.


   The first resort casino in Massachusetts raked in almost $9.5 million in revenue in just its first 8 days in business.


     An early childhood education center that will be part of an innovative national network of preschools is under construction in western Massachusetts.

Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire

Hundreds of cultural councils around Massachusetts disperse state money to arts initiatives. The group that represents Northern Berkshire County has some new faces as it enters a fresh round of funding.

A senior executive at the largest employer in Berkshire County says Berkshire Health Systems opposes a Massachusetts ballot question that would impose staffing minimums on hospitals. 


Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott's opioid coordination council discussed safe injection sites as a possible remedy to the ongoing opioid epidemic, but concluded they are not appropriate at this time.

Vermont Statehouse summer 2018
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Vermont's two main gubernatorial candidates held their first debate Friday at the Tunbridge Worlds' Fair.

Burlington International Airport sign
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Vermont officials are hailing an increase in business at the Burlington International Airport as they welcome a new airline to the airport.

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While this weekend’s Fresh Grass festival at MASS MoCA features acts from around the world, it also shines a light on the Berkshire music scene.


With the Fresh Grass festival returning to MASS MoCA this weekend, North Adams, Massachusetts is preparing for an influx of traffic. 

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Following the series of explosions and fires Thursday in eastern Massachusetts, the mayor of Springfield wants information from gas company officials.


After a smooth opening 21 days ago, the first resort casino in Massachusetts has been awarded a permanent operating license from state regulators. 


   Honors have been bestowed on two international college students who drowned in a western Massachusetts river this summer while saving two children. 


The largest state fair in New England, the Big E, is underway in western Massachusetts.

Quechee Gorge Bridge
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Vermont state officials say the installation of a temporary fence at the Quechee Gorge Bridge meant to prevent suicides is behind schedule.

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Contract talks are resuming between the University of Vermont Medical Center and the union representing nurses.

Burlington High School, Burlington, Vermont
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After students complained of censorship, the Burlington High School principal is allowing them to repost a story they broke on the school newspaper's website about unprofessional conduct charges against the guidance director.

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The mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, says today’s visit by a member of Governor Charlie Baker’s cabinet represents the beginning of a new economic opportunity for the city.

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Rhiannon Giddens has traveled the world playing American music. Born in North Carolina, she has sung, played violin, and plucked banjo in her band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has also worked as a solo artist, performing traditional folk, country, blues, and bluegrass, including original compositions. Both a Grammy winner and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant,” Giddens is performing two sets at this weekend’s Fresh Grass festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. While her Saturday performance will be a more conventional set, Giddens tells WAMC her Friday set that opens the festival will be unique.


        Following a successful opening, the first resort casino in Massachusetts has been given a permanent license to operate by state regulators.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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Voters have decided to close a  local elementary school in Vermont rather than face a merger with the neighboring school district.

Burlington International Airport sign
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Officials say the Burlington International Airport, which struggled after the recession, is seeing a 12-percent increase in passengers this year.