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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey has unveiled new legislation calling for the creation of a massive intercity rail network across the Northeast and the rest of the country.

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The cost to turn on the tap is about to increase substantially for a quarter million water users in Western Massachusetts.

A black man holding a mic with a face mask and an NAACP sign stands in a sun-dappled grassy park surrounded by people
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The president of the Berkshire County chapter of the NAACP says he doesn’t buy concerns that violent agitators will infiltrate local anti-policy brutality protests.

Two men hold signs that read "Black Lives Matter" and "Let Them Breathe" in front of a statue
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Days after a peaceful protest drew hundreds, a few anti-police brutality protesters continue to demonstrate in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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    A mural inspired by the death of George Floyd is being painted on the side of  building in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

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June is national Immigrant Heritage Month. WAMC spoke with Michelle Lopez, the executive director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center, about the most pressing issues facing immigrants this spring – from their disproportionate representation among essential workers to the impact of President Trump freezing naturalization processes.

Brian Peete
City of Montpelier

A former police chief from New Mexico will become the new chief of police of Vermont's capital city.

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The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody has led to sustained protests across the nation, including in Burlington, Vermont. Residents have been among those protesting police violence and brutality. On Monday, city councilors spent an hour debating a resolution condemning the killing.

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During his regular Wednesday briefing, Vermont Governor Phil Scott discussed plans his administration is developing to restore indoor dining at restaurants. And the state’s health director provided an update on a new cluster of COVID-19 in the state.

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   As protests continued last night across the country over the death of George Floyd, hundreds came together for a prayer vigil in the largest city in in western Massachusetts.

A Massachusetts man is facing an assault charge after police say he threw a large pickle from a moving vehicle that hit a Vermont highway worker.

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has signed an executive order creating a task force that will look for ways to promote racial, ethnic and cultural equity in the state.

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An internal memo from the mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts obtained by WAMC says state police have been deployed to the city to head off what they say is the threat of violent Antifa protesters.

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Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington was elected in 2018 on a progressive platform of criminal justice reform and community-oriented law enforcement. She took part in demonstrations over the weekend that called for an end to police brutality against African-Americans spurred by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. Harrington spoke to WAMC about how she’s preparing her office during a historic period of social unrest, and why she disagrees with the county’s sheriff about decarceration.

The courts reopened Monday along with a number of other sectors of the Vermont economy.

Col. Mark Anarumo
Norwich University

Norwich University, the nation’s oldest private military college, is welcoming its new president.

A longtime public radio official will be Bennington College’s 11th president.

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June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and a Berkshire County nonprofit has identified key issues the community faces in 2020.

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     The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts Monday called for a time of national healing.

A black man with a face mask on, a hat, and an NAACP sign kneels in a sun-dappled grassy park surrounded by other masked people
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Berkshire County residents and public officials participated in the international weekend of protest against police brutality.

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In the midst of the pandemic, Springfield, Massachusetts will pause Monday to reflect on the anniversary of a natural disaster.

In a pilot program Vermont is reopening some overnight summer camps. It’s hoped the move will help the state manage future changes to restrictions for out-of-state tourists.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott  (file photo)
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott relaxed some COVID-19 business restrictions on Friday. He was also quizzed about his campaign plans following his announcement Thursday that he will seek a third term.

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A private investment group has purchased the Bousquet Mountain ski resort in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

A white man in a suit smiles in front of a wall with framed photos on it
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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey has announced a new $25 billion bill to expand passenger rail across the state and country.

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The city of North Adams, Massachusetts has canceled all of its summer events due to public health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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This spring, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife – also known as MassWildlife – is reporting a major uptick in the state’s bald eagle population. Chief Information and Education Officer Marion Larson tells WAMC that the historic numbers are the result of decades of effort.

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A  Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Vermont governor in 2014 is running for lieutenant governor.

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The mayor of Vermont’s largest city says the coronavirus pandemic has changed this year’s Green Up Day. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has the latest about COVID-19 in Burlington.

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Democrat Tricia Farley-Bouvier represents the 3rd Berkshire District in the Massachusetts Statehouse. She has signed on to a new bill that would provide federal stimulus money to immigrants working in the commonwealth who were excluded from the CARES Act, which provided $1,200 checks to most Americans. Farley-Bouvier spoke with WAMC about getting COVID-19 relief funding to immigrant taxpayers.

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