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    A group of Massachusetts-based businesses have announced a new initiative to address the opioid epidemic.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
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Now that Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman is officially running for governor, his decision is setting off a series of other political announcements.

    The largest city in western Massachusetts has taken a step toward banning local law enforcement from using a controversial technology.

Two hands embrace under a rose over a red backdrop with "Berkshires Democratic Socialists Of America" in a ring around them.
Berkshires Democratic Socialists of America

The Berkshire County chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America is backing the challenger in the 1st Massachusetts Congressional district primary.

UVM-Google team left to right: Complex Systems director of education Juniper Lovato; Professors Nick Cheney;  Jim Bagrow; Laurent Hébert-Dufresne; Google's Julia Ferraioli; Complex Systems Center director Peter Dodds and Google's Amanda Casari
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The University of Vermont says a division of Google has given the school $1 million to support research related to open source software.

Burlington City Hall
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Two Vermont citizens groups want to change Burlington's charter.

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            The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts tonight is considering banning the use of facial recognition technology. 

David Zuckerman
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Vermont’s election season is taking shape, and it could mean big changes in the Statehouse. There had been speculation for at least a week that Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman was planning to run for governor.  This morning, he was in Montpelier to formally announce his plans.  He tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that after 20 years of service, it’s time for him to take the next step.

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On Tuesday, Anthony Maffuccio returns to the Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council for the first time in a decade. The seventh ward representative was on the council from 2004 to 2010 during the administration of Mayor James Ruberto. Maffuccio – who was born and raised in the ward – secured a political comeback in November’s election. He sat down with WAMC to talk about his vision for Pittsfield and  why he got back into the game.

Springfield Fire Dept

A fire late Sunday night caused significant damage to an historic house in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Opening day crowds at the MGM Springfield Casino gaming floor
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    The public health department in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts – home to one of the state’s resort casinos – is going to start collecting data on problem gambling.

Springfield City Hall
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      A proposed ban on the use of facial recognition technology will be debated Monday by the City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Vermont's Republican governor has reaffirmed the state's commitment to accepting refugees from across the world.

The Vermont man who was shot and wounded by state troopers following a confrontation outside his home in the town of Bristol is now facing criminal charges.

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott laid out a number of priorities in his annual State of the State address Thursday.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports reaction is generally positive although some are curious how Scott plans to pay for the proposals.

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Saturday marks one year since legal recreational marijuana sales began in Berkshire County. WAMC takes a look at how the burgeoning industry has impacted the area.

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    A top job in the gambling regulation world is open as The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is looking to hire a new administrative leader. 

Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott is serving his second two-year term and Thursday afternoon delivered his State of the State to a joint session of the state Legislature. But the proceedings were stopped shortly after the governor started his speech.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley explains.

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This is a big year for Beethoven fans.

Williams College

Patricia Manning is in her 30th season as head coach of the Williams College Women’s Basketball Team. With more than 400 victories, she is described as the winningest coach in Williams history, and has taken 9 teams to the Division III NCAA tournament. This season, the team has won 11 of its first 12 games. Before back to back matchups this weekend, Manning spoke with WAMC about her coaching style and what is fueling her team’s dominant performance.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts announced Thursday that a much discussed road project is taking another step forward.

Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey is among the scheduled speakers at a 4 Freedoms Coalition event in Pittsfield on Sunday.

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A bill introduced in the Vermont Legislature would give towns the authority to regulate short-term rentals.

This week, three Vermont environmental groups outlined climate priorities they believe the Vermont Legislature should consider this session.

A man in uniform stands in a garage filled with fire vehicles
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The fire chief of Pittsfield, Massachusetts held a press conference today following a series of electrical fires. 

City of Springfield, Office of the Mayor

   The largest city in western Massachusetts is using hidden cameras to curb illegal dumping.

Colchester Chief of Police Jennifer Morrison
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The Burlington City Council confirmed an interim Police Chief Monday evening.  The move comes after the previous chief resigned after admitting using a fake Twitter account to criticize a police department critic. An acting chief was then removed for using a fake Facebook account.

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  A much-anticipated feasibility study on east-west passenger rail service in Massachusetts has been delayed. 

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Yuki Cohen is one of the 4 new members of the 11-seat city council in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Cohen, who owns and operates the downtown bar Methuselah in the Berkshire County community of around 43,000, is one of four at-large city councilors serving two-year terms. She sat down with WAMC a day after she was sworn in Monday to talk about Pittsfield’s challenges, its business sector, and Mayor Linda Tyer’s agenda for 2020.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announces settlement with Woodbine Senior Living LLC
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The Vermont Attorney General has reached a settlement with a company for violating state law when it made claims that it could care for all the needs of aging patients with memory loss at a Vermont residential care facility.

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