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Burlington City Hall
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During Monday evening’s Burlington City Council meeting, the head of the Chittenden Solid Waste District presented its fiscal 2020 budget proposal.  Some of the city’s representatives were concerned about fee increases planned by the district.

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Austen Riggs Center

The Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is marking its centennial this year. Ahead of its September gala, the psychiatric hospital is presenting a series of exhibitions and programs to explore its history. CEO Eric Plakun spoke with WAMC about how the hospital has grown over the past century, the central tenets of its ideology, and the role it’s played in town.

Door to the MGM Springfield casino

Gambling revenue fell in April at the only resort casino in Massachusetts.  But officials at MGM Springfield say they remain pleased with its overall performance. 

Results of Tuesday’s town elections in Great Barrington, Massachusetts are in. 

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At Tuesday’s Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council meeting, attempts were made to resuscitate a home improvement initiative that failed in April. And the merits of metered parking were debated.

a black and white photo of Carlos Vega
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A fund established to support the legacy of an ardent activist for civil rights and social justice has announced awards to several western Massachusetts organizations.

A psychiatrist for the defense says a Vermont man facing five murder charges after driving the wrong-way on an interstate and crashing into an oncoming vehicle, killing five teenagers, was legally insane at the time.

photo of Burlington Police logo on a podium
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Burlington, Vermont Police Chief Brandon del Pozo was questioned by city councilors Monday night about the department’s use of force policies.  The sometimes contentious session occurred after body cam video from two incidents last September was released and a man died following a third altercation with police in March.

Jeremy Potwin
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Vermont State Police have released the names of the two troopers involved in the fatal shooting of an armed man following a lengthy manhunt and standoff.

A judge has rejected a defense request for a mistrial in the trial of a Vermont man facing five murder charges for causing a crash while driving the wrong-way on Interstate 89 in Williston.

Senator Bernie Sanders at Our Revolution launch
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Later this month, Senator Bernie Sanders will rally in Vermont for the first time in his 2020 presidential campaign.

plastic bag
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The Vermont House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags.

Jody Herring
Vermont State Police

Vermont's top court has rejected an appeal from a woman sentenced to life without parole for killing a social worker and three relatives she thought played a role in her losing custody of her daughter.

The ex-fiancee of a Vermont man charged with killing five teenagers in a wrong-way crash has testified that he developed mood swings and once threatened to drive her and their daughter into a pond if he didn't get shared custody.

Umass Amherst

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker  is to deliver the commencement address at the University of Massachusetts Amherst today.   It’s the second time within a month the governor has been on the flagship campus for a celebratory event.

A woman stands by an orange and yellow abstract painting in a white walled room.
Josh Landes / WAMC

This weekend, a Great Barrington, Massachusetts nonprofit that offers arts education to the disabled community in the Berkshires and upstate New York holds its annual gala.


     Saturday May 11th marks the start of the 20th Pioneer Valley Bay State Bike Week.

Town Of Great Barrington

Residents in Great Barrington, Massachusetts go to the polls for town elections Tuesday.

Andrea Harrington

The Berkshire County District Attorney has announced several arrests in a North Adams, Massachusetts drug bust. 

Pittsfield Police Department

In early April, Pittsfield, Massachusetts City Councilor John Krol submitted a request to the city for a report on ShotSpotter, a gunfire detection system installed in the spring of 2017. Pittsfield, like many cities its size, has grappled with spikes in violent crime even as many of its neighborhoods undergo revitalization. Police Chief Michael Wynn sat down with WAMC this week to talk about ShotSpotter, the new police outpost in the West Side neighborhood, the nascent Pittsfield Police Advisory and Review Board, and more.

A 183-year-old Greek Revival building in Vermont's capital city is facing an uncertain future.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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U.S. officials have marked the completion of a new $33 million border crossing facility on the U.S.-Canadian border in the Vermont town of Derby Line.

A row of seated people behind a table on a stage under a glowing screen face an auditorium full of people.
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Over two nights and over seven hours, residents of Great Barrington, Massachusetts gathered for their annual town meeting.

The Massachusetts State House
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The Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Housing has scheduled a much-anticipated hearing for Tuesday, May 14 on bills to address a shortage of affordable housing in the state.


     Requests have been made to pay for a variety of historic preservation, open space, and housing projects from a taxpayer supplied fund in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Main Street, Montpelier
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A Vermont hotel and garage project continues to face opposition from a group of residents.

The Vermont House has approved a proposal to amend the state constitution to ensure women continue to have access to abortion services.

Customs and Border Protection checkpoint in Vermont on May 4, 2019
Migrant Justice

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents set up a vehicle stop in the Lake Champlain Islands over the weekend.  The checkpoint, just over 25 miles from the Canadian border as the crow flies, was the first to be conducted in a decade in Vermont, is prompting criticism from civil liberties advocates.


      For many a true harbinger of spring is the opening of a farmers’ market.

photo of Burlington Police logo on a podium
Photo - Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington, Vermont City Councilors plan to introduce resolutions at their meeting next week calling for a review of the city police department’s use-of-force policy.  The move comes after two lawsuits claiming excessive force were filed and a man died following a third controversial incident.