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An inflatable bounce house is not something typically associated with combating crime.

Tables full of well dressed people sit inside a tent with Mahaiwe banners
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The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center held its annual gala in Great Barrington, Massachusetts this weekend.

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The largest urban commercial greenhouse in Massachusetts is marking its one-year anniversary.

Public comment is being sought by Massachusetts officials on proposed regulations for home delivery and social consumption of marijuana.

Police say a 62-year-old Montpelier man with a pellet gun was shot and killed by an officer after he raised his weapon in their direction.

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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan is joining five other states in a lawsuit challenging an EPA decision that allows continued use of a pesticide.

The official seal of the North Adams Police Department.
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The victim of a vandalism incident in North Adams, which she and others say was racially motivated, says it’s not the first time she and her family have experienced such abuse. 

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The western Massachusetts-based grocery store chain Big Y Foods is building a massive new distribution center next to its corporate headquarters in Springfield.

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After almost 40 years as executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Tim Brennan will soon retire.

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Berkshire leaders are considering the return of horseracing to Great Barrington. The possibility is raising a number of questions.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy announces funding for a Rural Center of Excellence on Substance Abuse Disorders
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy announced Thursday that the University of Vermont will receive $6.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create a Rural Center of Excellence on Substance Abuse Disorders.

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A state senator is encouraging Western Massachusetts residents to participate in the 83rd Citizens' Legislative Seminar.

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A new book by a Berkshire resident explores the life of his grandfather – a major player in the development of aviation in the 20th century.

  Traffic congestion in Massachusetts has reached what is called a “tipping point” according to a new report released Thursday by state officials.

First-term North Adams, Massachusetts Mayor Tom Bernard is on the campaign trail this summer before this fall’s municipal elections. He spoke with WAMC about what he’s learned from speaking with constituents, including what complaints he’s fielded about his time in office so far.

Putnam Block rendering for Bennington redevelopment
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Vermont's Republican Governor Phil Scott and Democratic U.S. Representative Peter Welch helped kick off a $31 million project to revitalize Bennington's historic Putnam Block.

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Members of the 100-year-old St. Albans Cooperative recently approved merging its assets, which include a milk hauling company and a creamery plant, with Kansas-based Dairy Farmers of America.

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A funeral is planned Thursday for a police officer from Springfield, Massachusetts who accidentally drowned in a Vermont lake while on a family vacation.

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Tonight, the creator of the hit HBO series “Oz” debuts a staged reading of his first play in almost 40 years in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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Big Y Foods has started construction on a new $46 million distribution center next to its corporate headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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   The sixth annual Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival is being held this Saturday August 10th.

A type of fern that was thought to have disappeared from Vermont has been rediscovered along a powerline in the Northeast Kingdom.

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The Vermont Department for Children and Families is opposing proposed changes to the federal food stamp program that it says could cost 5,204 state households to lose their benefits.

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Vermont's former Agency of Human Services secretary is going to become a vice president at the University of Vermont Health Network.

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School resource officers in the largest city in western Massachusetts will now be required to receive training from a national organization.

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Do you have a fish story about an encounter with a shark? 

In a move that will likely tighten belts at public access television stations around the country, the Federal Communications Commission voted to create new guidelines for how much cable companies are required to support local broadcasting. Shawn Serre, executive director of Pittsfield Community Television, discussed Thursday’s vote with WAMC.

Vermont's Roman Catholic Diocese is planning to release by the end of the month a long-awaited report on priests who have been accused of sexually abusing children.

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Supporters of several gun control measures in New Hampshire are calling on Republican Gov. Chris Sununu to sign them in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
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The police chief in Vermont's largest city is on family and medical leave.

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