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Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman
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Local legislation is being introduced in Springfield, Massachusetts to curb construction industry wage theft.

A stone building with a colonnade.
Josh Landes / WAMC

Public health professionals continue to track a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Dr. Mark Keroack speaking at podium
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

     In what some see as the start of a Spring surge, coronavirus infections are again on the rise in Massachusetts.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott attended a youth summit on Thursday and highlighted the students’ comments during his COVID briefing on Friday.

Vermont National Guard logo
U.S. Air Force

The head of the Vermont National Guard says the organization is investigating after one of its soldiers was charged with sexual assault.

Gov Charlie Baker in a school classroom
Nicolaus Czarnecki / Pool

Dozens of school districts in Massachusetts have been temporarily excused from the requirement to return students to classrooms full time starting next month.

This is a picture of the campus of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts has locked down a campus residence after 17 new COVID-19 cases emerged in the past week. 

An older white haired white man stands at a podium in front of a US, MA and Pittsfield flag.
Josh Landes / WAMC

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal of the 1st district came to Pittsfield Friday to announce over $40 million in federal funding for Berkshire County as a part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. The Democratic Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee spoke with WAMC about the legislation, the hopes for a new infrastructure bill, local outcry against the Housatonic River cleanup plan he helped broker, and the state’s reopening plan amid a COVID surge in Pittsfield.

Four people in masks stand in front of three flags - the US, Massachusetts and Pittsfield flags - in front of a dais.
Josh Landes / WAMC

Congressman Richard Neal came to Pittsfield, Massachusetts Friday to announce that over $41 million of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act will go to Berkshire County.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray
Molly Gray for Vermont/Facebook

Vermont’s new Lieutenant Governor is holding a series of bi-weekly virtual forums on priority issues. The latest Seat at the Table discussion examined workforce development issues in the state.

Vermont State Police patch on the Williston barracks sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont State Police has become the first statewide police force in the country to formally promise it will take steps to advance women in policing.

Vermont Statehouse in winter (file)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont is one of the nation’s whitest states, and members of the legislature are working to advance equity in government and across the state. That was the subject of the latest discussion in the Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s virtual policy series.

 Damage to a Piper Cherokee after a fire at the Burlington International Airport
158th Fire Department/Major Meghan Smith / Vermont Air National Guard

A civilian aircraft caught fire at the Burlington International Airport Wednesday night.

A brutalist brick building sits under a blue sky.
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts says he’s worried about the city’s short-term COVID-19 outlook.

A stone building with a colonnade sits below a grey sky amid snowdrifts.
Josh Landes / WAMC

The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts is discussing how to respond to months of complaints from residents claiming health concerns tied to a cell tower.

Burlington City Hall in early evening (file)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont’s Congressman has been meeting virtually with organizations and municipalities across the state to update local leaders on aid provided in the recently passed COVID relief package. This week he met with Burlington city councilors.

A graph showing daily COVID-19 case rates in Pittsfield, with an upward trend in recent days as of March 24th, 2021
City Of Pittsfield

The mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts says the city is experiencing a COVID-19 surge in the weeks after a new reopening phase in the state.

Burlington Police car
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Burlington Police Commission is a civilian body that provides administrative oversight of the police department in Vermont’s largest city. During its monthly meeting Tuesday evening it heard from an organization that provides resources and helps such groups maintain civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies.

Two white women stand on either side of an older white man who is addressing an unseen audience in front of a pair of windows.
Josh Landes / WAMC

Emails obtained by WAMC News through a Freedom Of Information Act Request show tensions between Pittsfield, Massachusetts political leaders as they sought to address the needs of the city’s unhoused population in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

a poster promoting a virtual environmental roundtable
ReGreen Springfield

A virtual roundtable is scheduled for Wednesday night on climate resilience in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Vermont Statehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont officials discussed the latest vaccine distribution plans by the federal government and cautioned younger residents to remain virus vigilant during a COVID briefing Tuesday.

Facebook: Great Barrington Fairgrounds

Town leaders in Great Barrington, Massachusetts say a plan to explore buying a former fairgrounds property have stalled. 

Vermont Senate Chamber
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont Legislature is reaching the mid-point of its session.  The Senate pro tem and chairs of key committees recently discussed key pieces of legislation that have been passed by that chamber.

a sandwich board sign
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

    As part of an ongoing effort to bring coronavirus vaccine to populations hit hardest by the pandemic, public health officials in Springfield, Massachusetts announced a partnership with a behavioral health care provider. 

a press conference with a big cardboard check
Office of Senator Eric Lesser / Twitter

       A $125,000 earmark in the Massachusetts state budget will help college students in western Massachusetts overcome financial obstacles to finishing their degrees.

The police chief in the Vermont town of Rutland is back on patrol after an increase in theft reports from a local shopping plaza.

Vials of COVID-19 vaccine
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The state of Vermont is considering using electronic road signs to help promote getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in remote Essex County in the Northeast Kingdom.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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     Springfield, Massachusetts has reached a milestone in efforts to combat the coronavirus.

The death of a man who was found with serious injuries lying by the side of a road is being investigated by the Vermont State Police.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The state of Vermont has released its schedule that will allow all adults to begin making appointments to receive the vaccine against COVID-19.