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A bespectacled man in a suit and tie stands in front of a podium on a small monitor
Josh Landes / WAMC

The North Adams, Massachusetts city council heard updates Tuesday from Mayor Tom Bernard about the COVID-19 vaccination effort and news of a bank closure.

The Holyoke Soldier's Home
Mass.Dept of Veterans Services

   A grassroots coalition is lobbying for more beds in a proposed replacement to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home – the long term care facility where at least 76 veterans died in a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Burlington, Vermont City Council met this week and delayed action on one item regarding police department restructuring and voted down another related item.

The Pittsfield city seal
The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council heard an update on the community’s COVID-19 situation and ongoing efforts on its vaccination rollout plan at its Tuesday night meeting.

Massachusetts Gov Charlie Baker at a lecturn
Governor's press office / Twitter

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican in his second term, delivered the annual State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night.

Senator Patrick Leahy
WAMC/Pat Bradley

A spokesman for Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says the 80-year-old Democrat was taken to a hospital Tuesday evening after not feeling well, and later sent home after tests, hours after he began presiding over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

Screenshot of Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivering his virtual budget address
Vermont Legislature / Zoom

A virtual joint session of the Vermont legislature was held this afternoon to hear Governor Phil Scott’s budget address.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington, Vermont voters will choose a mayor on Town Meeting Day March 2nd. Several of the candidates gathered recently for another forum.

The Williamstown Town seal
Town of Williamstown

At Monday’s Williamstown, Massachusetts Select Board meeting, the town reported that a complaint leveled at town staffers has led to resignations. The town also detailed further steps it’s taking as it deals with the fallout of a lawsuit alleging sexual assault and racism in its police department.

Reddit/okapieie

    The pandemic has been a boon for pets.

Pat Bradley / WAMC

The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has declared a snow emergency stretching from 7 a.m. Tuesday into Thursday. 

    Amid complaints about a slow and confusing rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker announced changes today.

Four smiling people and a dog are in a tent made of blue tarps
Josh Landes / WAMC

Emails obtained by WAMC News using the Freedom of Information Act show how the city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts developed a strategy to remove unhoused people from public parks in fall 2020 – and why the unfinished plan was scrapped just before it was set to go into effect.

Vermont Statehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

State officials say Vermont will start vaccinating residents ages 75 and older on Wednesday and
will begin taking registrations for appointments on Monday.

Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce (file)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont treasurer says the state is facing difficult choices to help resolve shortages in the pension system for state employees and teachers.

logo of the Springfield Public Schools
Springfield Public Schools

        A tentative plan has been developed for students in the largest public school district in western Massachusetts to return to the classroom for the first time since last March. 

skyline of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts
WAMC

  Tourism marketing in Massachusetts may soon get a financial boost from charging a fee to hotel guests.

A bill introduced in the Vermont House would restrict which flags can be flown at public schools.

A Vermont Senate committee is considering a bill that would ban the possession of guns in government buildings, hospitals and child care centers.

Vermont officials are expected to release more plans about how people age 75 and over can get vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19. against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Vermont National Guard logo
U.S. Air Force

The Vermont National Guard has become the first combat arms battalion in the country authorized to recruit women.

The Pittsfield city seal
The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Public health officials in Pittsfield, Massachusetts say that while the city remains in the state’s high-risk designation for COVID-19 transmission, new data shows a dip in cases. 

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington voters will elect a mayor on Town Meeting Day, March 2nd.  The incumbent Democrat and his challengers met recently for a virtual forum hosted by one of the city’s neighborhood planning assemblies.

A sign for the Freedom Fund Awards, with a photo of keynote speaker 2020 National Book Award finalist Deesha Philyaw
Berkshire County NAACP / https://www.facebook.com/NAACPBerkshires

The Berkshire County branch of the NAACP holds its annual Freedom Fund Awards fundraiser Saturday.

A bald man with a mustache in a suit sits looking into the camera
CORNELIUS MARION BATTEY / WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

The birthday of civil rights icon W.E.B. Du Bois will be recognized with an official holiday in his hometown of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

A sign with directions for various departments of a hospital stands at a crossroads
Josh Landes / WAMC

A Massachusetts health policy agency says state residents are burdened with persistently high out-of-pocket expenses for health care.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott  (file photo)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Twenty-one people may have been exposed to the coronavirus, including at least six Vermont state officials, during two of Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s recent virus briefings.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Burlington City Council meeting Tuesday evening included a review of items that will be placed on the Town Meeting Day ballot in March.

A man stands in front of a podium.
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts police chief discussed police reform, his department’s spending and how it screens recruits for involvement in extremist movements this week.

Congressman Peter Welch
http://www.welch.house.gov/about-peter/

On the eve of a sea change in Washington, Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a telephone town hall with his constituents Tuesday evening.  Most of the questions centered on accountability following the January 6th mob attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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