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A Berkshire County group that represents the region’s businesses is celebrating local economic leaders Thursday night.

Burlington Police Department statement disagreeing with State's Attorney
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In late February, an argument outside a downtown bar in Burlington, Vermont led to a shooting that seriously injured a bystander. The Chittenden County State’s Attorney recently opted not to file charges against one of the men, prompting criticism from the city’s police chief and mayor.

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Two more artworks from the Berkshire Museum’s collection went up for auction Wednesday. WAMC’s Josh Landes has more.

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    Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts say they have a three-phase plan to outfit the city’s police officers with body-worn cameras. 

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The Pittsfield City Council tackled transgender rights and celebrated the city’s championship Little League team at Tuesday’s meeting.

    A moratorium on marijuana stores in the largest city in western Massachusetts has been extended until the end of November. 

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Vermont law enforcement officials were in Burlington on Monday to announce the formation of a task force to investigate allegations of abuse, including murder, at the former St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington.

A moratorium on marijuana stores in the largest city in western Massachusetts has been extended until the end of November. 

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   Springfield, Massachusetts joined communities large and small across the country today that held ceremonies to mark the 17th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  By next year, the city will have a permanent 9-11 monument installed.

  A new multi-media campaign was launched this week in western Massachusetts to highlight the fact that many people in the region face hunger on a daily basis.

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New England's hot summer might be helping keep the ticks that carry Lyme disease at bay.

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Officials say they have fixed a messenger system at a Vermont school that left parents in the dark when the school was locked down over reports of a gun on campus.

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An effort to prevent the closure of the public gun range in North Adams, Massachusetts, is underway. As WAMC reports, users of the range have the ear of the city’s public safety committee.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces formation of orphanage task force
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Burlington, Vermont’s mayor and the state Attorney General say a task force is being created to investigate abuse allegations at the long-closed St. Joseph's Orphanage in Burlington.

    A major shakeup in the entertainment and cultural landscape of western Massachusetts was announced today.

Andrea Harrington

Once again, change appears to be on the horizon for the Berkshire District Attorney’s office. Attorney Andrea Harrington, of Richmond, Massachusetts, upset sitting District Attorney Paul Caccaviello and warded off Judith Knight to win the Democratic primary last Tuesday. With no Republican candidate running in November’s election, Harrington is poised to become the first woman to hold the seat. She sat down with WAMC to talk about her victory, the possibility of a fall campaign, and the future of the office.

A posthumous promotion is being sought for an African-American member of the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts whom advocates say was denied the rank of captain because of his race.  But, the city’s top cop warns it would open a “Pandora’s box.”  

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan
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Authorities are announcing the details of a new investigation into decades-old abuse at St. Joseph's Orphanage in Burlington.

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Just days before the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks a groundbreaking for a permanent memorial was held in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Maude Mandel is the new president of Williams College in northern Berkshire County. Formerly dean of the college and professor of history and Judaic studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Mandel was named Williams’ 18th leader in March. While her tenure at the Williamstown, Massachusetts liberal arts college began on July 1st, her official induction is set for today at 4 p.m. Ahead of the ceremony, Mandel spoke with WAMC.

Little Brown Bat with White Nose Syndrome in Greeley Mine, VT
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Vermont has been awarded $25,000 in federal funding to study a deadly fungal infection that has devastated bat populations.

The FBI says it has arrested a Connecticut man who they suspect made numerous emailed threats against public institutions like schools and government offices in Burlington, Vermont.

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Burlington's police chief is speaking out against prosecutors for dropping charges against a man involved in a downtown shooting that injured a bystander outside a bar.

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
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Authorities say they have a suspect in custody in connection with a threat against Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The Norman Rockwell Museum is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the American painter’s iconic Four Freedoms series on Saturday.

farm tractor in field
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The 56-member Farm Bill conference committee met for the first time this week. The current Farm Bill, which sets agriculture and nutrition program policy for five years, expires on September 30th.  The House and Senate conferees expressed hope that a compromise bill can be crafted despite significant differences in the bills approved by each chamber.

Plans for a large water park and sports complex with a 450-room hotel in Palmer, MA.
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Plans have been unveiled to build a year round water park resort in western Massachusetts.

Burlington is making efforts to improve storm water infrastructure a priority following a number of sewage overflows into Lake Champlain.

A woman charged with manufacturing the deadly toxin ricin in her Vermont retirement community and testing it on residents has been sentenced to time served and five years of probation and must undergo mental health treatment.

Traditional maple sap bucket
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says new guidance about added sugars that exempts pure maple syrup and honey products will be released early next year.

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