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Springfield Police Dept

     A large number of illegally possessed firearms have been seized in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announces lawsuit against Purdue Pharma
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont’s Attorney General is suing Purdue Pharma, saying the manufacturer of Oxycontin has driven the opioid addiction crisis. T.J. Donovan says the billion dollar industry must account for misleading marketing.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

As the summer draws to a close, Berkshire County has been hit with a massive surge in its mosquito population. As the swarms thicken and reports of West Nile Virus emerge, WAMC checked in with Berkshire Mosquito Control Project superintendent Christopher Horton. In addition to explaining the approach to combating the threat, Horton also offered advice for residents looking to protect themselves from bites, and gave his best estimate for when the county will be free of the pests.

A Vermont high school has again raised a Black Lives Matter flag for the beginning of the school year.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announces lawsuit against Purdue Pharma
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont is suing a major drug company over its prescription opioid marketing practices that the attorney general says led to the drug crisis in Vermont and around the country.

North Berkshire District Court

A Berkshire County man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday in a Springfield, Massachusetts courtroom for terrorism and assault charges.

Plans for a large water park and sports complex with a 450-room hotel in Palmer, MA.
Northeast Group

Developers are proposing a $650 million year round water park resort in the western Massachusetts town of Palmer. 

Josh Landes / WAMC

The results of Tuesday’s Democratic Primary for Berkshire County District Attorney all but guarantee the election of the first woman to the post.

Josh Landes / WAMC

Attorney Andrea Harrington declared victory in the Democratic primary for Berkshire District Attorney late Tuesday night moments after taking a concession call from incumbent DA Paul Caccaviello at her campaign party at a restaurant in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Harrington dedicated the win to her family and her supporters, offering her thanks "to everybody who voted for me, who voted in me, who believed in me, who believed that together we're going to build a new future for Berkshire County."

Jim Levulis / WAMC

State Senator Adam Hinds easily fended off a primary challenge Tuesday as the Democrats seeks a second term representing the westernmost portion of Massachusetts.

Moose on road in Vermont (file)
Vermont Fish and Wildlife/Benjamin Young / Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Vermont wildlife officials say a moose drowned in Lake Champlain after people crowded around the animal to take its picture.

Quentin Palfrey has won the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor in Massachusetts, ending comic Jimmy Tingle's bid to shift from political humor to political office.

Republican Tracy Lovvorn will face Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern in November after winning her party's nomination in Massachusetts.

Longtime Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin has fended off a challenge from Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim in a Democratic primary race that turned caustic in its closing weeks.

May McMahon
JD Allen / WAMC

Republican Jay McMahon has won his party's nomination to challenge Massachusetts Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey in November.

MA Rep. Michael Capuano

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has defeated incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in a closely watched Democratic primary battle in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Democratic voters on Tuesday chose Jay Gonzalez to take on first-term Republican Governor Charlie Baker in November. 

A Montreal man has been sentenced to 51 months in prison after he admitted smuggling about 100 handguns into Canada across the Vermont-Quebec border.

MA State Rep. Geoff Diehl

Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl has defeated two other GOP primary candidates in Massachusetts for the chance to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in November.

Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy
Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy has defeated his Democratic primary challenger, Gary Rucinski.

Jail cell

A Vermont inmate has died at the Camp Hill facility in Pennsylvania.

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Today is primary day in Berkshire County, and city officials in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, say voting turnout is raising eyebrows.

A vote here sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk

Voters in Massachusetts will decide several primary races today.

DA Paul Caccaviello and attorneys Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight.
Patrick Garrett / WAMC

Today is the end of a bitter Democratic primary campaign for Berkshire County District Attorney. It features three candidates who weren’t really on the radar for the job at the beginning of the year. District Attorney Paul Caccaviello succeeded the retiring 14-year DA David Capeless in March. Judith Knight and Andrea Harrington are each seeking to move the department in a new direction.

The Vermont Electric Co-Operative is getting a federal grant to help repair 54 transformers and nearly 2,900 miles of transmission and line poles damaged by a severe storm and flooding last October.


Unionized workers from across a number of industries are marching in Boston to mark the Labor Day holiday.


A grant of almost $410,000 will be used to buy electric buses that will be used by Green Mountain Transit in the Montpelier area.

Special Olympics Vermont Facebook Page

The Special Olympics Vermont President and CEO has stepped down after a year.

dairy cow

Thousands of Northeast dairy farmers are receiving their share of a $50 million settlement nearly nine years after the farmers filed a class-action lawsuit against a national dairy marketing cooperative.

Vice President Mike Pence
White House

Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit to Vermont Friday and is expected to be in the state for the holiday weekend.