New England News

A uniformed police officer and a man in a button down shirt and khakis stand outside a blue building with white highlights
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Williamstown, Massachusetts police department has moved into a new multimillion dollar station. 

With municipal elections coming this fall, the six city councilors running for reelection in North Adams, Massachusetts are touting their accomplishments.

Vermont Statehouse
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New statistics show that Vermont finished the last fiscal year with a General Fund budget surplus of $58.4 million.

The University of Bridgeport, located in Connecticut's most populous city, is merging with Marlboro College, a small liberal arts school in rural Vermont.

Northern Leopard Frog
Photo by Laurie Averill-Murray / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Several Vermont communities are seeing an abundance of a particular frog this summer.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation says soil contaminated with lead and another chemical contaminant has been found at the construction of a new drawbridge that will link the Lake Champlain island communities of North and South Hero.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, who is also the immediate past president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, is calling on Congress to protect election security in a strongly-worded statement.

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      Work has started on a $35 million project to build apartments in the historic Indian Motocycle factory in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

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Tonight, a massive hot air balloon comes to Williamstown, Massachusetts as part of a statewide art project.

Jim Law

Woodworkers in Berkshire County will gather in Stockbridge, Massachusetts this weekend for their annual show.

The American Civil Liberties Union affiliates of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are asking a bus company to refuse access to immigration agents who want to board and conduct citizenship checks.

Bear in backyard (file)
Tom Rogers / Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife

The U.S. Forest Service has implemented a new rule designed to minimize encounters between black bears and people in the Green Mountain National Forest.

The Hampshire College community is reacting after the appointment of a new president to lead the struggling campus.

A discussion underway at the Beyond Plastics conference at Bennington College on Tuesday, July 23rd 2019
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Plastics have become an environmental crisis. And world leaders are starting to sound the alarm. On World Environment Day on June 5th 2018, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres released a video message urging the public to take action against plastic pollution.

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     The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is examining six options for east-west passenger rail.   Already some of the scenarios appear to be nonstarters. 

Two men - one in a pink button down shirt with glasses, the other in a t-shirt with a  beard - stand in front of red doors on a staircase
Josh Landes / WAMC

A longtime producer of hit TV shows has a new play debuting in Great Barrington, Massachusetts tonight.

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      Environmental advocates and community leaders are highlighting steps cities and towns in western Massachusetts have taken toward a goal of 100 percent renewable energy.

School bus
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Three Vermont communities no longer meet poverty rate eligibility requirements to offer free lunches to all of their students.

A residential addiction treatment center is asking the state of Vermont for permission to offer more beds to older men.

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  The largest city in western Massachusetts has hired a new chief public records-keeper.

This is a picture of an Amtrak train
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   The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is examining six options for east-west passenger rail.

Congressman Peter Welch
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On Thursday, Vermont Democratic Congressman Peter Welch announced he now supports the impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he didn’t make the decision lightly. He held a public forum at the Statehouse Monday evening to hear what Vermonters think.  Most who commented agreed with him.

skiier
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Vail Resorts plans to take over 17 U.S. ski areas ranging from the Northeast to the Midwest by acquiring Peak Resorts for $264 million.

Vermont's attorney general says the state will get more than $1.8 million as part of a settlement with the credit reporting agency Equifax over a 2017 data breach.

State Senator Adam Hinds holds a microphone at an outdoor event.
Becki Joppru Connolly

The new fiscal year began on July 1st in Massachusetts. But for the last three weeks, state legislators have struggled to finalize a spending plan for 2020. Now, the House and Senate have reached a compromise on a $43 billion budget. Second-term Democratic State Senator Adam Hinds of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden district spoke to WAMC from Beacon Hill about what it means  for Western Massachusetts.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts has retained a retired state judge to investigate sex abuse allegations against a deceased bishop.

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     A traveling art exhibit has premiered in western Massachusetts that uses 21st Century technology to highlight the world’s most famous 19th Century painter.

A nonprofit working to bring opportunity, prosperity, and equity to Pittsfield, Massachusetts has an uncertain future after three years of work.

Springfield City Hall
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Public interviews are scheduled Monday for the three finalists vying to be the next city clerk in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Comcast's only call center in Vermont is set to lay off 35 workers.

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