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Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is planning to unveil a proposal to address the rising price of EpiPens.

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New Hampshire's Democratic Congressional delegation wants a federal agency to expand its study of contaminated water to a community near a factory believed to have released toxic chemicals into the air and groundwater.

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Massachusetts State Representative John Barrett headed to Beacon Hill after a special election victory last November to finish out the late Gailanne Cariddi’s term. After 26 years as the mayor of North Adams, the Democrat had a lot to learn about life in the statehouse. With the his first legislative session behind him, Barrett tells WAMC he’s learned a lot.

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The Norwich Planning Commission in Vermont is gathering information on implementing proposed river corridor regulations and meeting with residents to discuss adopting language recommended in the Vermont River Corridor Guide.

Donald Edwards, the former adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard who is credited with helping to modernize the force before being defeated in a high-profile re-election bid, has died. He was 81.

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Two of the three candidates in the Democratic primary for Berkshire District Attorney met in Great Barrington, Massachusetts Thursday night, where they discussed a progressive transformation of the office.

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         The era of Las Vegas-style gambling dawned in Massachusetts today, as MGM Resorts International opened its much-anticipated casino in downtown Springfield.

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Controversial North Adams businessman Alex Kelly has signed a new lease at the city’s public airport. 

The first Berkshire Jazz Showcase will bring local talent to the Pittsfield Common Saturday. 

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Vermont state officials say they want to make it easier for companies that need to upgrade their cell towers.

Vermont will seek a new operator for a rural cellphone network after a financially troubled company stopped its service.

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A new Vermont-based air ambulance service is now flying patients.

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Politicians from around the state gathered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts today as Berkshire Medical Center was awarded grant money.

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   The first resort casino in Massachusetts has been given the green light to open its doors to the public Friday.  After four years of planning, regulatory approvals, construction, training and hiring a workforce, the MGM casino in Springfield is going to open its doors at 11 a.m. Friday.

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Billed as the largest single-phase commercial development in western Massachusetts history, the $960 million MGM resort casino in Springfield is about to open its doors to the public.   As with any big complicated project there were a lot of twists and turns along the way. 

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Vermont’s Secretary of State has confirmed that the state had the second-highest primary election turnout by vote count in state history last week.

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An environmental group behind a plan to reduce damage from future flooding in Brattleboro, Vermont, has cleared its first hurdle with local officials.

The general election campaign is under way in Vermont and Democrats and their candidate for governor are slamming incumbent Governor Phil Scott for accepting donations from a pharmaceutical company. The first-term Republican’s campaign shot back that the challenger is being hypocritical and should instead focus on real issues.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer has become the biggest name in Berkshire County politics to make an endorsement in the district attorney race. WAMC reports Tyer backed Andrea Harrington today.

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A number of government leaders from Canada and the eastern United States attended last week’s annual conference of New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers in Stowe, Vermont.  Among them was David Alward, the Consul General of Canada in Boston. Before discussing cross-border conference issues, Alward spoke about the Consul General system.

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The former industrial spaces of North Adams, Massachusetts have been undergoing a transformation. WAMC took a look inside one.

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Castleton University officials say someone put up anti-Semitic flyers in the Vermont university's library.

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A Vermont state official says many business owners are not complying with a new state law that requires all single-stall bathrooms to be labeled gender neutral.

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Vermont's transgender gubernatorial candidate says she's been getting a steady stream of death threats and other personal attacks since her candidacy began to gain traction.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has released grants for 49 of the 55 states and territories eligible to receive HAVA – Help America Vote Act – funds from the 2018 federal budget.  Officials from the commission were joined by Vermont’s Secretary of State during a regional conference call today to provide an overview of how states plan to use the newly appropriated funds.

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The Berkshire District Attorney’s office says Pittsfield Police have made an arrest in a shooting early Tuesday in the October Mountain State Forest. 

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An early morning shooting in Washington, Massachusetts sent a 19-year-old to the hospital in critical condition. 

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In the waning days of the Berkshire District Attorney Democratic primary, conflicting visions of the office and the county it serves are dominating the debate between the candidates.

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The estranged husband of former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has pleaded guilty to placing harassing phone calls to a treatment facility where he was a patient.

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Vermont State Police say a Goshen man is accused of shooting his son several times.

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