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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is taking steps to ensure a Ukrainian-born truck driver whose collision with motorcyclists in New Hampshire left seven dead remains in custody even if his criminal case were dismissed.

      One of the oldest farmers’ markets in western Massachusetts will be moving to a new location.

Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger are the hosts of Doughboys, a popular podcast where the two LA-based comedians review fast food chains with guests from the entertainment industry. Before they perform at this weekend’s Solid Sound festival on the campus of MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, the Doughboys spoke with WAMC about the origins of the show and some of its most memorable moments over the past four years. 

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It is getting down to the wire to put a new budget in place in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

The city council in North Adams, Massachusetts voted to approve its fiscal year 2020 budget Tuesday night, but one cut prompted protest.

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The Berkshire County town of Dalton, Massachusetts, settled some business at a special town meeting Monday night.

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   As part of a reform push at the troubled Springfield, Massachusetts police department, more leadership has been added to the ranks. 

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   A proposal to enhance civilian oversight of the troubled police department in Springfield, Massachusetts has been endorsed by the head of a national organization that advocates for police accountability. 

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North Adams, Massachusetts is preparing for an influx of visitors for this weekend’s Solid Sound festival at MASS MoCA.

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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and New Hampshire’s Loon Preservation Committee are asking boaters and anglers to keep their distance from loons to protect the nesting birds.

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Vermont's Natural Resources Secretary is inviting the public to discuss a variety of environmental issues including composting during a meeting Tuesday.

Vermont is clarifying that insurers cannot deny coverage of gender confirmation health care because of the individual's age.

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Interprint – a German global décor printing company whose Pittsfield factory employs 176 – announced today that it’s in the process of being acquired by a Japanese firm based in Tokyo. Pending merger control proceedings, the yet-unspecified sale is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Peter Stasiowsk is the Director of Communications for Interprint’s Pittsfield location. He spoke with WAMC about what the sale means for Pittsfield and the company at large.

A 23-year-old western Massachusetts man has been charged with seven counts of negligent homicide in connection with a gruesome crash in New Hampshire Friday night.

Springfield Bishop Mitchel Rozanski
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    A former bishop in the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese is accused of sexually abusing an altar boy. 

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A nationally-recognized child literacy program in western Massachusetts has a new manager.

The Vermont attorney general and the Department of Public Safety are settling a lawsuit involving a 2014 traffic stop by a former Vermont state trooper.

It’s been a tumultuous year for Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Between the resignation of President Miriam Nelson, word that the college won’t accept a full incoming class in the fall, and financial insecurity, the private liberal arts college is fighting to stay alive. In November, it must make its case to the New England Commission of Higher Education to maintain its accreditation. Interim President Ken Rosenthal – one of the college’s founders – spoke with WAMC about the fundraising efforts currently underway to keep Hampshire afloat.

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Republican Governor Phil Scott has announced the appointment of the state's first director of racial equity.

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The outgoing president of the University of Vermont is reaffirming the college’s actions to rename a campus library in response to a eugenics survey that took place at the school from 1925 to 1936.

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Maple production is up even though this year’s season was shorter.

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A political newcomer is running for Councilor At-Large in this year’s municipal elections in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The University of Vermont get about $2 million back from the city of Burlington after improperly coded water meters caused the city to overcharge the school.

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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott has signed a bill into law aimed at getting broadband to all rural areas of the state.

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A judge on Thursday blocked federal immigration authorities from arresting certain people suspected of living in the country illegally at Massachusetts courthouses while a lawsuit challenging the practice plays out.

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   The city clerk in Springfield, Massachusetts is leaving to become the new city clerk in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

An attorney from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was sentenced to a year of probation and the forfeiture of $125,000 on Wednesday for a cash smuggling scheme.

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Community Access To The Arts is a Great Barrington, Massachusetts nonprofit that connects artists with disabilities to teachers across Berkshire and Columbia Counties. This month, CATA was recognized by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Nonprofit Excellence Award. CEO Margaret Keller spoke with WAMC about another major accomplishment CATA is celebrating  – the groundbreaking of its new headquarters.

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The Burlington City Council has approved changes to the zoning ordinances that could allow a popular music venue to move into a larger space in the city.  But some nearby residents are concerned that it could be disruptive and the local infrastructure is inadequate.

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   A new permanent memorial to the first responders who died in New York City on 9/11 has been unveiled in a park hundreds of miles from ground zero. 

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