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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Pittsfield, Massachusetts’ Hazard Mitigation Plan.

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Town residents gathered in Great Barrington, Massachusetts for a public forum on marijuana bylaws Wednesday night.

Thursday night, Massachusetts State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa of the 1st Hampshire District is making a visit to Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The Democrat is the co-lead sponsor of a bill calling for Massachusetts to adopt a single-payer system that would offer Medicare For All in the state. Sabadosa was invited to speak by fellow Democrat and 2nd Berkshire District State Representative Paul Mark in Pittsfield at Tavern on the A. First, she talked with WAMC.

Some French wines affected by tariffs
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Vermont Democratic at-large Congressman Peter Welch was at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski Wednesday to decry a proposed 100 percent tariff and urge the Trump Administration to revoke current tariffs on imported French wines.

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The longtime president and CEO of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will retire in a year.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

Berkshire lawmakers are reacting to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his budget address on Tuesday afternoon, emphasizing familiar themes of fiscal discipline and the need to address Vermont’s demographic changes.

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Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake will deliver the Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts’ Spring Public Policy Lecture.

Voices for Vermont’s Children, a group that has been advocating for the state to pass and implement a paid family leave bill, announced on Monday it will not support the bill currently in the legislature.

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Vermont State Police

Vermont State Police say a stolen vehicle's OnStar system was used to end a pursuit by disabling the vehicle, forcing the operator to flee on foot before being arrested.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts politicians and political observers are preparing for Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s State of the Commonwealth address tomorrow. WAMC took a look at what they’re expecting to hear on Tuesday.

A bearded white man in a sweater holds a pamphlet titled "Library of Things" in front of a wall of framed documents
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The Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is the largest public library in the county – but its collection extends far beyond books. Outreach librarian Sam Reggio says the Athenaeum continues to grow its Library of Things, a collection of everything from tools and musical instruments to sleds and green screens that card holders can borrow for free. One item from the Library of Things is a seasonally appropriate device called a HappyLight.

A lawyer for a New Hampshire woman awaiting re-sentencing with her husband for holding U.S. marshals at bay from their fortress-like home in 2007 says she is ashamed of her actions and is seeking a divorce.

The Vermont Department of Health says the level of flu activity in the state has risen from “regional” to "widespread."

One of the longest-running events in the region that honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr takes place in Northampton, Massachusetts on the national holiday for the civil rights leader.

The door of the Berkshire District Attorney's office.
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On Monday, a senior staffer in the Berkshire County District Attorney office resigned in protest over what she described as a culture where politics took precedence over the law.


An educational initiative developed at the Smithsonian has opened at the Springfield Science Museum.

Vermont Statehouse
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Nearly 30 advocacy organizations outlined a 2020 Climate Action Plan at the Vermont Statehouse this week. The groups say the proposed polices would enact critical environmental policies while strengthening Vermont’s economy.

Massachusetts State House

After back-to-back years of $1 billion state budget surpluses, policy makers on Beacon Hill may be in for a jolt.

The door of the Berkshire District Attorney's office.
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The Berkshire County District Attorney office's public records officer has resigned in protest and become a whistleblower about the office’s culture.

A picture of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
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Gov. Charlie Baker has unveiled legislation aimed at overhauling the way Massachusetts State Police hires, promotes and disciplines troopers. 

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council held its first meeting of the new session this week.

The select board in Williamstown, Vermont, has rescinded its vote to terminate the town manager, who was accused of creating a hostile work environment.

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The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has agreed to make changes to settle a lawsuit over allegations that it forwarded information about immigrant farm workers to federal authorities, leading to arrests and deportations.

A man at a podium looks at a row of seated people at a series of tables. They sit before a wood panelled wall in a room lit with long flourescent lights.
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Two and a half years after MASS MoCA abruptly painted over public art made by children in North Adams, Massachusetts, city leaders are calling for answers.

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A 20-year-old member of the Holy Cross women's crew team has died and several of her teammates are being treated for serious injuries after their van crashed in Florida.


     The planned closure of a bank branch has sparked concern about the impact on a low-income neighborhood in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

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As the Massachusetts legislature begins the final year of the two-year legislative session, advocates are pushing many agendas.

City of Pittsfield

The largest public high school in Berkshire County went into lockdown for about 30 minutes this morning after a violent outburst from a student. Police were summoned to Pittsfield High School to assist the school’s staff with that student and a second student upset by the incident. WAMC spoke with Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jake McCandless about what happened. McCandless says he’s not concerned about any further violence.


  The Five College Consortium in western Massachusetts has received a $2.5 million grant to enhance Native American studies.