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Ballerinas dance across a stage with a backdrop of a indigo, magenta, and orange sunset in an ornate garden
Albany Berkshire Ballet

Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based Albany Berkshire Ballet is marking its 50th anniversary in 2019. Associate Artistic Director Mary Giannone Talmi tells WAMC that the half-century celebration will see ambitious new works alongside the staples the company is known for.

    New York, beginning next March, will ban retailers from giving customers single-use plastic shopping bags. Is Massachusetts next?

Officials hope a new, vibrant neighborhood will help purge the demons of an imposing building with a troubled past in Vermont's largest city.

A Vermont National Guard supply sergeant has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sold military equipment online that had been shipped to the Rutland armory.

Vermont Senate Chamber
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The Vermont Senate has approved a proposal to amend the state constitution to preserve a woman's right to an abortion.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott stops in Burlington on Thursday April 4th
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During a stop in Burlington Thursday morning, Vermont Governor Phil Scott discussed the status of the current legislative session in Montpelier.

On Saturday, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts hosts the sixth annual Live Out Loud Community Conference on its North Adams campus.

The seal of the the city of North Adams, Massachusetts
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The mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts, says the city’s search for a new police chief is narrowing down.

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A dancer, an actor, and a drummer are joining forces at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, to present a work in progress this weekend.

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A Vermont health center has announced it received a $125,000 donation, which is the largest private family donation in the organization's five-year history.

Coyote
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Vermont's top Fish and Wildlife official says a coyote that attacked a Salisbury couple outside their home tested positive for rabies.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources says it is making an effort to stop pollution before it happens.

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A legendary New England jam band with Berkshire County roots is celebrating almost a half century in Pittsfield, Massachusetts this weekend.

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      More supervisors have been added to the ranks of the troubled police department in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

       With a recent measles outbreak in the news and the on-going opioid addiction crisis, it is an opportune time to bring attention to public health resources.

Four chocolate bars produced by Brooklyn Dark lying in a row- Moroccan Spice, Open Sesame, Orange Silk, and Classic Hemp.
Brooklyn Dark

As it faces power outages, store closures, and financial strains, the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts, continues to face an uncertain future. But to some entrepreneurs, the ample empty space in the 700,000-square foot retail center is a beacon. Lev Kelman is the founder of Brooklyn Dark, a New York City-based hemp chocolate company. He’s eyeing the Berkshire Mall for a new cannabis undertaking that’s gotten the attention of Lanesborough’s select board, and shared his vision for it with WAMC.

Motorists stymied by construction in downtown Burlington, Vermont, will have access to a discounted parking deal amid road closures.

dairy cow
WAMC

As dairy farms continue to go out of business around the country, farmers and industry experts met for a two-day summit in Vermont to discuss steps they can take to improve business.

Green Mountain College building
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Vermont state and local leaders are planning to meet to discuss the upcoming closure of Green Mountain College.

Peregrine falcons occupy Vermont cliffs in early spring and summer
Photo by C.P. Merrill / Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife

The U.S. Forest Service is temporarily closing some cliffs in the Green Mountain National Forest to protect the nests of peregrine falcons that are known to raise young there.

Police in New Hampshire say they cited a driver who had a kid in her lap — the baby goat kind.

Burlington City Hall
WAMC Photo

Monday was the beginning of a new term for Burlington, Vermont city councilors as re-elected and new members were sworn in. Mayor Miro Weinberger then delivered his annual State of the City address.

Fresh Paint Springfield

     The bare outside walls of 10 buildings in Springfield will be the canvases for professional artists when a mural festival comes to western Massachusetts later this year.

Vermont Statehouse  (file photo)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont Senate has been considering a bill that would not only ban the use of single-use plastic bags but also bar plastic straws and expanded polystyrene products.  On Friday, the chamber gave preliminary approval to a bill that some advocates say is the most comprehensive in the country.

The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts.
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In late March, the Berkshire Mall – currently owned by the New York-based Kohan Retail Investment Group – closed for almost a week due to a power outage. The mall – built in Lanesborough, Massachusetts in 1988 – has been hemorrhaging occupants for years, with stores like Sears, JC Penney, and Best Buy closing their locations in the 700,000-square foot retail center. As its star continues to dim as an economic magnet for the region, WAMC spoke with 1Berkshire president and CEO Jonathan Butler about the mall’s significance for the county’s economy.

A consultant with a real estate company said there is "high degree of confidence" of moving forward with the redevelopment of the long-vacant Court Square Hotel building. MGM Springfield is investing in the $55 million project to satisfy its obligation to develop market-rate housing within a half-mile of the downtown casino.Credit WAMCEdit | Remove

   MGM plans to increase the amount of money it intends to invest in a major urban renewal project just a block from its downtown gambling resort in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Some changes are planned at Lake Shaftsbury State Park for the upcoming summer season.

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With spring arriving, paving will soon begin on stretches of Vermont's Interstate 89.

Police in Vermont say two teenagers have admitted they vandalized an office with racist graffiti.

School bus
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Under a new Vermont law, a working group will be formed by Sept. 1 to advise the State Board of Education on making student performance standards more inclusive.

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