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Racks of Revision’s helmets fresh out of the paint booth and ready for assembly at the Newport,Vermont facility.
Revision Military

A Vermont manufacturer of military and police protective gear produced the bullet-resistant helmet credited with saving an officer's life during the deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month.

Vermont Right to Know GMO logo
Vermont Right to Know Coalition

After more than a year of negotiations between the top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. Senate Agriculture committee, a bill has been introduced that would preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling law days before it goes into effect.

MGMSpringfield

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by casino developer MGM that challenged a Connecticut law that lays the groundwork for a possible casino along the Massachusetts border.

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have taken steps to shore up the city’s severely underfunded municipal employee pension fund.

The Ludlow Mills Clock Tower from high above
WestMass Area Development Corp

A major project has been announced in Ludlow, Massachusetts as part of the largest brownfields mill redevelopment effort in New England.

Carolyn Kennedy
Texas A&M University

Lake Champlain has a long nautical history.  Early Native Americans used birch bark canoes on the lake.  Then warships plied the waters during the Revolutionary War. Later, the age of commerce brought ferries and steamboats, and now recreational sailing is popular. But over the centuries, many ships have sunk in the lake’s deep waters. Carolyn Kennedy, a PhD student at Texas A&M University, has been researching steamboat wrecks for the past three years.

Flickr/Karen Roe

Gardeners in Burlington, Vermont are on the lookout for someone who's been stealing flower baskets and uprooting plants from yards.

  A former Republican State Senator has been hired as the new director of Governor Charlie Baker’s western Massachusetts office.

   Baker said he’s known Mike Knapik since the 1990’s and described him as a “terrific person,” who is nonpartisan and very focused on local government and economic development.

" I believe that having Mike as our leader here in western Mass. will be a tremendous asset not just for the administration, but for western Mass. and the Commonwealth," said Baker, who added he was "wildly excited" that Knapik agreed to take the job.

Rutland, VT
Doug Kerr-Dougtone/Flickr

Some residents in the city of Rutland were blindsided when the mayor and the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program announced in April that 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees would be coming to the city in October. Now, a petition seeking to put the issue before voters has been validated.

WAMC

A major new project has been announced as part of the largest current brownfields redevelopment effort in western Massachusetts.

Gov Charlies Baker speaks from a podium
WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is urging state lawmakers to act on key bills dealing with energy and jobs before the two-year legislative session ends on July 31st.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Pittsfield City Council continues to meet this week to review Mayor Linda Tyer’s first budget.

Picture of Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is all but acknowledging that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nominee, telling C-SPAN "It doesn't appear that I'm going be the nominee."

Double Crested Cormorant
Peter Wallack/Wikimedia

Biologists are worried how a federal judge's decision to control double-crested cormorants will affect Lake Champlain and 24 eastern states.

Rutland, VT
Doug Kerr-Dougtone/Flickr

A petition seeking a vote on refugee resettlement in Rutland has met the number of signatures required for the question to appear on the Vermont city's ballot.

WAMC

An 11-room mansion built for an industrialist in Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1800’s is now part of the city’s current economic development efforts.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, second from the left, tours the Greylock Mill redevelopment project in North Adams.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Managers of a mill redevelopment effort in North Adams expect to see more activity starting this summer at what’s billed as a multi-use project.

Northern Berkshire emergency agencies practice their mass casualty response.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

As we’ve seen in recent days, accidents or violence involving a number of people require multiple emergency responders from various agencies to work together. With the growth of social media, news of a potential tragedy travels fast — and with it concern and a demand for answers from loved ones and others. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis was in the midst of a training exercise to prepare responders for a mass casualty and sent this report from North Adams.

Great Barrington Town Hall
wikipedia.org

The town of Great Barrington is looking at its options amid a host of complaints about drivers popping and tearing their tires on curbs installed as a part of Main Street reconstruction.

Lake Champlain (file photo)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has notified Vermont officials that they will sign off on the state's plan to clean up Lake Champlain.

Blue Green Algae bloom
Lake Champlain International

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the phosphorus pollution limits for the Vermont segments of Lake Champlain. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports on what the limits mean for the lake.

The sale of Massachusetts-based Friendly’s Ice Cream to the country’s largest milk processor has been completed.

The logo of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
Facebook: Massachusetts Marijuana Initiative 2016

A group seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts says it has collected more than 25,000 signatures as a final step toward securing a spot on the November ballot.

August Wolf
Facebook: August Wolf

Republican Senate hopeful August Wolf says he's suspending his campaign. In a statement Tuesday, the former Olympian said his campaign fell short of collecting the 8,079 signatures needed to challenge Republican State Representative Dan Carter in Connecticut's August 9 primary.

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has voted to extend a moratorium on new pawn shops for an additional three years.

Picture of solar panels
wikipedia commons

Environmental activists are planning a door-to-door canvass in Massachusetts this summer to promote adopting a 100 percent renewable energy policy. 

This effort comes as several energy-related bills are pending in the final weeks of the Massachusetts legislature’s two-year session. 

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Ben Hellerstein, state director of Environment Massachusetts.

Vermont’s ban on the use of felt-soled waders repealed as of July 1
Tom Rogers/Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Vermont is rescinding a five year ban on felt-soled waders.

Dave Lucas

Early voting for Vermont’s primary begins Friday.

Connecticut's state flag
wikipedia.org

Connecticut's current fiscal year is now expected to end June 30 with a larger-than-expected budget deficit.

This is a picture of an Eagleton School sign
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Another former staffer at a shuttered Berkshire County school for boys and men with developmental disabilities has pleaded guilty to abuse charges.

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