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A federal court ruling has cast uncertainty over the Massachusetts casino landscape.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin in South Burlington July 19, 2016
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will be in Pownal Monday to mark the lifting of the “Do Not Drink” order for the town’s water. Pownal is one of several Northeast communities facing PFOA contamination.

A citizens group believes the Community Preservation Act could help preserve St. Mary the Morning Star Church on Tyler St. in Pittsfield.
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Come November, Pittsfield could vote on whether to enroll in a program designed to preserve historic buildings and promote restoration.

   The Massachusetts legislature meets this weekend on Beacon Hill where lawmakers face a glut of bills and a Sunday night deadline.

After almost 30 years with the Springfield Regional Chamber, the last five as president, Jeff Ciuffreda is retiring. 

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Rutland’s mayor is proposing forming a "Resettlement Cabinet" to advise him on the process of bringing 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the city.  It’s a move that many hope will bridge a city increasingly divided over the issue.

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The Democratic National Convention has wrapped up in Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton accepted the presidential nomination last night and faces Republican Donald Trump in November. Clinton supporters were joined by those backing Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders during the four-day convention — many of them vocal.

Vermont Public Service Board member Margaret Cheney has announced she's stepping aside from a case in which cable giant Comcast is requesting a renewal of its state license.

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Police in Vermont say a car ended up almost vertical when the driver swerved quickly in response to her GPS ordering her to "turn around."

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The city of North Adams is calling attention to the fact that it lies along the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail by becoming an official A.T. community.

      IRS agents Thursday reportedly raided offices at two golf courses owned by the city of Springfield, Massachusetts as well as homes owned by the golf pro.

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The Lenox Planning Board has approved a proposal to expand and renovate the 105-room Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort under new ownership.

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Home to MASS MoCA and a number of studios and galleries, the city of North Adams is one step closer to securing a cultural district designation for its downtown.

A solar array at Jiminy Peak ski resort in Hancock, Massachusetts developed by EOS Ventures. The company is also consulting on the Williamstown project.
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Williams College has stepped in to help complete a solar array project that has languished in Williamstown. Under the agreement with the town, Williams College will invest about $6 million to construct a 1.9-megawatt solar array on a capped landfill.

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The Great Barrington Select Board has given the thumbs up to a medical marijuana dispensary in town.

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Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium has been in disrepair for years.  Last fall, the Public Works Department and city engineers began inspecting its leaking roof, cracked support beams and rusty steel girders.  The mayor’s office has now confirmed that the city engineer deems the building unsafe for use or occupancy.

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Less than a month after Vermont’s fiscal year 2017 budget went into effect, state economists told administration and legislative leaders a downgrade would be necessary.  While the adjustment is described as minor, critics say it’s another example of the state’s overspending.

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An environmental nonprofit in the Berkshires focused on the stewardship of native habitats has come to an end.

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The largest emergency homeless shelter in western Massachusetts is planning to merge with a regional social service provider.

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While Tanglewood is known as a unique open air venue for classical and modern music, every summer the sprawling grounds become home to one of the country’s premier music schools. The Boston University Tanglewood Institute is celebrating 50 years and WAMC went to class.

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               An emergency fund has been re-opened to help western Massachusetts farmers whose fruit crops were damaged by an extreme cold snap in mid-February. 

               The Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture ( CISA) is offering zero-interest short term loans up to $10,000.  

              WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with CISA executive director Philip Korman.

             More information about the fund can be found at the website: buylocalfood.org.

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A Vermont woman has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state's Public Service Board over an upcoming closed-door hearing regarding the Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County.

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The Vermont Supreme Court has ordered New Hampshire-based C&S Wholesale Grocers to pay roughly $30,000 in sales tax to the state.

The Vermont Health Department says blood tests of 477 people in the Bennington area exposed to the chemical PFOA found an average level that is almost five times the national average.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is asking federal officials to forgive loans for 4,400 students who attended a for-profit college that admitted to misleading students.

   Emergency funds are being offered to help western Massachusetts farmers whose crops of fruits were damaged in last February’s extreme cold snap.

   Many peach growers in the region lost their entire crop and other fruits, such as plums, were damaged, according to Phil Korman, executive director of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, the organization that administers the disaster-recovery fund.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
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Republican Governor Charlie Baker has signed a bill bringing Massachusetts into compliance with new federal requirements for driver's licenses and other identification cards.

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     Springfield, Massachusetts was the site today for a good-natured election-themed promotion for the national release of a new children’s book.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage of the Democratic National Convention Monday, closing an historic long-shot campaign for the White House. Vermont’s delegates had an emotional evening as their home-state champion urged unity behind Hillary Clinton.

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An analysis by The Associated Press finds that while women in the U.S. remain significantly underrepresented at all levels of elected office Vermont stands out for its state Legislature, Maine for longevity and New Hampshire for women in all levels of government.

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