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Burton is bringing back images of Playboy bunnies on its snowboards, seven years after similar depictions sparked a protest outside its headquarters in Burlington, Vermont.

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Gov. Charlie Baker is kicking off the Christmas tree buying season by declaring the day after Thanksgiving "Green Friday" in Massachusetts.

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Mayor-elect Linda Tyer is beginning her transition into Pittsfield’s top office by reaching out to department heads. The city clerk beat two-term Mayor Dan Bianchi at the polls earlier this month.

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New Hampshire health officials have approved a lung cancer patient's application for an identification card that will allow her to buy medical marijuana in Maine.

It’s being called the last, best chance for the world to take meaningful action on climate change. COP-21 is the United Nations’ multinational, multidisciplinary conference set for Paris. A number of individuals from various sectors from our region are attending the huge international meeting.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with some of the local individuals preparing for the climate conference.

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While most Americans will be spending Thursday at the dinner table explaining what they are thankful for, countless others will surely be thanked for what they are doing for others. But there are a number of people in our region working to provide a holiday meal for the less fortunate.

Massachusetts has a set of new laws on the books to safeguard the integrity of benefits, programs, and services intended for members of the military, veterans and their families.

With active members of the armed services and military veterans looking on, Governor Charlie Baker signed five bills at a Statehouse ceremony earlier this week, including one that makes “stolen valor” a crime punishable by imprisonment, a fine, or both.

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The average single-family homeowner in Pittsfield and North Adams will pay four percent more in taxes in fiscal 2016.

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The largest holiday-themed light show in the Northeast opens to the public for a 21st season tonight in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Bright Nights at Forest Park has more than 650,000 lights along a three-mile drive through the city’s largest park.  It draws tens of thousands of visitors, including many tour groups. 

Bright Nights is a collaboration of Spirit of Springfield, a private non-profit organization, and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. 

WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is taking action against student debt relief companies that she says are preying on vulnerable people.