Pittsfield police say 5 people were shot Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. on Dewey Avenue.

Prison escapee David Sweat has been released from Albany Medical Center, where he was being held after his capture one week ago in the Northern New York community of Constable.


An innovative health sciences charter school in Springfield, Massachusetts will welcome its first high school freshman class at the end of August.

The Baystate Academy Charter School, which had students in grades 6 through 8 during its first two years in operation held a lottery to fill out its 9th grade class of just over 100 students. 

Executive Director Tim Sneed said the academy is a rigorous college-prep school that uses a project-based, hands-on approach known as Expeditionary Learning.

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A Vermont woman has donated land across from her South Royalton home to preserve a popular White River swimming hole.

The leader of New York's Assembly has further revised the travel reimbursement policy for his chamber's 150 members with new restrictions when the Legislature isn't in session.

Connecticut environmental officials are asking beachgoers to help protect nesting birds in coastal areas.


Massachusetts Lottery officials say they are prepared for the new competition from the casino industry.

State lottery officials say they are using zip code analysis to detect any shift in sales patterns in the convenience stores, gas stations, and bars located near Plainridge Park, the state’s first casino that opened to capacity crowds on June 24. 

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who oversees the lottery, vows the agency will compete with the casinos.

New York State Police are seeking the public's help in locating the owner of a backpack an escaped murderer was carrying when he was shot and wounded by a trooper near the Canadian border.

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Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy’s fourth “State of the County” tour gets underway next week.