Alcoa has backed off a plan to close its smelting operations in northern New York after the state agreed to a series of incentives.

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Officials with a Brattleboro psychiatric hospital say they have been found to be in full compliance with a federal agency's conditions, which were instituted in October 2014 after the hospital failed a survey.

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Governor Peter Shumlin is telling refugees in Vermont that he welcomes their presence in the state, saying employers need young workers and that he believes they will be contributors to the state's economy and social fabric.

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For most of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Burlington, Vermont waterfront was an industrial hub.  Since the 1990’s,  officials have been converting the lakeshore for public and recreational use. On Monday, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the ribbon cutting of a new state-of-the-art skateboard park signifying the completion of Waterfront Access North.

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A delegation from a Montreal suburb got a look at the transportation manufacturing sector in Plattsburgh Monday and the mayors signed a mutual cooperation agreement.

A major Wall Street bond rating agency has downgraded the credit outlook for Massachusetts.

Standard and Poor’s changed the outlook on Massachusetts bonds from stable to negative and warned that if the state continues to spend down its cash reserves the bond rating could be lowered in the future. 

It echoes concerns raised recently by Eileen McAnneny of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation over Beacon Hill’s practice of using the rainy day fund to fill gaps in the state budget.

After months of hints, New York state Assemblyman Pete Lopez officially announced his candidacy for the 19th Congressional District seat  being vacated by Chris Gibson on Monday. Lopez joins a list of hopefuls eyeing the 2016 elections.

Toys that pose a danger to young children exposing them to a choking risk, loud noise, or toxic materials are displayed at a MassPIRG news conference.

With the holiday shopping season set to begin, a consumer group in Massachusetts is out with its annual warning about toy safety.

Despite decades of consumer warnings and product safety crackdowns by the government, the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group says it still found toys on store shelves this year that could cause harm to small children.

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal wants an investigation into a federal agency after a Haitian national was accused of killing a Connecticut woman shortly after his release from prison.