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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office has announced an agreement that paves the way for a solar energy facility on a brownfield site in Great Barrington.

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The two men who escaped from the Clinton Correctional facility in Dannemora on June 6th  have been caught after a three-week manhunt. Richard Matt was shot dead Friday and David Sweat was shot and captured Sunday.  Now comes one of the lengthier challenges – the prosecution of the surviving fugitive.  The escape occurred in two counties and therefore any crimes Matt and Sweat committed while on the lam must be coordinated by two district attorneys.  That’s what WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley learned when she spoke with Clinton County D.A. Andrew Wylie Sunday after Sweat’s capture.

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The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston has released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games.

It says its $4.6 billion plan would create jobs and housing, expand the tax base and leave behind an improved city with a $210 million surplus.

The announcement is designed to answer critics who say the privately funded Boston 2024 has withheld details of the bid to prevent the public from assessing whether the games could be staged without taxpayer money.

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A Pittsfield man convicted of raping a University of Massachusetts freshman in her Amherst dorm room has been sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison.

Justin King also was sentenced Monday in Hampshire Superior Court to five years of probation with several conditions after he leaves prison.

The 21-year-old King was convicted last week.

Residents within a 50-mile radius of the Clinton Correctional facility have spent much of the month of June on edge.  Murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt were the first to escape from the maximum security portion of the prison, and despite thousands of searchers, the pair evaded capture for days and then weeks. But their bout for freedom ended this weekend and residents of the area are looking forward to getting back to normal.

A wage board appointed by Governor Cuomo, speaking before a packed crowd of fast food workers, says it will authorize a “substantial” raise for fast food workers, but would not say when or even if the increase would be the $15 an hour that many groups are seeking.

A three-member board picked by Governor Cuomo to examine whether fast food workers need a raise say they are in agreement that the current wage of $8.75 an hour needs to be much higher.

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Voters in Hinsdale, Massachusetts removed a town select board member during a recall election Saturday. The efforts cap more than a year of acrimony in the town.

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New York officials say $7.3 billion is going to 25 networks of health care providers statewide to help overhaul the delivery of care and cut unneeded hospital visits. Meanwhile, state health officials say average spending for the state's Medicaid patients has declined to $8,233 annually while enrollments rose by 500,000 to nearly one-third of the state's 19 million people.   

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The three members of a state board meeting in Albany to consider minimum wage increases for New York's fast-food workers say salaries should rise, though they haven't immediately determined how high and when.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, June 29, 2015.

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