All the attention in our region has been on prison issues in upstate New York in recent weeks. But next door, a report by the Vermont state auditor is critical of the Department of Corrections’ transitional housing program for released inmates.

  There’s word that the commissioner of the state’s environmental agency is leaving, just two days after Joe Martens issued the final environmental impact statement banning hydrofracking in New York. The final report on fracking is a signal for others to move on as well. Anti-fracking groups say they are using New York’s stance to help convince other states, and even countries to ban the gas drilling process.

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A meeting Tuesday between unionized workers and leadership of a Berkshire County-based mental health organization failed to reach a deal meant to avoid an employee strike.


For the second time in as many days there has been a promotion from within to fill a key public safety job in a western Massachusetts city.

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz Wednesday appointed Duane Nichols the new Chief of the Northampton Fire Rescue Department. Nichols is a 28-year veteran of the department. He worked his way up the ranks to become assistant chief – the number two position in the department -- in 2007.

"  We have an excellent organization, with a good group of ( firefighers) and equipment and we can build on that," said Nichols.

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


Martin Meehan began his tenure as president of the University of Massachusetts Wednesday by a holding a roundtable discussion with students at UMass Boston.

Meehan said he intends to build UMass into “the best public university system in the nation.”  During an interview in May he talked about ways to elevate the university’s stature.

"It is looking at how to improve, achieve more excellence. You can always increase your research and continue to improve," he said.

Spring Valley Police Dept.

Authorities in Rockland County say a Spring Valley mother who couldn't handle her 4-year-old son tied him to a bush while she went into an apartment to baby-sit.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Jul 1, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

Organization Seeks "Common Ground" In Disputes

Jul 1, 2015

Being caught in the middle of an argument is never fun, but there are people who actually volunteer for such duty. In the 1980s, legislation was passed in New York establishing dispute resolution services for all 62 counties in the state. The aim is to keep people out of court and resolve all types of disagreements. One such service is located in Catskill. Dawn Wallant is the executive director of Common Ground Dispute Resolution.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Jul 1, 2015
Newschannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano

Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, July 1, 2015.