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The president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system is recommending tuition hikes. 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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The Vermont Legislature has reached the midpoint of its current session.  The governor’s weekly press conference at the Statehouse on Thursday included a look at what progress has occurred since the session began in January.

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More manufacturing work is coming to a rail car factory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Hugh Hardy Remembered For Mahaiwe Restoration

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Legendary architect Hugh Hardy died last Friday, according to his company. Among Hardy’s many projects was the restoration of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Theater in Great Barrington, Massachusetts for its Centennial Celebration in 2005 – preserving its quintessential early 20th century ambience.

Cheshire Parents May Opt To Move Children

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Residents of the Town of Cheshire, Massachusetts are struggling to choose what school their children will go to when the local elementary school closes next year. 

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    A special committee has begun working to identify ways to improve relations between the police and the community in one western Massachusetts city.

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A landmark historic building in the center of the UMass Amherst campus has reopened after more than two decades and a $21 million renovation.

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A Connecticut prosecutor says that a fatal police shooting of a suicidal, knife-wielding man was justified and police need better training to handle these situations. 

Petition To Review Pittsfield Hiring Practices

Mar 23, 2017
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A former Pittsfield, Massachusetts city councilor has filed a petition with the city to review its hiring practices.

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A Vermont measure that would legalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use has passed a House committee.

Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George
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The prosecutor in Vermont's most populous county has asked a committee of health and law enforcement professionals to look at the possibility of setting up a safe injection site for heroin and other opioid users in order to reduce overdoses and get addicts more treatment.

From left: Jonathan Rajewski, Devi Momot, Vermont Assistant Attorney General Ryan Kriger, JayKramer, Paul Konschak
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Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont is home to the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation.  The state-of-the-art lab allows students to assist in computer forensics and digital investigations in the public and private sectors.  The facilities recently hosted a cybersecurity forum for businesses and non-profits to help them understand digital threats.

Pittsfield Defends Hiring Practices

Mar 22, 2017
Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer defends hiring practices during a press conference at city hall.
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Pittsfield is promoting diverse hiring practices following allegations over several years that the western Massachusetts city does not conform to affirmative action standards. 

 

Some juvenile offenders in Massachusetts are offered a choice straight out of "Hamlet": to act or not to act.

Shakespeare & Company, a theater company in Lenox, works with the courts to get youngsters who run afoul of the law sentenced to perform works of Shakespeare on stage as an alternative to community service or juvenile detention.

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Senate Democrats in Montpelier are giving a bill that would raise Vermont's legal age for using tobacco to 21 a lukewarm reception.

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A lawsuit filed by a Vermont woman whose former civil union partner fled the country with their child rather than share custody is being allowed to proceed because one of the defendants is set to be sentenced in a separate case.

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A Vermont company has won a U.S. Army contract worth up to $98 million to produce lightweight next-generation combat helmets for soldiers.

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    The Trump administration is trying to turn up the pressure on so-called sanctuary cities, but so far activists in western Massachusetts are not backing down in their efforts to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation.

     In the face of criticism from elected officials and residents, the head of the department of public works in the largest city in western Massachusetts is defending the efforts to clear the streets of snow after last week’s big storm. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaks at a state house ceremony to honor Iwo Jima veterans.
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Gov. Charlie Baker is urging the state's congressional delegation to fight a Republican-backed health care bill that he says could undermine Massachusetts' efforts to maintain its highest-in-the-nation rate of insured residents. 

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Vermont legislators are considering a bill that could raise the legal age for using tobacco to 21.

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The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, says it has more than tripled its membership since Donald Trump was elected president, part of a national trend.

The Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin will get an interim leader when the current chief operating officer retires at the end of the month.

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A proposal to build a luxury hotel a mile from the summit of New Hampshire's Mount Washington has environmentalists and hiking groups complaining it would damage the fragile alpine ecology and destroy scenic views.

Burlington opioid forum
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Opioid deaths in Vermont increased 38 percent in 2016 despite efforts by health, law enforcement and government officials to stem the crisis. Now, the city of Burlington has drafted 11 principles to guide its approach in dealing with the crisis.  Thursday evening, the mayor hosted a public forum to encourage public input on the principles before they are presented to the city council.

Burlington Electric General Manager Neale Lunderville holds laptop that led to hacking report
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A recent cybersecurity conference at Champlain College in Burlington discussed how companies should respond to cyber threats.  In a case study highlighting how to deal with reporters after a hacking, officials from the FBI and Burlington Electric Department discussed how they handled widely publicized reports that the utility had been hacked by Russians, when it wasn’t.

Congressional Republican leaders and the White House are scrambling to salvage the proposed replacement to the Affordable Care Act following a report from the Congressional Budget Office this week that found 14 million people would lose health insurance next year, and 24 million after 10 years.  Vermont’s at-large Democratic Congressman Peter Welch held a conference call Wednesday with Vermont hospital executives to discuss the potential impact of the GOP’s American Health Care Act.

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The Vermont Legislature has given final approval to a bill that will give the governor greater control over how and when the state's police forces are used by the federal government to enforce President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

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The late-season storm that pummeled the Northeast has ended up being the third-biggest snowstorm ever recorded in South Burlington, Vermont.

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The University of Massachusetts is responding to a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges she was held against her will by members of the men's basketball staff.

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