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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy announced Monday that $600,000 in grants will go to five Vermont communities to help them hire new law enforcement officers.

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Voters in Clarksburg, Massachusetts have once again shot down renovations at the town’s elementary school.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott made additional appointments to his Cybersecurity Advisory Team on Monday.

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A member of the Berkshire Museum’s Collections Committee has stepped down amid a controversial plan to sell art to fund an expansion and endowment at the Pittsfield, Massachusetts museum. A judge temporarily halted the sale November 10th.

The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill exempting future members of the Adams, Massachusetts police force from having to take the state’s civil service test. 

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   A venerable bus company founded in Springfield, Massachusetts is moving its corporate headquarters to the city’s Union Station, which is rapidly filling with tenants less than a year after it was restored and reopened.

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Criminal justice reform legislation is making its way through the Massachusetts legislature. 

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   Two seasonal traditions that are sandwiched around Thanksgiving return this week to Springfield, Massachusetts. 

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Vermont's Castleton University is getting a $1 million grant to help students pursue doctoral degrees.

A growing number of Massachusetts communities are opting to leave their borders open to commercial marijuana businesses.

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The largest holiday light show in New England will shine again this year in the largest park in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

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Voters in Clarksburg, Massachusetts will take another shot at approving renovations at the town’s elementary school. 

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Municipalities in Western Massachusetts are hitting the pause button on medical and recreational marijuana stores.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders held a student town meeting at the Burlington High School Friday afternoon to discuss the opioid crisis.

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Goblins, dragons and trolls have taken over the Norman Rockwell Museum. Journey into the newest exhibit at the museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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       The first prototype of new subway cars that will eventually be manufactured in western Massachusetts are being shipped this week from China to Boston.

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The state’s economic development arm has once again denied a grant application to help get the Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum in North Adams, Massachusetts off the ground.

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Last week, the Massachusetts Senate passed an omnibus healthcare reform bill to lower costs, improve patient care, and maintain access to healthcare. One amendment added by State Senator Adam Hinds, a Pittsfield Democrat, was based on pending legislation in the House to help volunteer ambulance services in rural communities. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Representative Paul Mark of the 2rd Berkshire state House District, who authored the legislation.

     The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts voted earlier this week to authorize the city to borrow more than $12.5 million to pay for construction projects and equipment purchases.  But a delay in authorizing city funds to improve a park drew the ire of the mayor.

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This week, the Department of Justice sent letters to 29 jurisdictions across the country asking them to prove they are complying with federal immigration law that requires information sharing.  Albany, NY, Lawrence, Massachusetts, the state of Vermont and the city of Burlington are among the jurisdictions that received letters.  Burlington Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger made the DOJ letter public.  He says the notice is concerning, but not surprising.

A new homeless shelter has opened for the winter in Vermont's capital city.

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he doesn't believe the U.S. Justice Department has done its homework by asking the state if it is complying with a federal law that requires the sharing of information about immigration enforcement.

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Thanksgiving is next week, and summer in the Berkshires is all but a distant memory. But the Boston Symphony Orchestra released its plans today for the 2018 season at its summer home in Lenox. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Tanglewood Director Tony Fogg, who says it’s a year to celebrate.

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Author, rock music aficionado, Western Massachusetts historian, and 31-year Berkshire Eagle journalist Derek Gentile is being remembered warmly this week after he died Sunday. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Berkshire Eagle Executive Editor Kevin Moran about Gentile’s work and impact on the community.

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Hunger Free Vermont is a statewide group that has worked since 1993 to end hunger and increase access to nutritious food.  For the past nine years it has been led by Marissa Parisi, who expanded its scope statewide and broadened its focus from childhood hunger to all ages.  Parisi will leave her current position in December to helm RiseVT.  She is excited about the new challenge.

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Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman says she is not planning to run for governor in 2018. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a fellow Democrat, has already announced he will not seek a third term.

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Opponents of Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline expansion into Western Massachusetts have sent a formal complaint to Governor Charlie Baker. The activists are claiming negligence.

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Early next year, during the dead of winter, the first heads of fresh lettuce are expected to be harvested at a new greenhouse built on what was once dangerously polluted land in western Massachusetts.

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Governor Phil Scott has hired the Republican minority leader in the state Senate to work on expanding Vermont's workforce.

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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is seeking an expedited trial in the legal battle to sell art, including two works by Norman Rockwell, to fund a renovation and endowment.  

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