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Vermont State Police say a man cleaning his handgun at a campsite accidentally shot his 9-year-old daughter in the stomach, sending her to the intensive care unit.

The Vermont Republican Party is hosting presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul this evening.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the state has reached a first-in-the-nation agreement with the maker of an opioid overdose reversal drug.

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The man suspected of shooting two men, one fatally, on Tyler Street in Pittsfield before fleeing to New York was arraigned in western Massachusetts Monday.

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The public schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts opened this morning to begin the first full academic year under state receivership.  While a district turnaround plan is not yet finished, there have already been some changes.

On the first day of school, Stephen Zrike, the person appointed to reform the long-troubled Holyoke schools, joined Principal Barry Bascom to greet students at the front door of Dean Vocational Technical High School.  Later, Zrike observed classrooms at the K-8th grade McMahon school.

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Best Buy is closing two of its western Massachusetts stores this fall. The electronics retailer will not renew leases for its stores in Lanesborough or Hadley after they end October 31st.

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Tuesday marks a change in leadership at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

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Artist and real estate developer Eric Rudd is up against two candidates who share a combined total of 32 years as mayor of North Adams. John Barrett logged 26 of those years before being ousted by current Mayor Richard Alcombright in 2009. Rudd, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1997 and has supported Alcombright, is touting himself as a creative thinker whose redeveloped mill buildings into art galleries and condos. Rudd spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis about his ideas for North Adams.

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Students head back to school Monday in the second largest public school system in New England.

Most public school systems in Massachusetts have seen enrollment go down in recent years, but in Springfield the number of public school students has held steady at about 26,000, according to Superintendent of Schools Dan Warwick.  Ninety percent of the students are from families that live in poverty.

Vermont State Police say they have caught at least six drivers in three weeks for speeding in excess of 100 mph along the state's highways.

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