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A surcharge collected from property taxpayers in one western Massachusetts city could pay for projects this year that increase the number of owner-occupied houses. 

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A western Massachusetts city wants its employees to watch what they say on social media.

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The vice president of a regional telecommunications group says the best way to ensure net neutrality is through "a clear and predictable national standard."

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A Connecticut lawmaker wants other states to know about a law on his state's books that could help prevent mass shootings.

Nurses at a western Massachusetts hospital have set a date for a one-day strike.

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A bill that would increase the Vermont minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years has been given final approval in the state Senate.

Vermont legislators are still considering a bill that would require Airbnb users to register with the state.

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Just over two weeks before voters in Burlington, Vermont go to the polls on Town Meeting Day, the three candidates for mayor faced off in another forum Thursday evening.

The League of Women Voters of Springfield, Massachusetts has announced a series of forums this month on police oversight.

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As part of Black History Month, a ceremony honored the first African American to join the fire department in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

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Norman Rockwell's three sons have withdrawn from a lawsuit against The Berkshire Museum, which wants to sell one of their father's paintings from its collection.

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The union representing some Burlington city employees has endorsed independent Carina Driscoll, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter, who is running for mayor of the city where Sanders got his start in politics.

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A Vermont man is facing fish and wildlife violations for illegally bringing two exotic reptiles into the state, both of which can grow very large.

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Federal prosecutors have recommended that a teen who sent death threats to a Vermont high school be sentenced to probation despite his violation of court orders.

       There was finally some good news this week on the opioid front in Massachusetts. The number of drug overdose deaths fell by 8.3 percent in 2017 compared with the year before.

            The League of Women Voters of Springfield, Massachusetts is holding a series of community forums this month on police oversight.

  Lawmakers in Massachusetts are weighing a bill to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports operators.

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The Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts is exploring the purchase of another building in which to establish a first-of-its-kind national center for illustration education and research.

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    Opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell more than 8 percent last year, according to the latest report released Wednesday from state health officials.

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     The state police and the emergency management agency in Massachusetts have announced a partnership with a private social network to interact with people on a neighborhood level.

The University of Vermont and St. Michael's College are taking steps to stop the possible spread of mumps on the campuses.

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Classes start soon at the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute, the region’s first school designed specifically to train people for the hundreds of gaming jobs at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino.  MGM today announced an incentive for people to enroll. 

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Vermont State Police are reviewing policies and an officer is on administrative leave until all investigations are completed after an officer-involved fatal shooting of a Sheldon, Vermont man on Interstate 89 Sunday.

The mayor of Burlington, Vermont, is denouncing a white supremacist organization that gathered at a city park over the weekend.

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Vermont State Police have identified the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Benjamin Gregware on Interstate 89 Sunday. One of the officers has been part of four other officer-involved shootings.

How do you increase voter turnout for a municipal election?  Some elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts believe they have an answer. 

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced a two-week extension of the public comment period for the agency’s rail plan.

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Despite sharply higher premiums, the number of people buying health insurance through the Massachusetts exchange increased during the open-enrollment period.

The state of Vermont plans to spend about $37 million to help build or renovate between 550 and 650 affordable homes in the state.

Tony Pomerleau, a Vermont man who rose from humble roots to become one of the state's major business figures and a prominent philanthropist, has died at age 100.

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