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Officials in South Burlington are reviewing plans for a hotel at Burlington International Airport.

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The father of a slain Parkland, Florida high school student has brought his campaign against gun violence to Springfield, Massachusetts – home to gun maker Smith & Wesson.

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The home foreclosure rate in Massachusetts is higher than the national average.  But there is a program now in its 10th year that state officials say is helping keep people in their homes.

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Mayor Linda Tyer plans to reintroduce a controversial plan to upgrade Pittsfield’s wastewater plant at the next city council meeting.

Champlain College President Donald Laackman
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Champlain College recently announced a new initiative to increase online enrollments. The college in Burlington, Vermont will halve tuition for its online learners.  President Donald Laackman says the initiative was created after the college assessed several online learning concerns expressed by potential students.

Vermont Senate Chamber
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The Vermont Senate has voted to override Republican Governor Phil Scott's veto of a bill that would give Vermont more power to regulate children's products containing unsafe chemicals.

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A judge is now open to considering a request to dismiss felony charges — including attempted aggravated murder — against a Vermont teen accused of planning to shoot up his former high school.

The woman who died on the Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing this week was a Vermont native.

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The Vermont Department of Public Safety has released a statewide safety assessment of schools ordered by Governor Phil Scott after an alleged shooting plot was discovered and a teen arrested.

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The Vermont Senate on Thursday overrode Governor Phil Scott’s first veto of the session.  On Monday, the Republican nixed a bill that would regulate toxic materials.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, Senate sponsors were rankled over the governor’s move, but industry lobbyists agreed with the governor that the bill is unnecessary.

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The Select Board in Lee, Massachusetts voted this week to continue sharing a town administrator with Lenox for another year. 

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The Second Annual Berkshire Earth Expo Environmental Action Fair is set for this weekend in Dalton.

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    Miriam Nelson, a health and nutrition scholar, scientist, higher education administrator, and government policy advisor, has been chosen as the next president of Hampshire College.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
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There are about three weeks left in the Vermont legislative session.  Vermont Senate Pro Tem Democrat/Progressive Tim Ashe notes that one of the latest items has come up in the wake of a teenager’s arrest for planning, but not implementing, a mass shooting at the Fair Haven Union High School.  Ashe says legislators are looking at whether they should revise criminal statutes to address when someone might attempt a felony. Ashe spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

An Amtrak train arrives at the station in Hartford,Ct
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Officials have announced a mid-June start date for new high-frequency, high-speed rail service between New Haven, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts.

Burlington Police car
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A report analyzing police traffic stops by race in Burlington, Vermont, finds that white and black drivers are just as likely to receive a warning instead of a ticket when stopped.

Cutout theft suspects
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Two women who took a life-sized cardboard cutout ad of a Vermont restaurant owner from an airport have sent a check to the bistro to pay for replacement costs.

Signs during Governor Phil Scott's gun bill signing 4-11-18
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The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, several gun dealers and a state rifle and pistol association have filed a lawsuit over Vermont's new gun law that bans high-capacity magazines.

BCC Opens Women’s Center

Apr 18, 2018
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Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield officially opened its new women’s center on Tuesday.

Massachusetts casino regulators have given MGM additional time to work on a development project that is part of the company’s deal with the state to build a resort casino in downtown Springfield.

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  The board of trustees at Hampshire College has picked a new president for the small liberal arts school. 

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In the wake of Burlington city voters approving a resolution asking that the U.S. Air Force cancel plans to base the F-35 fighter jet at the Vermont National Guard base, two nearby city councils this week passed similar resolutions to forward to military officials.

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A world famous violinist with ties to the Berkshires performs in Great Barrington tonight.

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    A move by the University of Massachusetts Amherst to expand the flagship campus into greater Boston is being buffeted by headwinds. 

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Prosecutors say a Massachusetts man fatally shot his ex-girlfriend during an argument when she came to his home to pick up their children.

Vermont prosecutors say no criminal charges will be filed against police officers involved in the January fatal shooting of a bank robbery suspect on the grounds of a high school.

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A judge has set $100,000 bail for a Vermont teenager accused in a school shooting plot that led to changes in Vermont's gun laws.

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    A facility to train nurses for the growing healthcare industry in western Massachusetts is expanding.

Berkshire State Rep. Discusses Budget, Elections

Apr 17, 2018
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State lawmakers in Massachusetts are working on a spending plan for the coming fiscal year and keeping a close eye on November’s elections.

PVTA buses at Union Station in Springfield
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   Public transit providers across Massachusetts are lobbying for more state aid. Without it, riders in many areas of the state will face cuts in bus service.

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