New England News

Algae research sign
Vermont Small Business Accelerators, LLC

The city of Burlington has teamed with an engineering firm on a pilot project exploring a new way to reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain.

David Ortiz
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Massachusetts officials are moving to name a bridge in honor of retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

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        Concerns have been raised about the disciplining of a police detective in Springfield, Massachusetts after he was accused of threatening to kill and plant drug evidence on two youths.

       Springfield City Councilor Justin Hurst, joined by four of his colleagues, complained the 60-day suspension given detective Gregg Bigda by Police Commissioner John Barbieri is too lenient.

      " I think we have to ask when it comes to this case, at what point, at what standard is there when the commissioner feels a cop should be terminated," asked Hurst?

Facebook: Norman Rockwell Museum

A foundation connected to illustrious filmmaker George Lucas is donating $1.5 million to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.

An image of the virtual reality experience.
Valve Corporation: Courtesy of Williams College

Could a history lecture be enhanced by allowing students to virtually experience a moment in time? Faculty at Williams College in western Massachusetts think so and WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis went to find out how they intend to do it.

Ben & Jerry's ice cream
Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry's is planning a nearly $31 million expansion of its St. Albans manufacturing facility, a move it says will add 65 more jobs.

Downtown Historic District, Rutland, Vermont
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A group working to resettle international refugees in the United States says it has won approval from the U.S. State Department to bring 100 people fleeing war-torn Syria to Rutland, Vermont.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

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The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation says it is determined to provide clean drinking water to Bennington-area residents with contaminated wells, despite a slowed negotiation process with the company linked to the contamination.

A CH-53K King Stallion helicopter
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The Connecticut General Assembly has given final legislative approval to a $220 million agreement that will keep Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in the state to produce a new line of heavy cargo helicopters.

Scott Williams
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A Vermont prosecutor is one of 25 people being honored with medals and cash awards by the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

Springfield Museums

Massachusetts officials have announced state funding for an exhibit at a new museum highlighting the life and work of a renowned children’s book author.

The Berkshire Medical Center North County Renal Dialysis Center opens Sept. 29.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Roughly 30 people in need of renal dialysis in northern Berkshire County will now have access to a facility nearby.

WAMC

     Authorities have released composite sketches of a suspect in a 24-year-old western Massachusetts murder case. The images were not produced from the recollections of witnesses, but from an analysis of the DNA of the possible killer.

Vermont health and environmental officials are reminding residents in the Bennington area about a meeting this evening to address the chemical contamination of local water supplies. 

WAMC

A major construction project is underway at a private college in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Rally signs
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Pressure is mounting to release the body cam video of a deadly police shooting in Winooski, Vermont a week and a half ago. 

MGMSpringfield

       A noticeable change is occurring in the skyline of downtown Springfield, as construction work kicks into high gear on the MGM casino. 

Hampden District Attorney's Office

     A district attorney Wednesday is planning to announce what is called a “significant development” in a notorious unsolved western Massachusetts murder case.

The 2016 ACEEE scorecard map.
Twitter: @ACEEEdc

Massachusetts has found itself atop a national energy efficiency scorecard for the sixth straight year. Several Northeast states also ranked near the top.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The University of Vermont has received the largest gift ever to a publicly-funded university in New England and has renamed its medical school in honor of the donor.

Alberto G. /flickr

  The results of standardized tests given in Massachusetts schools last year are a mixed bag for the state’s second largest school system.

Hundreds of people turned out for the meeting Monday at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Hundreds of people turned out for a meeting Monday about bringing refugees, likely from Syria and Iraq, to Pittsfield.

Phil Scott (File photo Sept. 2016)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont's Republican lieutenant governor says he would sell his share of a construction company if he wins the governor's race in November.

Black Lives Matter Flag flies at student center at the University of Vermont
Akilah Ho-young/Facebook

A Black Lives Matters flag that had been flying at the University of Vermont campus was stolen over the weekend.

MGMSpringfield

The skyline of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts is getting a new temporary feature.

Police are investigating the discovery of a body in a wooded area in South Burlington.

WAMC

   Ground was broken today for a future park in Springfield, Massachusetts that will be named for a slain U.S. Marine.

Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland
wikipedia.org

Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland has reported to a federal prison in New York to begin serving a 2 ½-year sentence for campaign fraud.

The subdistrict ideas for Pittsfield's Tyler St. area.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Working with the state, Pittsfield continues to generate ideas to redevelop a neighborhood that borders the city’s once-thriving General Electric site.

Examples of BerkShares notes
Facebook: BerkShares Local Currency

A local currency program in western Massachusetts is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Alice Maggio is the executive director of BerkShares Inc. based in Great Barrington.

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