New England News

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The state of Vermont has one of the toughest concussion laws in the country and officials want to know if it is being properly followed.

A Vermont high school student charged with sending death threats to fellow students, teachers and staff at his school, causing three lockdowns and the cancellation of classes, has been jailed for violating the conditions of his release.

Five College Consortium

The Five College Consortium has opened a $14 million library annex in western Massachusetts.

MGM will likely miss a deadline for constructing part of its $950 million casino project in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Berkshire Theatre Group

The Berkshire Theatre Group is throwing a dance party next month focused on LGBTQ pride. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with the Group’s Oskar Hallig about the effort.  

Building 6 (Robert W. Wilson Building) at MASS MoCA
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Mass MoCA in North Adams will double in size Sunday with the opening of Building 6.

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        Massachusetts casino regulators are being urged to relax restrictions on people with criminal records getting jobs in the state’s casinos.

Berkshire Bank To Aquire Commerce Bank

May 26, 2017
A door to a Berkshire Bank branch
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Berkshire Bank is acquiring Commerce Bank, and moving its headquarters from Pittsfield to Boston.

A tentative contract agreement has been reached for teachers in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts after more than a year of negotiations.

A bill that updates the VA’s appeals process has passed the U.S. House.

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Massachusetts casino regulators are being urged to relax restrictions on people with criminal records getting jobs in the state’s casinos.

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The Pittsfield City Council began its review of the proposed 2018 budget this week. The public school spending plan – one of the city’s largest expenses – will be discussed tonight at 6.

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont Legislature adjourned on May 19th with the threat of a budget veto by the governor and a special session planned at the end of June to deal with vetoes.  Although the session ended with the focus on teacher health care contracts, the leaders of the legislature say the controversy overshadowed a number of legislative accomplishments.

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is scheduled to meet in Springfield Thursday for a progress report on the MGM casino.

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The Baker Administration has announced an additional $6.8 million to go toward the Last Mile Infrastructure Grant Program to bring broadband internet networks to rural communities in Central and Western Massachusetts. 

Governor Phil Scott announces marijuana bill veto
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Governor Phil Scott today vetoed Vermont’s first-in-the-nation legislatively approved marijuana legalization bill.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was in Montpelier today as the governor explained why he is sending the legislation back.

Dance for the Arts collaborative

IS183 Art School of the Berkshires is switching gears from after-school activities to offering mini-summer camps for kids. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Spokesperson Carrie Wright and Executive Director Hope Sullivan, who discussed the importance of engaging children throughout the year. Wright speaks first.

Massachusetts Health Connector

A detailed analysis of the health care bill approved by House Republicans in Washington says Massachusetts would be hit particularly hard if it becomes law. 

This is a picture of Adams Hinds who is running for the Massachusetts Senate.
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Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds has secured funding for employment in Berkshire County.

North Street
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Pedestrian and bicycle safety in Pittsfield has become a priority as the city continues to redevelop its downtown, but police say problems persist.

      The still vibrant Massachusetts economy faces several uncertainties according to the latest edition of a quarterly journal.

Smuggler's Notch in autumn
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The narrow mountain highway known as Smugglers Notch that links the Vermont towns of Stowe and Jeffersonville is now open for the season.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied several requests to halt Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Pipeline Expansion Project in Massachusetts’ Otis State Forest. 

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        The city of Springfield is planning to take by eminent domain more than a dozen properties, including a public housing authority complex, to improve access and parking for a new community center.  The $10 million South End Community Center is one of the last major rebuilding projects from the tornado that struck the city six years ago next month.

This is a map highlighting Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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A southern Berkshire County nonprofit will unveil a wall Saturday in Great Barrington dedicated to young people.

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Democratically-controlled Vermont Legislature adjourned last Friday despite budget veto threats from the Republican governor over the failure to reach a deal on a new teacher health insurance negotiation plan.

    Plans have been announced for a permanent expanded police presence in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts in advance of the scheduled opening next year of the MGM casino.

This is a picture of internet cables
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Monterey, Massachusetts is pulling out of a four-town broadband agreement with the state. The town instead will work with a local company that is not supported by state funds to bring internet to residents. 

Picture of marijuana plant
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Williamstown, Massachusetts has approved a special zoning permit for marijuana-related businesses in town. 

Jayveon Caballero
Vermont State Police

The man charged in the first slaying in Vermont's capital city of Montpelier in nearly a century is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to the second-degree murder charge against him.

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