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The Burlington City Council has approved a nonbinding resolution supporting safe injection sites in the city.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez picked up two endorsements in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Monday.

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   A new project in urban agriculture is launching this week in western Massachusetts.

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The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Vermont a $2 million dollar grant to help reduce youth homelessness in the state.

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        It is hurricane preparedness week in Massachusetts.

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The Vermont attorney general's office says it has completed its investigation into the Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital's billing practices and found no criminal misconduct, but did find several areas of billing deficiencies that need to be corrected. The state attorney general says the U.S. attorney general's office reached the same conclusion.

Woodstock fire
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An early morning fire Monday has destroyed an historic building in downtown Woodstock, Vermont that houses several businesses and two apartments.

HUD New England Regional Administrator David Tille announces grant to Vermont
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Vermont a grant to combat youth homelessness.

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   New England’s first intensive care unit for kittens opened Monday for its fifth season.

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    One of the finishing touches of the $95 million restoration of Springfield’s Union Station is now in place.

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In a move that surprised Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer, three city councilors have signed on to a letter from a disgruntled resident addressed to the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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The Vermont attorney general's office is expected to release the results on an investigation into the Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital's billing practices.

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North Adams, Massachusetts has its first new mayor in almost a decade. After his 2017 election victory, Tom Bernard took office in January — just around the time skydiving business owner and convicted rapist Alex Kelly’s bid to lease space at the North Adams airport began to make waves at the city’s airport commission meetings. In the wake of the controversy surrounding Kelly’s involvement with the public airport — which culminated in the city leasing him space at June’s commission meeting —  residents have raised questions about management of the facility and the city’s role in shaping the decision-making around it. The commission is due to meet again on Tuesday. In a conversation with WAMC Landes, Mayor Bernard says one of his first moves regarding the airport was to install two new members to its commission: Dean Bullett and Mark Morandi.

UVM Medical Center nurses' union announce intent to strike
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Nurses at Vermont's largest hospital are back on the job after a two-day strike.

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The largest city in western Massachusetts to moving to restrict vaping in public places.

          A federally-funded $500,000 renovation project has been completed at a park in the North End neighborhood of Springfield, Massachusetts.

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After months of contentious debate, the Pittsfield School Committee on Wednesday doubled down on its decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the public school calendar.

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   A contract has been finalized that will put Springfield in line to be the first big city in Massachusetts with police officers wearing body cameras.

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The sky over part of western Massachusetts will be filled this weekend with modern and vintage military aircraft.  On the ground, there could be traffic jams.

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A former Vermont police officer who stole heroin from a police evidence locker for a woman he was dating has been sentenced to six months in prison.

UVM Medical Center nurses' union announce intent to strike
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About 1,800 unionized nurses at Vermont's largest hospital launched a two-day strike Thursday following unsuccessful contract negotiations, but hospital officials say operations continued with little disruption for patients.

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Shooting ranges have become the subject of public debate in the Berkshires in recent weeks.

A contract has been finalized that could see Springfield be the first large city in Massachusetts where police officers are required to wear body cameras.

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The Massachusetts House is planning to vote on a bill aimed at eliminating a series of antiquated laws, including a ban on abortion dating back more than a century.

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Lawyers for two immigrant children detained in Connecticut after being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border have asked a judge to order that they be reunited with their families.

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A Connecticut prison inmate has pleaded guilty to running a cocaine distribution ring from behind bars.

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Vermont's State Police Marine Unit and Dive Team has located a body believed to be that of a missing kayaker in Lake Champlain.

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Officials say 3 million gallons of partially treated sewage has spewed into Lake Champlain.

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On Tuesday, Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker announced that Berkshire Community College would receive $5.5 million to turn the first floor of its Field Administration building into a One Stop Student Success Center. The grant is a part of Baker’s 2019 Capital Investment Plan to invest $190 million in higher education in the commonwealth. Conceived in 2015, the goal of the center is to make the admission and enrollment process easier for students at the college’s Pittsfield campus. WAMC spoke with Adam Klepetar, BCC’s Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, he accepted the grant on behalf of the college during a ceremony at Westfield State University.

Massachusetts State Health Department officials are being asked to set up a needle exchange program in Springfield in response to the opioid addiction crisis.

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