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A U.S. trade panel has found that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to U.S. solar manufacturers. The unanimous vote Friday by the International Trade Commission sets up the possibility that the Trump administration will impose tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from abroad.

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As controversy has swirled around a Pittsfield museum’s plan to sell parts of its permanent collection to fund a multi-million dollar expansion and future vision, a local state representative is supporting the institution’s leadership.

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Ambulance services in Williamstown and adjacent North Adams, Massachusetts plan to merge. 

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Steps are being taken to turn the Connecticut home of artist Jasper Johns into a studio retreat. 

Prosecutors say no charges will be filed in the drowning death of a Vermont toddler who was in foster care.

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During her tour of northern Berkshire County Monday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey visited a new construction firm in North Adams that has tapped into the “tiny house” market. 

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Area residents are getting together for a rally, walk and vigil to raise awareness of opioid addiction and recovery Saturday in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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  Berkshire Medical Center nurses say they intend to strike in October after submitting a 10-day notice to the Pittsfield, Massachusetts hospital Friday.

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Massachusetts has approved 14 new projects under its Economic Development Incentive Program. 

Two Native American tribes want a say in the cleanup of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and the future use of the land, which they say was the site of fishing grounds and settlements for their ancestors.

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Now wrapping up its 85th season, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts had a banner year.

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Police in Burlington, Vermont, say a man has been arrested after he pulled a large knife during a fight in City Hall Park.

Vermont's Refugee Resettlement Program has sent an application to the federal government to resettle 100 more Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Rutland.

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Vermont officials are scheduling a tour of the state to conduct hearings on public safety and law enforcement.

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A leading environmental advocacy organization has released a report outlining measures the country could take to increase renewable energy generation and cut greenhouse gases 80 percent by 2050.

Westfield State University has opened an investigation after a racial slur was written on student’s door on the Massachusetts college campus.

    A change in leadership is coming at a nonprofit economic development corporation in western Massachusetts.

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The only Republican running in the special State Representative election in Berkshire County claims she was silenced at a Democratic candidate forum in Lanesborough Monday night. 

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A week after school came to an abrupt halt in Burlington, both sides ratified a tentative contract Wednesday formally ending a four-day teachers’ strike in Vermont’s largest city.

       The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts, which was formed almost 25 years ago, is closing down.

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council is the latest group to urge the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield to halt its planned sale of art. 

The Mount Greylock School Committee in Western Massachusetts has endorsed a plan to fully regionalize the school district. 

Hundreds of people turned out for the meeting Monday at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
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The U.S. State Department is ending a plan that could have resettled refugees in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

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Ground-mounted solar arrays take up a lot of space, and the ground around them is often wasted.  An initiative in Vermont seeks to change that and use the land to help the ecosystem.

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Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have been negotiating a new contract for a year. They discussed on-the-job challenges at a safe patient care community town hall Tuesday. 

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School is back in session today in Vermont’s largest city. The Burlington School Board and the union representing teachers reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday night, ending a four-day strike that kept nearly 4,000 students out of schools across the district.

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A former military police officer who is now a defense attorney is one of two Republicans seeking the party’s nomination to take on Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, a Democrat, in next year’s election. James “Jay” McMahon tells WAMC there are three major issues of concern in his campaign; the Second Amendment, public safety and the opiate crisis in Massachusetts.

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The field of mayoral candidates in North Adams, Massachusetts has been pared from five to two. 

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The Bennington Airport in Vermont has received federal funding for runway repairs and other upgrades. 

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Massachusetts lawmakers have been gathering at the State House for a hearing on raising the minimum wage to $15 statewide. 

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