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Twenty-five people are facing state and federal drug charges and other offenses after a sweep that saw the drug suspects arrested across central Vermont.

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It’s baseball season in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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On Thursday, the Vermont Senate passed the second budget bill of the year, despite a likely veto from Republican Governor Phil Scott.

Starting July 1st, the sale of marijuana will be legal at licensed stores in Massachusetts.  But there won’t be any pot shops open then – or likely for many months after that date – in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

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On May 7th, the Trump Administration announced a new immigration policy requiring children be forcibly separated from families as “unaccompanied alien children.” Outrage has been growing and peaked in the past week when a Democratic U.S. Senator was denied entry to a center where the minors are being housed. President Trump has blamed Democrats for the policy.  This evening a rally will be held in Vermont calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop mandatory family separation.

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         A tentative contract announced Friday would make Springfield the first large city in Massachusetts where police officers would wear body cameras.

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A woman charged with killing a Connecticut couple and their adult son in what authorities called a botched fake robbery has pleaded not guilty.

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The Vermont Senate has approved the second budget bill of the year, but it faces a likely veto from Republican Governor Phil Scott.

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Two Pittsfield, Massachusetts high-schoolers are finding ways to educate their community about prejudice.

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The city council president in Pittsfield, Massachusetts says he’ll take action to shorten their bimonthly meetings.

     A new era in train travel begins next week in western Massachusetts and Connecticut with the debut of the long-awaited Hartford Line on June 16th

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State and local officials participated Thursday in the opening of a new railroad underpass linking heavily-used bike trails in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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The city council in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is reaching the end of budget hearings.

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Last week, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders filed petitions in Vermont to run for his third term.  The independent began his political career in 1981 as mayor of Burlington, served 16 years in the U.S. House and has been in the national spotlight since running for president in 2016.  On Wednesday he appeared on the Daily 202 Live, a program produced by the Washington Post, to discuss policy and politics.

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You might not have to wait several hours to renew your license in Connecticut. An express DMV center is opening in Milford, designed to streamline customer transactions.

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Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy has issued his second veto so far this year.

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Two Vermont sculptors have been chosen to design and carve a new statue to sit atop the state's capitol building.

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As Great Barrington prepares for state-funded improvements to its downtown, some business owners have concerns about how the construction will affect commerce.

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The Democratically-controlled Vermont House passed a revised 2019 budget bill on Tuesday but Republican Governor Phil Scott may veto the compromise measure if the Senate also approves the measure.

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   The first resort casino in Massachusetts, scheduled to open this summer in Springfield, wants to serve alcohol into the wee hours of the morning.  The state’s restaurant industry opposes a later “last call” at the casino.  

Great Barrington, Massachusetts is taking steps to formalize its host agreement for retail marijuana businesses in town.

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Environmental activists in western Massachusetts are hailing an announcement from the office of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

BMC Nurses Plan Another Strike

Jun 5, 2018
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Berkshire Medical Center nurses have called for a one-day strike in their negotiations with the Pittsfield, Massachusetts hospital. WAMC’s Josh Landes has more.

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The Vermont House of Representative will reconvene for a final vote on the second budget bill of the year.

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A Berkshire County organization that offers resources to immigrants has won a statewide prize for excellence in nonprofit work.

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       Authorities have identified the bodies discovered at a house in Springfield, Massachusetts as three women.  Two of them had been reported as missing persons to the police. 

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Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts is gearing up for its 2018 season. WAMC spoke to its artistic director to learn more.

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A Vermont health officials' report says rates of tobacco use and bullying continue to decrease for teens in the state.

CT Nonprofit Shares Love Of Soccer

Jun 3, 2018
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For many soccer is fun to play or watch. For Stephen Schirra, the sport breaks down language barriers and allows him to have a positive impact on children around the world.

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