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The South Burlington school district is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four South Burlington residents over the high school's mascot name change.

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Cheshire, Massachusetts residents have finally approved a regional school district budget. 

     Service cuts are looming on the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.

The summit of Mt. Greylock in western Massachusetts
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Authorities say the death of a man whose body was found by hikers on the highest mountain in Massachusetts is not considered suspicious.

   A Massachusetts anti-poverty group is calling for establishing a housing task force in the state’s third-largest city.   As the Springfield City Council heard that request, it voted to give MGM more time to build housing as part of the downtown casino project.  

Bipartisan group of Vermont leaders meet at Statehouse in Montpelier to decry federal health care bill
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The razor-thin survival of the GOP health care bill became dire Monday night when two Republican senators declared they would not support the legislation.  Earlier in the day a bipartisan group of Vermont leaders had gathered at the Statehouse to decry the measure and what they call potential negative impacts on the state.

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    The city of Northampton, Massachusetts, where Mayor David Narkewicz recently pledged that the city would maintain the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, is offering its residents two new energy programs.

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Clarksburg, Massachusetts has raised its water district’s utility rates. 

The executive director of a Vermont circus school has stepped down after an outcry over last week’s firings of the school's founders.

Bipartisan group of Vermont leaders meet at Statehouse in Montpelier to decry federal health care bill
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Vermont's Republican Governor Phil Scott, the three members of its congressional delegation and other top state politicians say the health care plan being considered in the U.S. Senate would be devastating for the state.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a $39.4 billion state budget. It comes more than two weeks after the start of the fiscal year.

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A western Massachusetts city is offering its residents two new energy programs this summer.

      A Massachusetts anti-poverty group wants a housing task force created in the state’s third-largest city.

     For the first time in five years, Massachusetts is providing financial help to build new public libraries.

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Cheshire, Massachusetts residents will try again to pass a regional school district budget tonight.

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The candidates for mayor in North Adams, Massachusetts have put their campaign strategies to work – and there’s one who claims she won’t spend a dime on a campaign headquarters, lawn signs or mail outs. 

       To mark the 65th anniversary of the Connecticut River Conservancy, formerly the Connecticut River Watershed Council, the organization’s executive director is traveling the length of the river this month.

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Fifteen more demonstrators will have their day in court Tuesday after being arrested for blocking Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Pipeline Expansion in Otis State Forest. 

Officials in the western Massachusetts town of Hadley are going ahead with plans to replace the 115-year old public library building now that state funding has been approved. 

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Vermont regulators are investigating whether Vermont Gas Systems failed to bury its new gas pipeline that runs from Colchester to Middlebury deep enough in New Haven.

Baystate Health

     The largest hospital system in western Massachusetts is in line to receive $3 million in the new state budget.

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Vermont Legislature

A former Vermont lawmaker accused of soliciting sex from a farmhand instead of rent has been found guilty of one count of prohibited acts.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts has settled the second of two federal lawsuits by former police officers who claimed the city retaliated against them for whistleblowing. 

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Staffers at Berkshire Medical Center have asked the hospital’s unionized nurses not to strike. 

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A former college in Burlington was sold at auction this week.  The financial woes that led to the decline and closure of Burlington College began when Jane Sanders was president of the school. Now, federal investigators are looking into the financial dealings.

Valt

Cybersecurity officials often warn us not to use the same password for every banking, email and social media account, but creating so many unique codes is a hassle to remember. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Brent Heeringa, chair of the Williams College Computer Science Department, about his new app, Valt, which uses photos, rather than passwords, to get into safeguarded accounts.

Drivers be warned: the default speed limit in the third largest city in western Massachusetts is about to be lowered.

     With landfill space become scarcer in Massachusetts, municipalities are looking for ways to reduce the tons of trash carted off to the dumps.

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Berkshire Children & Families, an adoption and family services agency, has sent four Pittsfield students to Los Angeles for the National Take a Stand Concert in an effort to create social change. 

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The Vermont Yankee Nuclear power plant shut down on December 29, 2014.  The plant and surrounding grounds must now be decommissioned.  NorthStar is a company that specializes in decommissioning and has pending applications before the Vermont Public Utility Commission to purchase the plant from Entergy Nuclear.  NorthStar CEO Scott State says his company can decommission, clean up and complete site restoration of the plant decades sooner than Entergy had planned.

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