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Classes start soon at the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute, the region’s first school designed specifically to train people for the hundreds of gaming jobs at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino.  MGM today announced an incentive for people to enroll. 

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Vermont State Police are reviewing policies and an officer is on administrative leave until all investigations are completed after an officer-involved fatal shooting of a Sheldon, Vermont man on Interstate 89 Sunday.

The mayor of Burlington, Vermont, is denouncing a white supremacist organization that gathered at a city park over the weekend.

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Vermont State Police have identified the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Benjamin Gregware on Interstate 89 Sunday. One of the officers has been part of four other officer-involved shootings.

How do you increase voter turnout for a municipal election?  Some elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts believe they have an answer. 

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced a two-week extension of the public comment period for the agency’s rail plan.

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Despite sharply higher premiums, the number of people buying health insurance through the Massachusetts exchange increased during the open-enrollment period.

The state of Vermont plans to spend about $37 million to help build or renovate between 550 and 650 affordable homes in the state.

Tony Pomerleau, a Vermont man who rose from humble roots to become one of the state's major business figures and a prominent philanthropist, has died at age 100.

     The Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company is planning a major expansion in its home city and state. The state is offering a generous financial incentive for the company to consolidate its operations in Massachusetts. 

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Registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center say they will launch a second strike after demands for contract changes were not met. The nurses say they want improved staffing to ensure patient safety. The Berkshire Eagle’s Samantha Wood says the nurses mounted a similar one-day strike in October that resulted in a lockout by hospital management.

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A 124-foot long mural near Burlington’s downtown shopping mall has become a controversial subject. At the most recent city council meeting, a resolution was put forward to remove the artwork, arguing it does not reflect the city’s diversity.

Insurance giant MassMutual has announced a major expansion in Massachusetts.

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A new paper from scientists in the Northeast finds that tree species are increasingly stressed by the changing climate. The paper is titled  “New England and Northern New York Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the New England Climate Change Response Framework Project.” According to the report, habitat conditions for current species like the sugar maple, northern white cedar and balsam fir will deteriorate and those species will likely be replaced by those found south of New England such as black cherry, yellow poplar and hickory.  University of Vermont Associate Professor and Director of the Forestry Program at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Tony D’Amato was the second author on the USDA paper.  He says the study is an expansion of similar work he was involved with while in Minnesota several years ago.

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Students at a second Vermont high school hope to raise a Black Lives Matter flag.

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A Vermont Senate committee has voted to approve increasing the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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At its most recent meeting, the Burlington City Council debated a citizen resolution for the Town Meeting Day ballot that would ask residents if the F-35 fighter jets should be based in Vermont’s largest city.  Their primary concern is the resolution’s wording.

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Despite a budget projected to be more than $265 million dollars in the red by its second year, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy used his final state of the state address Wednesday to highlight what he called an agenda of “fairness.” 

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Massachusetts Senate Democrats have put off a decision on a new leader for the chamber until after the current legislative session.

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Since last summer, the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has been trying to sell part of its collection including two Normal Rockwell paintings to raise an estimated $60 million for an endowment and a major renovation. But the sale has been put on hold by lawsuits and legal maneuverings as citizens groups, the state and members of the Rockwell family question the legality and wisdom of the art sales. Now there may be a resolution on the horizon. 

The Vermont Health Department says the state's chief medical examiner has been reinstated after being placed on leave amid a human resources investigation.

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Experts say the colder than usual winter is driving up demand for wood used to heat homes in northern New England, leaving some suppliers scrambling.

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The three candidates running for mayor of Burlington, Vermont came together at a forum at City Hall Monday evening.

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A New Hampshire woman who says she has a Powerball ticket that won a $559.7 million jackpot wants a court order allowing her to stay anonymous, saying she made a "huge mistake" in signing the ticket without consulting a lawyer first.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General and the Berkshire Museum have agreed to settle a dispute over the sale of 40 artworks from the museum’s collection. The two offices released a joint statement Monday.

U.S. border agents say a man from Mexico and another from Guatemala tried to smuggle five Romanians into the United States from Canada along a remote stretch of the border in Vermont.

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A legislative panel is examining how Massachusetts could respond after the repeal of federal net neutrality rules.

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An American flag that once flew over a Vermont town's fire department is heading to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott issued a challenge at the recent Vermont Farm Show: find a way to monetize phosphorus, which causes pollution in state waterways.

       Decades after lobbying began to get a senior center built in the largest city in western Massachusetts, a new state-of-the art facility will open Monday.

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