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Berkshires political institution John Barrett will take his new state House seat for the first time Wednesday. 

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During its November 6th meeting, the Burlington City Council deadlocked while trying to choose a buyer for its cable and broadband provider Burlington Telecom.  So it passed a resolution asking the two finalists to develop a joint partnership.   If they failed, the council would reopen bids to two previous bidders.  At last night’s meeting, the council adopted a process to choose from among the original four would-be buyers.

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A new poll finds there is overwhelming support in Massachusetts for a high-speed rail passenger rail line between Springfield and Boston.

Residents in Williamstown and Lanesborough, Massachusetts will vote Tuesday night on whether to combine the region’s four school committees. 

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Vermont state officials are seeking public input on a draft land management plan for Camel's Hump State Park.

A sentencing hearing is underway this week for a Vermont woman who pleaded guilty to killing a social worker and three relatives.

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The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties will join the University of Vermont Health Network next year after a unanimous vote.

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During a tour of Western Massachusetts last week, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito touted the work of the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. The group is receiving state funding for an affordable housing project.

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A new poll finds there is overwhelming support in Massachusetts for a high-speed rail passenger rail line between Springfield and Boston.


    A new park in Springfield, Massachusetts is being named to honor two city police officers killed in the line of duty more than three decades ago. 

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After October’s one-day strike and lockout, Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and unionized nurses will go back to the bargaining table Tuesday. 

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The controversial sale of art from the Berkshire Museum’s collection was planned for today at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City – but late last week an appeals court judge approved a one-month injunction. 

Infrastructure improvements in a western Massachusetts city will make it possible to redevelop several old mill buildings.

A Massachusetts courthouse has been renamed in honor of the first African American to sit on the state's highest court.

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A rally oustside the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Saturday drew crowds of educators, artists and residents who cheered the news that a controversial art sale has been halted — for now.

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The town administrator of Adams is leaving for a job in Eastern Massachusetts. 


There is relief coming soon for people often stuck in traffic or forced to take detours because of the reconstruction of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

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The superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police is retiring days after he was accused of ordering a trooper to alter a police report after arresting a judge's daughter.

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The future of the City of Burlington’s municipally owned internet and telephone utility remains uncertain after two parties failed to reach an agreement on a collaborative purchasing and operations effort.

The Massachusetts Senate passed legislation last week to help curb sexual violence on college campuses. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with State Senator Adam Hinds, a Pittsfield Democrat, who says the bill will help encourage the reporting of sexual violence, and connect victims with counseling, medical and academic advising services. 



            The newest park in Springfield. Massachusetts honors a fallen U.S. Marine and keeps a promise to the neighborhood where he grew up.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office has filed an appeal against a judge’s ruling this week allowing the sale of 40 artworks at the Berkshire Museum to go forward. 


Saturday, November 11th is Veterans Day, and in Massachusetts is has been declared “Jane Addams Day” by the state legislature.

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Monument Valley Road in Great Barrington, Massachusetts was one of the many backdrops of Paramount Pictures’ “Daddy’s Home 2,” the Will Ferrell movie opening Friday.

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Women make up half of the nation’s college-educated workforce, but that’s not the case in STEM fields. In computer science, physical science, mathematics and engineering fields, women are less than a third of all workers. That gap has inspired programs like Eureka!, which encourages young women to go into STEM-related fields. 


  With Veterans Day approaching, a moving ceremony was held Thursday in Springfield, Massachusetts to dedicate the city’s newest park to a slain U.S. Marine.

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In 1991, then-Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, a Republican, created the statewide Task Force on Hate Crimes. The group worked to expand the scope of the law and increase penalties for people who commit hate crimes before Weld disbanded it in 1997. Republican Governor Charlie Baker re-established the task force Monday. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with one appointee: Dara Kaufman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.

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Unionized workers at the Fairbanks Scales plant in St. Johnsbury, Vermont are back on the job after a weeklong strike.

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Voters in two small Vermont towns have approved the merger of their school districts and the closure of their only public high school amid a statewide effort to deal with declining enrollment.

Officials in a Vermont town have thrown their support behind a shopping center that wants trees cut down on a strip of state-owned land to increase the visibility of the mall from a nearby roadway.