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The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has announced a partnership with a community health center on an anti-hunger initiative.

Wall Street has confirmed the financial stability of the largest city in western Massachusetts.

      The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in partnering with a community health center on an anti-hunger initiative.

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The $95 million restoration of Springfield’s Union Station is nearly complete.  Now that the opening date June 26th has been announced, the rush is on to get the transportation center ready for the traveling public. 

The coat of arms of Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts is celebrating the 19th anniversary of its sister city relationship with Ballina, Ireland in County Mayo. As part of the celebration, town councillor Michael Loftus, who was recently elected mayor, is visiting the western Massachusetts city. 

Artists rendering of proposed Wynn casino in Everett Mass.
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   The state’s highest court ruled Friday that a lawsuit can proceed against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission over the awarding of one of the state’s casino licenses.

Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources Julie Moore
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The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources oversees three departments: Fish and Wildlife; Forests, Parks and Recreation; and Environmental Conservation.  In December, then Governor-elect Phil Scott announced Julie Moore would be appointed secretary of the agency.  She is the former Director of the Clean and Clear program in Governor Jim Douglas’ administration and chair of the Vermont Community Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain.  Secretary Julie Moore explains why one of her first actions was to undertake her recently completed statewide listening tour.

        Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced legislation this week that would have the state take over administration of a water quality protection program currently run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A 27-year-old man who left an anti-Semitic message on the windshield of a parked car in Pittsfield has been identified by police using video surveillance.

Local authorities say that Joshua Tagge used a city parking kiosk to print a receipt that read "Kill the Jew" on February 27th..

Tagge faces charges of threatening to commit a crime and committing a civil rights violation after admitting to the offense on March 7th.

Police are investigating the death of a Bennington man who was pulled out of a river.

A team of firefighters has come to the aid of a dog that was struggling to keep his head above water in an icy Vermont river.

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Vermont's top health care official says the Republican-led plan to repeal the Obama-era health care system could drive up the cost of health insurance for many Vermonters.

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Vermont State Attorney General T.J. Donovan on Thursday warned residents of a tax collection scam involving fake Internal Revenue Service callers.

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  A western Massachusetts city marked National Consumer Protection Week by shutting down a Springfield automobile dealership that had been the subject of complaints.

Burlington Police car
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The Burlington City Council recently approved a nearly $158,000 contract to purchase 110 body cameras for the Burlington City Police Department.  Deputy Chief of Police Jannine Wright says that although some officers have body cams, the new contract will outfit every officer and replace aging technology.

Springfield JCC

       An interfaith vigil is scheduled for this evening at the Jewish Community Center in Springfield, Massachusetts where a bomb threat forced an evacuation a week ago.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan
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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has issued a new pamphlet for municipalities across the state.  Produced by his office and the state’s Immigration Task Force, the “Guidance to Vermont Cities and Towns Regarding Immigration Enforcement” provides information regarding localities’ “ability to prohibit and restrict certain actions with respect to working with the federal government on enforcing federal immigration law.”  Donovan explains why he felt it was important to provide the information to Vermont’s municipalities.

Vermont Supreme Court
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The Vermont supreme court reviewed several cases as it gathered Wednesday in a Vermont Law School lecture hall packed with observers.

Main Street, Montpelier
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The city of Montpelier, Vermont, has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to create a master plan for public art and commission the city's first major public art work to be installed at a redevelopment project.

Huntington Town Meeting 2006
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Vermonters come together on Town Meeting Day to elect local officials and decide school budgets.  It’s also a time when residents discuss a number of binding and non-binding questions.  We look at some of the items that came up during Tuesday’s meetings across the state.

The Baker administration is proposing that Massachusetts assume greater responsibility for water quality protection.

Downtown Historic District, Rutland, Vermont
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Voters in Rutland, Vermont have ousted their long-time mayor. In the four-way race on Town Meeting Day, city councilor David Allaire defeated five-term incumbent Christopher Louras.

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Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center say they have filed six federal unfair labor practice charges against hospital owner Baystate Health. 

Massachusetts casino industry regulators will be asked to help pay to build a new studio for Springfield’s public access cable television.  It is the latest request to tap a fund established to mitigate problems arising from the construction of resort casinos in the Bay State. 

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Opinions are mixed about whether Connecticut should legalize recreational use of marijuana by adults.

Some state legislators on Tuesday touted the potential benefits of legalization, ranging from better control and regulation of a now-illegal industry to additional tax revenue for the state and communities.

Drops of water
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Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing legislation he says will give Massachusetts greater control over protecting the state's water supply.

The bill, which will be filed Wednesday, would let the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection administer a federal water quality protection program run by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
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Vermont's attorney general is asking to intervene in the state Public Service Board's review of the sale of the closed Vermont Yankee power plant, saying significant environmental and financial issues are at stake.

Joseph Smith
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Voters in two small Vermont towns have opposed a massive development by a Utah businessman that would be based on the papers of Mormon leader Joseph Smith.

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A new report by Vermont's Health Department shows that drug overdoses from both heroin and prescription drugs spiked in the state last year.

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Vermont has joined more than 30 other states in a national lawsuit that alleges a group of pharmaceutical companies conspired to fix the prices of generic drugs.

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