New England News

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts
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North Adams, Massachusetts is the focus this week of an organization committed to small businesses in small communities. Members of the Deluxe Small Business Revolution on Main Street are touring North Adams. They are gathering input to see if businesses in the western Massachusetts city deserve a half-million dollar award. 

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      Developers are being sought to buy and restore one of the most unusual buildings in western Massachusetts.

Supporters of a proposal to require background checks on all gun purchases in Vermont say they hope 2017 will be the year that the Legislature passes the legislation.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he has sold his share of a construction company and that he financed the $2.5 million deal.

Little Brown Bat with White Nose Syndrome in Greeley Mine, VT
VT Fish and Wildlife

The little brown bat, a species that has been decimated by a deadly fungus, could be showing the first tentative steps to recovery.

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A new report shows a significant increase in the number of Vermont children in protective state custody, such as foster care, in large part due to the opiate epidemic.

Holyoke Community College

       A community college in western Massachusetts welcomed a new president this week. 

       Christina Royal is just the fourth president in the 70-year history of Holyoke Community College. She is the first woman to hold the office.  

       Royal spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Professor Stephanie Seguino presents racial bias report
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Researchers at the University of Vermont have released the results of the first ever statewide study on racial profiling by Vermont police.

Holyoke Community College

     A community college in western Massachusetts welcomed a new president this week.

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     The new president of the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts says improving police-community relations is his top priority.

Holyoke Mayor's Office

The year began with a tragedy in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

A fire that was reported just before 9 a.m. New Year’s Day swept through a five-story apartment building.

Three people died and almost 50 people were left homeless.  Many of the tenants fled wearing only pajamas and all their possessions were destroyed.    More than a week after the devastating fire, efforts continue to help the victims.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.               

Police say residents pulled a 74-year-old Vermont man to safety after he fell through ice on Lake Champlain.

Bias report lead author Stephanie Seguino
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A University of Vermont study released Monday shows racial disparities in how police officers from around the state treat drivers based on their race.

solar panels
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Vermont's new Republican governor says he is sticking with his Democratic predecessor's goal of getting 90 percent of the energy needed in the state from renewable sources by 2050.

Fourteen Vermont towns are planning to connect with certified weatherization contractors for free home professional energy assessments, proposals and quotes in a pilot program.

Vermont Supreme Court
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he wants to re-start the nomination process to choose the next justice of the state Supreme Court.

Holyoke Mayor's Office

The city of Holyoke, Massachusetts is hoping to raise $100,000 to help the victims of a deadly New Year’s Day apartment building fire. 

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   As Massachusetts combats the opioid addiction crisis, peer-to-peer recovery programs are growing and seeking state funding.

A new facility aimed at helping those dealing with substance abuse is opening in Northampton.

Matthew Trump

Republican state lawmakers will have newfound power in the Connecticut General Assembly this session.

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday will consider a moratorium on marijuana stores.

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary review of a crash that killed a small airplane pilot last month in Middlebury found that the plane's engine "skipped" and "sputtered" before going down.

Picture of a judge's gavel
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Court records show a Florida-based circus operator has agreed to a plea deal following a tent collapse in New Hampshire in 2015 that killed two Vermonters and injured dozens.

Governor Peter Shumlin delivers farewell speech January 2017
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Vermont’s legislative session began Wednesday and one of the first orders of business was a farewell speech to legislators by outgoing Governor Peter Shumlin.

Governor Phil Scott delivers inaugural address 1-5-17
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The inaugural address by newly-installed Vermont Governor Phil Scott on Thursday emphasized fiscal stability and enhancing the economy with no new taxes or fees.  Reaction was mixed and followed partisan lines.

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    There’s fallout from the surprise move by the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts to announce plans to hire a new fire chief.

farm produce
US Department of Agriculture

Massachusetts farmers are national leaders in direct sales to consumers, according to data from the first extensive national survey of local food sales.

Phil Scott takes the oath of office 1-5-17
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Vermont’s 82nd governor was sworn in Thursday afternoon.  Republican Phil Scott delivered an inaugural address stressing affordability.

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Police say a man who escaped from a Rhode Island detention center on New Year's Eve tried to rob a bank in Massachusetts right before he was captured.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Governor-elect's transition office

Republican Phil Scott was sworn in as Vermont's governor Thursday. Below is the transcript of his inaugural speech.

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