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Updated at 7:30 P.M. July 6, 2015: The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office says the preliminary cause of death of 25-year-old Ronald Pinel is a gunshot wound to the chest. Associate Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth Dr. Andrew Sexton conducted the autopsy at the Holyoke Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

A 20-year-old man remains in critical condition at Baystate Medical Center Springfield, according to the DA’s office. A 20-year-old woman is in stable condition at Berkshire Medical Center, while a 25-year-old man and a 26-year-old man have been released from the Pittsfield hospital. 

One person is dead and multiple people are injured after a shooting in Pittsfield on July 4th. Meanwhile, police were investigating another shooting scene about a block away Sunday afternoon.

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A mental health organization that serves more than 10,000 Berkshire County families and a union representing 350 of its workers have reached a tentative agreement to avoid a strike planned to start Monday. It ends months of negotiations as employees claimed low pay was creating worker turnover.

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One person is dead and multiple people are injured after a shooting in Pittsfield last night. Meanwhile, police were investigating another shooting scene about a block away Sunday afternoon.

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An innovative health sciences charter school in Springfield, Massachusetts will welcome its first high school freshman class at the end of August.

The Baystate Academy Charter School, which had students in grades 6 through 8 during its first two years in operation held a lottery to fill out its 9th grade class of just over 100 students. 

Executive Director Tim Sneed said the academy is a rigorous college-prep school that uses a project-based, hands-on approach known as Expeditionary Learning.

A Vermont woman has donated land across from her South Royalton home to preserve a popular White River swimming hole.

Connecticut environmental officials are asking beachgoers to help protect nesting birds in coastal areas.

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Massachusetts Lottery officials say they are prepared for the new competition from the casino industry.

State lottery officials say they are using zip code analysis to detect any shift in sales patterns in the convenience stores, gas stations, and bars located near Plainridge Park, the state’s first casino that opened to capacity crowds on June 24. 

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who oversees the lottery, vows the agency will compete with the casinos.

Authorities in western Connecticut have identified a man found dead inside a well after an apparent accident.

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An iconic 19th century American painting that remains one of art’s most famous works will be on view July 4th at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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Emergency repair work has been taking place this week on the elevated portion of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield.

The emergency work is a prelude to a three-year $175 million dollar reconstruction of the 2.5 mile long elevated highway that carries 75,000 vehicles a day. 

MassDOT said preliminary work is scheduled to begin July 12th.  Major construction will start in the fall. 

Kevin Kennedy, Springfield’s chief development officer said keeping the public informed about ramp closings and detours is key to avoiding major disruptions.

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