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A Cape Cod resident who works in Boston as a patent and intellectual property attorney is running for the Republican nomination for Massachusetts attorney general. Dan Shores faces another attorney James McMahon for the Republican Party’s backing to take on the incumbent attorney general, Democrat Maura Healey. 

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As a mediator calls the two sides together to try to resolve the Burlington, Vermont teachers’ strike, two Republican state lawmakers say they will introduce legislation to ban teachers’ strikes and imposed contracts.

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Voters in North Adams, Massachusetts will narrow the field of mayoral candidates down to two today. 

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Charter Spectrum dropped Springfield’s NBC affiliate in April. Now, Western Massachusetts lawmakers are trying to restore it. 

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The Five Town Cable Advisory Committee in southern Berkshire County has voiced frustrations about working with Charter Communications’ cable television services. 

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As nearly 400 Burlington VT teachers walked the picket lines for the third day, two Republican lawmakers announced legislation Monday that would ban teachers from striking and school boards from imposing contracts.

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Vermont's health care regulator has approved the 2018 fiscal year budgets for the state's 14 hospitals.

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State Attorney General Maura Healey says Massachusetts should be doing more to combat the opioid crisis. The Democrat held a roundtable discussion on the epidemic today in North Adams.

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After 16 years leading the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Tad Ames will step down as the organization’s president at the end of 2017. Ames recently spoke with WAMC about his decision.

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Burlington, Vermont’s 400 public school teachers are back on the picket line today after contract negotiations fell apart and a strike began last Thursday.

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New permanent housing for homeless military veterans will be dedicated Monday in western Massachusetts. 

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A Massachusetts pharmacist who oversaw the rooms where tainted drugs that caused a deadly meningitis outbreak were made is heading to trial.

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There will be no school in Burlington on Monday due to the teachers' strike, but the district is planning to make meals available to students at several locations.

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Massachusetts is less than a year away from opening its first full-scale resort casino.

    The announcement that Amazon is looking for a site to develop a second headquarters has city and state official across the country racing to put together proposals.  A robust in-state competition is shaping up in Massachusetts.

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The public school district in Vermont’s largest city cancelled classes and all activities Thursday as teachers began a Burlington School District-wide strike.

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The summer tourist season in Western Massachusetts is nearing an end. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen recently sat down with Mayor Linda Tyer, who says Pittsfield has shown growth, and predicts a busy shoulder season, too.

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The Big E, the largest fair on the East Coast, is about to open its gates for the 2017 edition of the venerable agricultural fair.

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The Josh Billings Triathlon around southern Berkshire County, Massachusetts is celebrating its 41st year. The big race is September 17th. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with event organizer Patty Spector about the bike, paddle and foot race.

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Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders formally introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2017 today.  Surrounded by Senate cosponsors and advocates, he outlined the plan at a press conference in Washington.

Western Massachusetts is planning to make a pitch for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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    As the big utility company Eversource scouts locations across the state to generate solar power, Western Massachusetts has become a big player.

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An undergraduate political science class at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is teaming up with the North Adams Chamber of Commerce to host a candidate forum at the Greylock Mill on Thursday night. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Professor Samantha Pettey to talk about the class project.

       A special committee that is working to identify ways to improve relations between the police and the community in Springfield, Massachusetts is soliciting residents’ opinions through an online survey.

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Teachers in Burlington will not be going on strike on Wednesday after the union and school board have agreed to meet with a mediator.

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Nine men have been arrested in Vermont following an undercover sting operation in which investigators posed online as underage girls.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed notice of her intent to sue the credit reporting company Equifax after the company announced 143 million Americans had their information exposed — including Social Security numbers, birthdates and address histories.

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   A fundraising effort was launched today in Springfield, Massachusetts to support a planned new state-of-the-art public branch library building.

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Massachusetts lawmakers are trying to make sense of how to regulate recreational marijuana after voters legalized it via a statewide ballot question in November. Pittsfield rejected a proposal to put a possible ban on this year’s ballot. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen recently sat down with Mayor Linda Tyer, who weighs in on how to regulate retail pot.

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Skimming devices have been found at two gas stations in the Vermont town of Bennington.

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