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Airbnb says it won't fight a proposed law in Vermont that would require people renting out their homes to register with the state and pay an annual fee.

Berkshire Theatre Group

The Berkshire Theatre Group has a new executive director as it enters its 90th season.

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The Springfield City Council is attempting to block the crack down ordered by the mayor against a church sheltering an undocumented immigrant. 

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The husband of Massachusetts state Senator Stanley Rosenberg has been indicted on charges of sexual assault, distributing nude photos without consent and criminal lewdness.

Josh Landes

A Berkshire County group marked the fourth anniversary of the sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital Wednesday.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was in Washington this month to testify before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding election security.  He appeared not only as Vermont’s chief election officer, but as president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  He says anything that has a computer in it can be hacked.

Senator Peg Flory
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A longtime state lawmaker has announced her retirement from the Vermont Senate.

Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline project map
Vermont Public Service Board

Vermont Gas Systems has agreed to an independent review of a pipeline project to address allegations of safety shortcuts.

Following hours of debate, the Vermont House gave final approval to a package of gun ownership restrictions Tuesday night.

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Today marks the fourth anniversary of the sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

        The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is threatening the tax-exempt status of a church because an undocumented immigrant is being sheltered there. 

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Pittsfield’s City Council debated parking payments at its meeting Tuesday night.

   Big changes are expected in Springfield, Massachusetts beginning later this year.

F-35
USAF

The Burlington, Vermont City Council approved a resolution Monday night on the controversial plan to base F-35s in the city. The council voted to forward the Town Meeting Day ballot item requesting the Air Force cancel the basing of fighter jets at the Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.

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A recent rash of unfounded threats of school violence brought a stern warning today from a top law enforcement official in western Massachusetts.

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is questioning the tax-exempt status of a church that is sheltering an undocumented immigrant.

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A proposed passenger rail line from New York City to Berkshire County took a big step forward Monday.

Marijuana won’t be legally sold in the largest city in western Massachusetts until at least the end of September.

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

An invasive pest that's killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America has been found in three more Vermont towns since it was first discovered in the state last month.

Vermont legislation that would make it easier to take guns from suicidal people and perpetrators of domestic violence could reach the governor's desk by the end of the week.

Josh Landes

Thousands of people in our region took part in rallies against gun violence over the weekend. Two high schoolers from The Berkshires attended the March For Our Lives march in Washington, D.C.

    Industries in Massachusetts are regularly releasing chemicals, beyond legal limits, into rivers and streams, according to a new report from the Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center.

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    Activists say an undocumented immigrant facing deportation to Peru and separation from her American-born children and husband has been given sanctuary in a church in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Josh Landes

The three Democratic candidates running for governor of Massachusetts convened for a forum in Pittsfield Sunday.

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Pittsfield’s main transportation hub will play host to a unique concert this weekend.

Massachusetts State Police

Scandals have engulfed the Massachusetts State Police.  

Burlington City Hall Park
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Officials in Burlington, Vermont have unanimously approved a plan to remove trees in decline at the downtown park.

Vermont is now the only state to have never sent a woman to Congress.

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The Southern Berkshire Regional School District has tabled a decision to begin closing two schools. 

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is temporarily shutting down for three days.

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