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Moran Plant
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Officials say plans to redevelop the former Moran coal plant in Burlington, Vermont, may be in jeopardy.

A map of the Connecticut Expansion Project
http://www.kindermorgan.com/content/docs/Connprojectmap.pdf

Pipeline opponents and affected landowners are appealing a state water quality certificate granted for a pipeline expansion project in southwestern Massachusetts.

An Amtrak train arrives at the station in Hartford,Ct
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A federally-funded study estimates it would cost $1.2 billion to add more frequent high-speed passenger rail service linking Boston, Springfield, Montreal and New Haven.

Annie Golden of Broadway Bounty Hunter performs at Barrington Stage Company's new headquarters.
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A decade after moving to Pittsfield, Barrington Stage Company continues to expand its footprint in the city.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announces a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons Wednesday.
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In the wake of recent shootings across the nation, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday announced a crackdown on illegal sales of assault weapons. The Democrat says her office has sent notices and offered direction to the 350 gun dealers in the state about weapons she says gun manufacturers alter and market as Massachusetts compliant.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin in South Burlington July 19, 2016
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On Tuesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order to give preference in awarding state contracts to businesses in the state that adopt climate friendly business practices. Following the formal signing of the document in South Burlington, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley discussed several issues with the governor — including his concerns over the passage of legislation by Congress last week and expectations that President Obama will sign a bill that will override Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law.

After 17 seasons, the final credits are rolling for the Williamstown Film Festival. The nonprofit’s board of directors recently voted to close the Festival because of financial pressures, time constraints and the emergence of the affiliated Images Cinema as an event programmer.

Vermont Bucks logo
Vermont Bucks

Less than two weeks after the Vermont Bucks were announced as a new expansion team for the American Indoor Football league, the franchise is looking for a new home.

Governor Peter Shumlin discusses executive order
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order today that will give preference when awarding state contracts to businesses working to fight climate change.

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     The city of Springfield today renamed a downtown street in honor of the man credited with saving AHL hockey in western Massachusetts time and time again. 

After 17 seasons the Williamstown Film Festival is calling it quits. The nonprofit’s board of directors recently voted to close the Festival because of financial pressures, time constraints and the emergence of the affiliated Images Cinema as an event programmer.

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Congressman Richard Neal is spending much of Tuesday in the westernmost portion of his district. The Democrat will bring attention to Massachusetts’ heroin and opioid crisis.

Rainbow Gathering welcome home sign
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The U.S. Forest Service says the cleanup is continuing after the annual Rainbow Gathering that was held this year in the Green Mountain National Forest in the town of Mount Tabor.

Vermont Statehouse
Photo by Pat Bradley

The five major party candidates for Vermont governor will be discussing Vermont's economic future in the time of climate change during a forum Tuesday evening.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was elected Treasurer of the National Association of Secretaries of State during its 2016 conference last weekend.

Congressman Richard Neal meets with Great Barrington Fire Chief Charles Burger Monday.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Congressman Richard Neal was in Great Barrington today to celebrate a federal grant upgrading the town’s firefighting equipment.

exterior of the Dunbar Community Center
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The city of Springfield has made an offer to buy a financially-struggling community center that has been an urban oasis for inner-city youth for decades.

Congressman Richard Neal says he has been part of widespread opposition to a pipeline expansion project in southwestern Massachusetts that is currently on hold.

Hampden District Attorney's Office

A homeowner accused of shooting and killing a 15-year-old boy who knocked on his door over the weekend is being held without bail following his arraignment in a western Massachusetts court.

Jeffrey Lovell, 42, was arraigned in Chicopee District Court Monday on a murder charge. 

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said Dylan Francisco of Springfield was fatally shot Saturday after he and a friend, who had been drinking, went to Lovell’s house, mistakenly believing it was where another friend lived. 

Courtesy Photo/ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College is presenting a talk on the Federal Reserve’s response to the 2008 recession. Sandy Krieger spent more than 30 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Between 2008 and 2015 she was Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and member of the Management Committee of the Bank. She retired in 2015 and does not speak on behalf of the Federal Reserve system. Krieger spoke with WAMC about what it was like inside the Federal Reserve during the recession.

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   A new initiative called Futurecity Massachusetts looks to put culture and the arts at the core of economic development and revitalization projects.  The state’s three largest cities are the initial participants in the venture. 

   The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Foundation have hired consultant Mark Davy’s London-based Futurecity to come up with unique strategies for Boston, Worcester, and Springfield to use cultural assets, not just as passive attractions, but to drive job growth.

Multi-State Lottery Association

New Hampshire says it's the first state in the country where people can buy Powerball tickets using a smartphone app that is channeled through a convenience chain.

Vermont Statehouse
Photo by Pat Bradley

Vermont finished fiscal 2016 last month slightly below its revenue target for the year. But spending also was lower than projected, so the state's top budget officer says Vermont won't have to dip into any reserve funds.

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The three largest cities in Massachusetts are participating in a new initiative to put culture and the arts at the core of economic development.

Dr. Eric Howe
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission/Lake Champlain Basin Program

In 1990, Congress passed the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act, creating the Lake Champlain Basin Program.  It is charged with coordinating water quality programs to restore and protect Lake Champlain with partners in Vermont, Quebec and New York.

On Monday, Dr. Eric Howe will become the new Program Director of the Basin Program following the retirement of Bill Howland.  Howe, an environmental scientist, worked at the Darin Freshwater Institute and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation before joining the Basin program in 2009 as its Technical Coordinator.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he wants to lead the bi-national and bi-state watershed protection program.

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The U.S. House has passed and sent to the president legislation that will pre-empt Vermont’s newly effective GMO labeling law and replace it with what some consumer activists say is a weaker national standard.

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The city of Springfield has made an offer to buy a financially-struggling community center that been an urban oasis for inner-city youth for decades. 

A map of the Connecticut Expansion Project
http://www.kindermorgan.com/content/docs/Connprojectmap.pdf

Pipeline opponents are holding rallies Saturday in southern Berkshire County against the proposed Connecticut Expansion Project. Susan Triolo is with the Sugar Shack Alliance, one of the lead organizers of Saturday’s rallies. She spoke with WAMC about the effort.

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The U.S. House has passed a GMO labeling bill that would preempt a Vermont law that kicked in earlier this month.

Rutland, VT
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The mayor of Rutland, Vermont, says he's confident that the city will win federal approval to host Syrian refugees, despite the city board of aldermen's misgivings.

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