New England News

Baseball field in Burlington's Roosevelt Park
Burlington Parks and Recreation

Vermont police are concerned about a Burlington-area park and a rise in confrontational incidents, and are ramping up outreach efforts to prevent any potential violence.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott and other state officials have launched Vermont Clean Water Week to highlight efforts to clean up water in the state such as Lake Champlain and to celebrate the state's waterways.

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Crime is down in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. That’s according to a city analysis released this month. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down today with Mayor Linda Tyer, who says the report is encouraging, especially considering the opioid crisis.

A group of Latino parents has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Massachusetts and the Holyoke school system alleging discrimination for failing to provide adequate translation of educational documents for parents with limited English proficiency.

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Alford, Massachusetts is receiving $480,000 from the state for high-speed broadband internet. 

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The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate dropped slightly, to 3.1 percent, in July.

Great Barrington Town Hall

Great Barrington, Massachusetts has approved a sewer rate hike. 

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Renovating the school in Clarksburg, Massachusetts may not cost as much as initially estimated. 

This is a map of Massachusetts highlighting the town of Lenox.
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Massachusetts isn’t holding a sales tax-free weekend this year, but that’s not stopping retailers in Lenox from trying to lure back-to-school shoppers. 

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A Vermont police chief says he stepped down from his position for medical reasons, but documents show he was suspended shortly beforehand amid concerns about how the department was being run.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's new spending plan would eliminate state education aid to 85 school districts and cut school aid to another 54 cities and towns, if the state budget impasse isn't resolved by next month.

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A New Fairfield, Connecticut resident federal immigration officials told to leave the country later this month has been granted a stay of deportation.

Newton Mayor Setti Warren, a Democratic hopeful for Massachusetts governor, made stops in the Berkshires this week. 

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The Massachusetts Nurses Association is opposing the state Attorney General's decision not to penalize the leaders of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital for failing to provide adequate public notice of their plan to close the facility in 2014. 

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Starting in Hancock, Massachusetts, veterans began marching across the state today to bring awareness to a difficult issue: suicide among vets.

Senator Patrick Leahy
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy was the keynote speaker today at the Northeast Regional IDeA Conference.  More than 300 biomedical researchers from Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware and Vermont are in Burlington for the National Institutes of Health-sponsored meeting.  Senator Leahy says cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget are extremely dangerous to researchers.

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     The Massachusetts State Police have a new division focused on combating threats to the state from extremists and drug traffickers.

Dr. Dave Barrington
University of Vermont

More than 300,000 historic and rare plant specimens dating back to the mid-19th century were housed on the top floor of Torrey Hall on the University of Vermont campus.  The building was gutted by fire on August 3rd, and researchers initially worried heat and water would destroy the Pringle Herbarium.  Most of the collection was protected by specially designed cabinets obtained in 2014 from the National Science Foundation. Firefighters also covered the cabinets to further protect the Pringle Herbarium.  There was some damage to material outside the cabinets. Herbarium curator and chair of UVM Plant Biology Department Dr. Dave Barrington says the recovery of the specimens is going well.

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The 7th annual Berkshire Bike-N-Fly fair kicks off Saturday in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

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Neighbors of the historic Elm Court property in Lenox will appeal the Massachusetts Land Court’s decision to uphold a special permit granted to build a $50 million resort. 

A Vermont man is charged with spraying liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement.

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More mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

A Vermont man has been fired from his job after participating in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The state of Vermont wants Green Mountain Power to reduce the size of its requested rate increase.

A biomedical conference that is held once a decade in Vermont began this afternoon in Burlington.

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts

The 21st annual Downtown Celebration in North Adams, Massachusetts is under way at this hour. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with the city’s Director of Community Events Suzy Helme about what she calls age-friendly festivities.   

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About 50 people Tuesday recognized the 75th anniversary of the plane crash that killed 16 U.S. Air Force paratroopers in Peru, Massachusetts. 

Vet Ruck New England

Starting in Hancock on Thursday, Massachusetts veterans will march across the state to bring awareness to suicide among vets. 

The attorney for the former police chief of Lee, Massachusetts — who was convicted of extortion in May 2016 — says he will file an appeal to the Supreme Court. 


Columbia Gas of Massachusetts says it has begun repairs on over 200 gas leaks throughout its service area in western Massachusetts.  The utility is fixing leaks that can harm the atmosphere.