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Vermont’s governor signed a new state budget three days before the start of the next fiscal year.

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A plan announced two years ago to give every Vermont baby at least $250 in a college savings account has stalled.

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The North Adams City Council has approved more than a quarter million dollars in free cash transfers. 

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A special election to fill the 1st Berkshire District seat in the Massachusetts House has been set for November 7th. 

The mayor of Springfield has joined calls for a feasibility study of high-speed east-west rail in Massachusetts.

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   The Massachusetts State Senate is expected to vote Thursday on bill mandating protections for pregnant workers.

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    Thousands of young people in more than 30 low-income communities in Massachusetts will be working this summer thanks to a state-funded jobs program.

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Winter is a distant memory now that the summer tourist season is in full swing, but Pittsfield still has a $1.3 million snow and ice removal deficit to take care of. 

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After six months of negotiations, Eversource has backed out of a plan to build a solar array in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. 

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a senior radiation protection technician at the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant deliberately falsified safety records for eight months last year.

Officials say customers of telephone and broadband services provider FairPoint Communications won't initially notice much difference after it merges with an Illinois-based telecommunications provider.

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Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation Tuesday allowing Connecticut’s two federally-recognized Native American tribes to run a casino in East Windsor. 

  The Baker administration announced a first round of funding awards Tuesday under a new $15 million program to help municipalities attract shovel-ready development projects.

The Baker Administration has analyzed how the health care bill being weighed by Republicans in the U.S. Senate would impact Massachusetts.

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Dalton has become the latest Western Massachusetts community to approve a ban on plastic bags. 

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    After two decades as president of the teachers union in the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts, Tim Collins is formally retiring at the end of the month.  

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Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts’ Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education has died. The Boston Globe reports Chester, who had been battling cancer, died Monday night.

Vermont Public Service Board members from left: Margaret Cheney, Chair Anthony Roisman, Sarah Hofmann
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The Vermont Public Service Board is changing its name to the Vermont Public Utility Commission.

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In the absence of a complete spending plan, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is calling on state lawmakers to pass what the Democrat is calling a mini-budget. 

The PVTA is using 17 bus bays at Union Station for 19 routes. There area real-time arrival and departure signs at each of the bus berths.
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The newest transportation hub in western Massachusetts is drawing rave reviews from people using it for the first time today.  Springfield’s Union Station reopened after 44 years following a $95 million restoration. 

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition announced its direction for the next fiscal year at its annual meeting Friday in Williamstown. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Amber Besaw about what the region needs right now – especially in terms of leadership after North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright announced he will not seek a fifth term and the death of State Representative Gailanne Cariddi.

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A western Massachusetts hospital has locked out its nurses for three days. The lockout at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield began at 7 p.m. Sunday. It is scheduled to end 7 p.m. Wednesday.

    Massachusetts legislators hope to get a marijuana regulation bill to Governor Charlie Baker by the end of the month.

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New Hampshire tourism officials are anticipating 17 million visitors and $2.25 billion in visitor spending this summer, up 4 percent in both categories over last year.

Police and firefighters in Connecticut have recovered a body in the Long Island Sound.

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The major project to resurface the elevated 2-mile section of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield, Massachusetts is now in its second year.

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   The grand-opening celebrations are this weekend at Springfield’s restored Union Station, but the new transit center will only partially be operational.

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A Vermont legislative panel has deferred action on a proposal to create new sound standards for wind turbines.

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Officials from the U.S., Canada, New York, Vermont and Quebec were in Crown Point, New York this week to renew the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s management plan for the lake.

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National Endowment for the Arts Chairwoman Jane Chu toured the cultural district of downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts today to see and discuss how the city has grown its arts community. 

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