New England News

Pipeline opponents rallied outside Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for a hearing on the land access in April 2016.
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Massachusetts says it has settled a lawsuit brought by Tennessee Gas over an easement through Otis State Forest to expand an existing natural gas pipeline. 

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Governor-elect's transition office

The group hosting the inaugural gala for Vermont Governor-elect Phil Scott is extending the deadline to buy tickets.

Attorneys for a Vermont man facing a second federal death penalty trial want an appeals court to rule on the constitutionality of the death penalty.

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A decline in melanoma cases and deaths in Northeast states bucks a national trend for the deadliest skin cancer and may reflect benefits of strong prevention programs.

Harwood Union School
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A doctor says the suspect in a wrong-way crash on an interstate highway that killed five Vermont teenagers is competent to stand trial.


One of the world’s biggest companies moved its headquarters from Connecticut to Massachusetts in 2016.  Construction began in earnest on the MGM casino in Springfield.

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Massachusetts legislators have voted to delay the opening of retail marijuana stores for six months – from January to the summer of 2018.

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Vermont Law School

The Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center has issued its seventh annual Top 10 Environmental Watch List.  The list offers short summaries of key legal points surrounding the most important environmental issues of 2016.

   A serious rift opened between the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts and the city council in 2016 over the issue of police supervision.  It threatened to pit the city’s executive and legislative branches against each other in court.

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While there have been mild temperatures the last couple days, overall it’s been a cold and snowy start to the winter season.  Local ski areas are experiencing a much better start to the season than last year, when record low snowfall occurred. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the importance of this holiday week for the region’s ski industry.

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First Night Burlington

Burlington, Vermont is gearing up for its 34th First Night festival, the largest single-day arts festival in the state.


The agenda has been announced for the annual organizational meeting of the Springfield City Council. It includes the swearing-in of a new council president.

         The increasingly cashless society came to interstate highway travel in Massachusetts this year, while multimillion dollar transportation projects forged ahead.

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Jim Levulis / WAMC

A Florida man has sued a Massachusetts bank he says made $1.4 million worth of fraudulent wire transfers from his account to banks in Hong Kong.

An exterior view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston

Criminal justice reform legislation is expected to be filed next month as the Massachusetts legislature begins a new session.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says a push to develop vacant or underutilized state property is paying dividends.

State education officials are considering plans for expanding early college programs to as many as 16,000 Massachusetts high school students.

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A lawyer for the widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombers says she is portrayed unfairly in the new Mark Wahlberg film, "Patriots Day."


A $1.4 million dollar payment to a Massachusetts man who claims police framed him for a murder will come from the city of Springfield’s rainy day fund.


A recent state report shows 367 children died in Connecticut from 2011 to 2015 from unintentional and intentional injuries.


New jobs will be coming to western Massachusetts with the expansion of an automotive parts manufacturer in Chicopee.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded almost $5 million to western Massachusetts programs for the homeless.

  The top federal prosecutor for Massachusetts, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has announced her resignation.

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Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Six months from today, a major part of what makes the Berkshires special every summer will return for a new season. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket will mark its 85th season, running from June 21 to August 27.

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      Policymakers in Massachusetts are looking for ways to reduce the state’s high health care costs.

City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have held their last regular meeting of the year, and it marks a change in leadership for the legislative body.


The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts will have new leadership in the New Year.



   Plans are moving forward to construct a new branch library in a Springfield neighborhood that is recovering from the tornado of 2011.

This is a picture of Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

After a decade in office, Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing is retiring. The Democrat has represented the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District since he was just 25 years old. Downing spoke with WAMC about what’s on his mind as he leaves office. 

City Councilors in Springfield, Ma voted 9-3 to override Mayor Domenic Sarno's veto of an ordinance creating a five-member board of police commissioners.

A showdown in court appears likely between the executive and legislative branches in the third largest city in Massachusetts in a dispute over the management of the police department.