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Larner's with UVM officials
UVM Alumni Association

The University Of Vermont has received its largest one-time gift in the college’s 225-year history.


State and local officials gathered today at the construction site of the MGM casino in Springfield to mark a milestone in the project, the relocation of a 129-year-old church.

Connecticut's state flag

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and his fellow Democrats in the General Assembly are at odds over how to fix the projected $922 million deficit in next fiscal year's approximate $20 billion budget.


Springfield, Massachusetts, which has been home to an American Hockey League franchise for almost 80 years, may soon be left without a team.

Mark Oppenheimer
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With Bernie Sanders visiting the Vatican this past weekend, the pope commenting on Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the Mexican border and the Republican frontrunner’s call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., religion has had its moments in the presidential campaign. But in a speech Tuesday night at Williams College, journalist Mark Oppenheimer plans to discuss why he believes religion no longer matters in American politics.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
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A now-closed nuclear power plant in Vermont will no longer notify surrounding communities of emergencies.

Lake Champlain (file photo)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Scientists from a number of Vermont colleges and universities will be using a $20 million federal grant to study what makes some sections of the Lake Champlain watershed bounce back faster than others after extreme weather events.


A historic church in Springfield, Massachusetts is being moved down the street to make way for the city’s new casino. 

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Officials in Essex, Vermont, say the personal information of more than 200 current and past town employees was mistakenly given to someone pretending to be a staff member.

Weeks after alarming hundreds of seniors in western Massachusetts by discussing possible cuts, the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is now looking to expand its dial-a-ride service for seniors.

Carly Fiorina
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Former presidential candidate and business executive Carly Fiorina is scheduled to headline the Connecticut Republican Party's annual fundraising dinner.

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The clock is ticking toward the tax deadline. 

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Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company recently announced the casting for its 2016 season. It features a star-studded lineup with a mix of drama and musical premieres.

Officials in Vermont towns along the Deerfield and Connecticut rivers are worrying about what would happen to local tax revenues if power dams are purchased by the state of Vermont.

Prison Bars
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Connecticut officials are planning to expand methadone treatment to prisoners across the state over the next year or so, in what authorities believe would be the first statewide prison program in the country to use the drug to help inmates avoid withdrawal symptoms and overdoses.


Hampshire College is getting set to open later this month the first new building constructed on the campus in decades.

The R.W. Kern Center is not an ordinary building. It was constructed using non-toxic materials that were locally sourced whenever possible to reduce the carbon footprint.  The building is designed to supply its own power and water and process waste on-site.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash about the so-called “ living building.”

The logo of the Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial
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A Connecticut veterans park will be receiving some of the last remaining artifacts from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.

USS Hartford submarine in the water

A Navy attack submarine returned to its Connecticut homeport Friday following a mission that took it to the Arctic.

Pipeline opponents rallied outside Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Friday.
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Arguments over whether Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company can start cutting trees on constitutionally protected land in Massachusetts were heard in court Friday.

City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts are calling on the city administration to enforce long-standing requirements that municipal employees live in the city. Councilors raised the specter of lawsuits if the residency law is not enforced.

The third anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings was observed Friday with subdued remembrances.

Jackie Robinson

On this day 69 years ago, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier at Ebbets Field as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. And in 2004, Major League Baseball adopted April 15th as Jackie Robinson Day, allowing every player to wear the pioneer’s number “42.” With the release of a new documentary chronicling Robinson’s life, WAMC looks back at how an area congressman worked to honor one of America’s greatest historical figures.

Boston Marathon Tribute photo
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Boston is marking the third anniversary of the deadly 2013 marathon bombings with subdued remembrances.

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Q Burke Resort

The Securities and Exchange Commission and the state of Vermont have filed separate civil fraud lawsuits against two men who have been working to develop the economically depressed Northeast Kingdom.

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Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company recently announced the casting for its 2016 season.

A bottle of Narcan or naloxone

Earlier this month police officers and firefighters in North Adams started carrying the opioid overdose reversal drug known as Narcan. They’ve already had to use the kits multiple times.

Brad Lande, CEO of Live in the Grey, speaks to Berkshire employers at the Colonial Theatre.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Like in many parts of the Northeast, businesses in the Berkshires are trying to reverse the trend of millennials leaving the region. A recent conference asked employers to take a fresh look at how they view the generation.

Television screens playing the videos on a loop are scattered amongst the pews inside Thompson Chapel on the Williams College campus. Multiple recorded voices and a constant drum of music echo throughout the chapel.
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A moving exhibition now on display at Williams College recalls the atrocities of apartheid in South Africa.

exterior of the Dunbar Community Center

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is exploring ways to prevent a century-old safe haven for inner-city youth from closing.

For the second time in two years, the legendary Dunbar Community Center is facing foreclosure unless a debt totaling almost $1 million is paid. 

This time, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the city will come to the rescue, if several financial and legal obstacles to acquiring the building can be overcome.

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With its large gallery spaces, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams has made a name for itself with enormous art displays since its 1999 founding. But it has increasingly been focused on the performing arts of late.