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Voters in a Vermont town will be casting ballots on Town Meeting Day on whether they support a plan by the county sheriff to convert an abandoned industrial building into a pretrial detention center.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the five-year cost of cleaning up Vermont waters is about $154 million.

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Drivers in Massachusetts may soon have to put down their cellphones when they're on the road.

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A Vermont author who specializes in the state's role in the Civil War is donating to the Statehouse a painting of Vermont troops at the Battle of Bull Run, the first major battle of the war.

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Update: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the legislation into law Jan. 22, 2016.

Legislation awaiting Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s signature would allow the town of Mount Washington to build, own and operate its own broadband internet network and it comes amidst a regional effort to connect.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is nearing the end of a presidential search that has lasted more than a year and half. The state Board of Higher Education is meeting tomorrow to vote on the approval of Jaimie Birge as the college’s 12th president.

Officials say a Massachusetts man who was detained for 40 days in Iran has been released and is heading home. 

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General Electric's relocation of its headquarters from Connecticut to Boston has many in Fairfield fretting over the loss of tax revenue, charitable spending, and the prestige that comes with being home to a $130 billion company.

A moratorium on new pawn shops may remain in place in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

A two- year ban on issuing new pawn shop licenses in Springfield is set to expire this July, unless the city council votes to extend it.

Councilor Tom Ashe said the public safety committee is going to hold a series of public hearings across the city before making a recommendation on whether the moratorium should remain in effect.

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A team of researchers using historical documents and 21st-century archaeological techniques has confirmed the exact site where 19 innocent people were hanged during the Salem witch trials more than three centuries ago.

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