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The administration of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is asking for the public's ideas on what the state's spending priorities should be as officials prepare what is expected to be a very tough budget for the next fiscal year.

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The federal government has awarded Berkshire Community College nearly $2 million to improve student graduation rates and expand its ability to serve low-income students.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal says the suspected bombing of the Russian passenger plane over Egypt by ISIS terrorists could change the response Russia has had towards the group.

Massachusetts’ medical schools have reached an agreement with the state to better teach their students how to recognize, prevent and manage prescription opioid abuse.

The standards were developed by the state public health commissioner, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the medical schools at the University of Massachusetts; Boston University, Tufts University; and Harvard University, which have about 3,000 students combined.

With a little more than a year left in President Obama’s second term, a panel at Williams College tonight will discuss how his presidency should be viewed. New York magazine contributing editor Annie Lowrey, Bowdoin College’s Andrew Rudalevige and Alvin Tillery Jr. of Northwestern University make up the panel. Williams College political science professor Justin Crowe will moderate the talk. Crowe spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis about President Obama’s time in office.

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Proponents of a proposed athletic turf field at Berkshire Community College are holding a rally at the Pittsfield campus Monday night.


In the run up to his formal inauguration Thursday as University of Massachusetts President, Marty Meehan plans to visit all five campuses in a single day.

Meehan will start out Monday morning at 7:30 on the campus of UMass Dartmouth, and end the day almost 12 hours later at UMass Boston, according to a schedule released by the president’s office.                   

        Spokesman Bob Connolly said Meehan will visit classes, meet with students and faculty and tap into other facets of campus life.


The current president of the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts, said he plans to wield the gavel for one more term.

Council President Mike Fenton announced Friday he had secured the support of a majority of the 13- member council to remain president for an unprecedented third consecutive term.

Turnout for municipal elections in Connecticut continues to be low, with 32.7 percent of registered voters going to the polls earlier this week.

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The state of Vermont is planning to move about 30 social workers from the Barre office where a colleague was shot to death last summer to a nearby courthouse with better security.