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Pittsfield Police are investigating three shootings over less than 24 hours. Police have already made one arrest.

The Rose Garden at The Trustees of Reservations' Naumkeag in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
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Stewards of historic and treasured natural sites throughout Massachusetts, The Trustees of Reservations is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a series of events meant to engage the public and showcase its properties. WAMC spoke with Joanna Ballantine, the organization’s regional director for western Massachusetts, about the year’s events.

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A new state report finds that Vermont continues to lead the nation in per capita clean energy jobs.

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Presidential primary debates could still resonate as Vermont Republicans and Democrats gather this weekend for their state party conventions.

A former Connecticut judicial marshal has pleaded guilty to coercing prostitutes into sex and agreed to serve one year in prison.

Shap Smith
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Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith entered the race for governor last August.  But the Democrat withdrew in November after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Yesterday, Smith announced he will seek the Lieutenant Governor’s seat instead.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, left, presents the President's "E" Award to Jane Iredale and Bob Montgomery of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics.
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A Berkshire County-based makeup company was recently recognized by the federal government as a top exporter of goods. Iredale Mineral Cosmetics is headquarted on Church Street in Great Barrington and specializes in makeup that has skincare benefits. WAMC spoke with the company’s founder and president Jane Iredale about receiving the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington earlier this week.

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Following a management shakeup last year, the Baker administration has named a new superintendent at the only long-term care facility for veterans in western Massachusetts.

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A study from a conservative-leaning think tank is criticizing the University of Massachusetts for admitting too many out-of-state students.

The renovated Colegrove Park Elementary School in North Adams was unveiled in January 2016.
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For the first time in more than a decade, North Adams Public Schools will be led by a new superintendent. The district recently approved the appointment of Webster Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas. Malkas lives in the Northern Berkshire County town of Clarksburg and has worked in Pittsfield Public Schools and at McCann Technical School in North Adams. WAMC spoke with Malkas about why shook took the job.

Judge Merrick Garland meets with Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy in the Democrat's Washington, D.C. office.
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Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is continuing to call on his Republican colleagues to hold a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court justice nominee Merrick Garland after meeting with the judge Wednesday.

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito with Berkshire Innovation Center project manager Rod Jane.
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Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito toured a portion of Pittsfield Tuesday designated by the state as a transformative development area.

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Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a statewide bike week.  Hundreds of events are taking place this week from the Berkshires to Cape Cod where bicycling is highlighted as an alternative form of transportation. 

The federal courthouse in Springfield, Mass.
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After multiple court delays, the former police chief of Lee, Massachusetts on Tuesday was sentenced to 27 months in prison for extortion.

Adam Hinds, left, tours Shire City Herbals, makers of Fire Cider in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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A western Massachusetts state senate candidate released his economic development platform during a tour of area businesses Tuesday.

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The number of homeless families living in motels at state expense in Massachusetts is down sharply.

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was in Pittsfield Tuesday.
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Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was in Pittsfield Tuesday to sign agreements with a number of western Massachusetts communities. They are designed to improve how local governments operate and complete infrastructure projects.

The Massachusetts legislature is expected to take an initial step tomorrow in enacting a so-called “millionaires’ tax.”  Advocates on both sides are stepping up their lobbying.

A small college in Burlington will close.  The announcement Monday comes after the school struggled for years to repay debt incurred after it bought land, lost its line of credit and faced losing accreditation.

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In the wake of a water main break that caused a large sinkhole in downtown Springfield earlier this month, city councilors have called for a series of meetings to discuss the status of the city’s underground infrastructure.

The federal courthouse in Springfield, Mass.
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After multiple court delays, the former police chief of Lee, Massachusetts has been sentenced to 27 months in prison, two years of probation and $4,000 in restitution for extortion, according to The Berkshire Eagle.

Prosecutors say the former finance director for a nonprofit group dedicated to ending hunger in Vermont has pleaded guilty to embezzling about $165,000 from the organization.

A tiny Vermont college that has faced financial troubles since it was headed by the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has announced it is closing.

Connecticut House Speaker Brendan Sharkey
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Following another contentious budget debate, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey announced he will not seek a ninth term in the Connecticut legislature.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker wants to devote more than $1 billion to affordable housing over the next five years with the goal of preserving or creating 5,000 units.

 Work is already underway for the new Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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City and state officials recently celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of a new high school in Pittsfield. Planning for the school extended through three mayoral administrations.

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In 2010, the number of people aged 65 and over surpassed the amount of school age children in Berkshire County. Currently 20 percent of the county’s 131,000 residents are 65 or older and it’s projected that will rise to roughly 29 percent by 2020.

Senate leaders are putting the finishing touches on a nearly $40 billion state budget.

UConn Health's new hospital tower.
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The University of Connecticut has opened its new 11-floor, 38,000-square foot hospital tower in Farmington.

Work is already underway for the new Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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City and state officials celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of a new high school in Pittsfield Friday.

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