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A political advocacy group has registered in Massachusetts to campaign for passage of a property tax increase in Springfield to fund historic preservation and parks and playground projects.

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Developers are seeking a permit from Vermont regulators to build a wind-power project of up to seven turbines on a ridge in Swanton capable of producing electricity for about 7,300 households.

Pittsfield Police Department
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A Berkshire County police officer has been fired after being found responsible for multiple misconduct charges in an internal investigation.

The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected an appeal of a man serving a life sentence in the kidnapping and killing of a St. Johnsbury Academy teacher in 2012.

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Many events are taking place throughout the region to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. 

Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier
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Incumbent Pittsfield State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier fended off a Democratic primary challenger to advance to the general election Thursday.

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Adam Hinds bested two fellow Democrats Thursday in the race for an open state Senate seat in western Massachusetts.

          After a relatively peaceful summer, the city of Springfield, Massachusetts has been jolted by a series of shootings.

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Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts has named a new artistic director after a period of leadership change.

Voters in Western Massachusetts are deciding which Democrat they want to send to the general election in the races for state senate and state representative on today’s rare Thursday primary.


People in need of a job in Holyoke, one of the poorest cities in Massachusetts, are being urged to enroll in a free training program .

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Burlington and technology officials announced the city’s first “Innovation Week” to be held in October.  The goal is to highlight the region’s emerging technology “ecosystem.”

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus in North Adams.
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Students and staff at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are starting out the school year with new leadership, more students and a pair of grants aimed at improving student success.

A Connecticut Superior Court judge has ruled that the state's education funding system is irrational and unconstitutional.

Wellspring Cooperative

       Plans are moving ahead to develop a worker cooperative commercial greenhouse in Springfield, Massachusetts.

       A site for it has been found, buyers lined up for the food that will be grown, and a direct public offering is being made to enlist investors for the project.  

               A public information session is taking in Springfield later today. 

       WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Fred Rose, Co-director of Wellspring Cooperative.

Fred Conyers is looking to become a Pittsfield firefigher.
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Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is recommending the city’s fire department hire a man who spent time in prison, against the wishes of some Pittsfield firefighters.

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Gov. Charlie Baker is joining with officials from Walgreens to announce the creation of 13 drug take-back kiosks.

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus
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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams has received a $2 million federal grant to increase retention and graduation rates of low-income and minority students.

During aerial surveys of the state’s forests this summer, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation found evidence of the forest tent caterpillar in trees in northeastern Vermont.  Officials are concerned because the bug feeds on the sugar maple, a key agricultural industry of the state.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer
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Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is not making any endorsements in the primary races for the area’s state senate and representative seats. She is, however, being open about whom she is personally supporting.


    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker proclaimed September “Emergency Preparedness Month” and urged residents to plan ahead in the event disaster strike.

Fred Conyers is looking to become a Pittsfield firefigher.
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Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer is recommending the city’s fire department hire a man who spent time in prison, against the wishes of some Pittsfield firefighters.

An 11-year-old legal fight over education funding in Connecticut comes to a head Wednesday, when a Superior Court judge is scheduled to rule from the bench on whether the state has done enough to support its poorer school systems.

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Massachusetts highways may soon become havens for monarch butterflies and other declining insect populations.

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Unlike last year's bumper crop for apples in New England, this year's batch is a bit smaller for many farmers as they struggle with abnormally dry and drought conditions.

Emergency demolition of St. Francis' steeple in May 2016.
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The demolition continues for a North Adams church that has stood for more than 150 years. The future of the parcel of land remains up in the air.

The Connecticut Department of Insurance has released its rulings on rate requests filed by a dozen health insurers and some still include double-digit increases for consumers.

The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts.
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A New York firm that works with distressed malls is buying the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough. Best Buy and Macy’s have left the location in the past year.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski

Thousands are expected to gather in Rome Sunday for the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa, after which she will be known as Saint Mother Teresa. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, will celebrate the event by attending a mass at the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in the Berkshire County village of Housatonic Saturday.

The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts.
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Area media are reporting that the Berkshire Mall will soon have a new owner.