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The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director has been named Musical America’s 2018 Artist of the Year. 


      The city of Springfield, Massachusetts may require all late-night businesses to have a police-approved security plan.  Family and friends of a man shot dead at a 24-hour gas station earlier this year applaud the proposal.

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A recent graduate of a Vermont high school is charged with a hate crime after being accused of spray-painting an athletic field with a racial slur directed at a classmate who pushed the school to drop its "Rebels" nickname.

Vermont has streamlined the process for becoming a substance abuse counselor as the state continues to address the opioid addiction crisis.


The family of Norman Rockwell reportedly asked the state attorney general’s office last week to stop the sale of two of the artist’s works from the Berkshire Museum’s collection. The Pittsfield, Massachusetts museum plans to sell off 40 objects to fund renovations and an endowment.

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A new co-working office space has opened in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts. WAMC followed Mayor Linda Tyer on a recent tour.

      A solar power storage system will be built on the grounds of a former coal-burning plant in western Massachusetts.


Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are lobbying the Trump administration to include funds for water projects in any big infrastructure spending bill.

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Bennington voters have overwhelmingly approved a $9.85 million bond to help pay for upgrades to the sewer plant in the southwestern Vermont community.

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Vermont lawmakers have voted down a rule that would have required large wind turbine projects to be built thousands of feet away from nearby homes.

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The zoning board of appeals in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has given a commercial solar array the green light. 

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Vermont's top health care official says the decision by President Donald Trump to end subsidies that help thousands of Vermonters afford health insurance poses a long-term threat to their coverage.

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Following a sharp increase in people killed by moving trains in Massachusetts, officials are planning to create a new task force to investigate the deaths.

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Lenox, Massachusetts has given the Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort’s $80 million renovation and expansion project the go-ahead. 

A Burlington, Vermont man accused of killing his wife with a cleaver and critically injuring his mother-in-law hours after he sought a Vermont hospital mental health exam has pleaded not guilty.

Northern NY foliage October 8th, 2017
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The unusual warmth this fall coupled with a record heat wave in September means the natural fall foliage triggers here in the Northeast were delayed.  As fall foliage season began, muted or few colors dotted trees across the region.  But with cooler temperatures now here, more vibrant colors can be seen and some areas are now reaching peak.

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North Adams – Massachusetts’ smallest city – has the highest rate of violent crime in state. That’s according to a recent report by the FBI analyzing cases of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Mayor Richard Alcombright to discuss city law enforcement.


        Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker toured the nearly completed $95 million subway car factory in Springfield Thursday. The facility will provide good-paying jobs for people in western Massachusetts and improved mass transit in the eastern part of the state.

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Four school districts in Berkshire County will split a $740,000 federal grant to fund professional development in arts education. 

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With the U.S. Senate is on recess this week, there has been significant activity from the White House.  Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he is particularly concerned about President Donald Trump’s executive order to roll back the Affordable Care Act.


Officials in Clarksburg, Massachusetts have accepted a citizens’ petition to redo a special vote on school renovations.  

The attorney for a New York rabbi who drove for 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometers) after a Vermont state trooper tried to pull him over for speeding on a remote interstate highway says he's hopeful the case can be resolved without the rabbi having to appear in court.

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The longtime superintendent of the Rutland City School District is retiring after more than 20 years with the Vermont district.

Bald eagles had a record year for nesting in Vermont thanks to a mild spring
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Vermont biologists say the number of bald eagles that successfully nested in the state set a modern-day record this year.

Senator Bernie Sanders views bifacial solar panels with Sandia Lab's Laurie Burnham
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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vermont Regional Test Center for Solar Technology is one of five in the country and the only one in the North.  Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders toured the site this morning.

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New England has a rich textile history, and now there appears to be a resurgence of handwoven linens crafted in western Massachusetts studios. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with weavers Marilyn Webster, of Conway, and Paula Veleta, of Florence, about a new studio trail tour kicking off this weekend.

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After a high-profile one-day strike and a resulting lockout, unionized nurses and Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts are no closer to resolving their contract standoff. 

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Massachusetts lawmakers rallied at the State House in Boston Thursday in support of a criminal justice reform bill. 

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The Baker administration announced its first round of grants for critical infrastructure projects in rural Massachusetts communities Tuesday. 

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Burlington’s mayor has offered his recommendation for which finalists he believes the City Council should advance the final round of consideration as the city sells its telecommunications service.