New England News

The budget outlook in Massachusetts is growing darker. Economic uncertainty, including the recent vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union is having a ripple effect on Beacon Hill.

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The Berkshires are now a part of the fictional world of Harry Potter thanks to author J.K. Rowling.The well-known author of the wizarding world on Tuesday released the second story in a series titled Magic in North America with a video on

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Hartford's annual July 4 festival and fireworks show have been canceled because the city and neighboring East Hartford cannot afford it.

A Massachusetts State Trooper, who was wounded in a shootout with a man wanted for killing a local police officer last month, says he is healing and anxious to return to work.  The trooper was identified publicly for the first time Monday and talked about the SWAT team raid during which he was shot. 

The former North Adams Regional Hospital is now known as the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center.
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North Adams city councilors will consider a resolution tonight calling on Berkshire Health Systems to provide in-patient opioid detox beds in the region.

The Massachusetts State Trooper, who was wounded during the shootout last month with a man who had allegedly killed Auburn Police Officer Ron Tarentino earlier in the day, says he is looking forward to going back to work.


MGM Resorts International has suffered a setback in a bid to block development of a casino in Connecticut that would be a direct competitor to the $950 million casino the Las Vegas-based company is building in Springfield, Massachusetts.

City and state officials cut the ribbon on Pittsfield's Woodlawn Avenue Bridge Monday.
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State and city officials celebrated the opening of a bridge connecting major routes into Pittsfield on Monday. The new Woodlawn Avenue Bridge cuts across the city’s former General Electric site, connecting East Street and Tyler Street.

A sign outside the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The development company looking to bring a Walmart Supercenter to Pittsfield’s former General Electric site is hosting a community meeting on their proposal Tuesday.


The food service program operated by the public school system in Springfield, Massachusetts, which has been lauded for its high participation rates, does not take the summer off.  A free summer meals program for school-age children began today.

The Springfield Public Schools’ summer food service program operates at more than 2 dozen locations including schools, parks, and public housing complexes.  Most locations serve both breakfast and lunch.

Because of Springfield’s high poverty rate, all of the city’s roughly 30,000 school-age children are eligible for free meals.


A free summer meals program for school-aged children begins Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Racks of Revision’s helmets fresh out of the paint booth and ready for assembly at the Newport,Vermont facility.
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A Vermont manufacturer of military and police protective gear produced the bullet-resistant helmet credited with saving an officer's life during the deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month.

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After more than a year of negotiations between the top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. Senate Agriculture committee, a bill has been introduced that would preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling law days before it goes into effect.


A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by casino developer MGM that challenged a Connecticut law that lays the groundwork for a possible casino along the Massachusetts border.

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have taken steps to shore up the city’s severely underfunded municipal employee pension fund.

The Ludlow Mills Clock Tower from high above
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A major project has been announced in Ludlow, Massachusetts as part of the largest brownfields mill redevelopment effort in New England.

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Texas A&M University

Lake Champlain has a long nautical history.  Early Native Americans used birch bark canoes on the lake.  Then warships plied the waters during the Revolutionary War. Later, the age of commerce brought ferries and steamboats, and now recreational sailing is popular. But over the centuries, many ships have sunk in the lake’s deep waters. Carolyn Kennedy, a PhD student at Texas A&M University, has been researching steamboat wrecks for the past three years.

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Gardeners in Burlington, Vermont are on the lookout for someone who's been stealing flower baskets and uprooting plants from yards.

  A former Republican State Senator has been hired as the new director of Governor Charlie Baker’s western Massachusetts office.

   Baker said he’s known Mike Knapik since the 1990’s and described him as a “terrific person,” who is nonpartisan and very focused on local government and economic development.

" I believe that having Mike as our leader here in western Mass. will be a tremendous asset not just for the administration, but for western Mass. and the Commonwealth," said Baker, who added he was "wildly excited" that Knapik agreed to take the job.

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Some residents in the city of Rutland were blindsided when the mayor and the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program announced in April that 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees would be coming to the city in October. Now, a petition seeking to put the issue before voters has been validated.


A major new project has been announced as part of the largest current brownfields redevelopment effort in western Massachusetts.

Gov Charlies Baker speaks from a podium

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is urging state lawmakers to act on key bills dealing with energy and jobs before the two-year legislative session ends on July 31st.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer
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The Pittsfield City Council continues to meet this week to review Mayor Linda Tyer’s first budget.

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Bernie 2016

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is all but acknowledging that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nominee, telling C-SPAN "It doesn't appear that I'm going be the nominee."

Double Crested Cormorant
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Biologists are worried how a federal judge's decision to control double-crested cormorants will affect Lake Champlain and 24 eastern states.

Rutland, VT
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A petition seeking a vote on refugee resettlement in Rutland has met the number of signatures required for the question to appear on the Vermont city's ballot.


An 11-room mansion built for an industrialist in Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1800’s is now part of the city’s current economic development efforts.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, second from the left, tours the Greylock Mill redevelopment project in North Adams.
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Managers of a mill redevelopment effort in North Adams expect to see more activity starting this summer at what’s billed as a multi-use project.

Northern Berkshire emergency agencies practice their mass casualty response.
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As we’ve seen in recent days, accidents or violence involving a number of people require multiple emergency responders from various agencies to work together. With the growth of social media, news of a potential tragedy travels fast — and with it concern and a demand for answers from loved ones and others. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis was in the midst of a training exercise to prepare responders for a mass casualty and sent this report from North Adams.

Great Barrington Town Hall

The town of Great Barrington is looking at its options amid a host of complaints about drivers popping and tearing their tires on curbs installed as a part of Main Street reconstruction.