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The chief legal counsel for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts is advising the city council not to move forward with a plan to put a board of civilians in charge of the police department.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on stage
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       In an updated report, city officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are highlighting more than $3.3 billion in development projects over the last five years. 

Winooski building facade
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Officials in Winooski, Vermont have adopted a resolution to move the city toward formal status as a sanctuary city for immigrants that are in the country illegally.

Vermont Air Guard F-16 Viper
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Several hundred members of the Vermont Air National Guard are headed overseas, although the exact mission has not been released.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton
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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says he's officially exploring another bid for Connecticut statewide office.

Scott Williams receives Carnegie Medal at Statehouse in Montpelier.  From left: Barre Police Chief Tim Bombardier, Congressman Peter Welch, Scott Williams, Governor-elect Phil Scott, and Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon
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The Carnegie medal for heroism was formally presented to a Vermont prosecutor on Monday.  He was honored for trying to save the life of an employee of the Vermont Department of Children and Families who was shot and killed in the department’s parking lot in August 2015.  The ceremony stirred up complicated memories.

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    A consumer group is out with its annual survey on toy safety. This year’s report highlights the availability of toys that have been subjected to recalls. 

Governor Peter Shumlin with 5-point buck
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is keeping up his skills as a deer hunter, bagging his second during his time in office.

Burlington Town Center rendering
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Opponents of a major downtown redevelopment project approved by Burlington, Vermont, voters on November 8 are suing to have the referendum declared invalid.

The Carnegie Medal was formally presented to Washington County State’s attorney Scott Williams at the Statehouse in Montpelier Monday.

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      Religious leaders in western Massachusetts are condemning acts of intolerance that have been reported locally since the election.

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A winter storm warning is expected to remain in place for much of Vermont through 7 p.m. on Monday, with total snow accumulations in some areas reaching as much as 14 inches.

The University of Vermont brought high school students from across Vermont and northern New York to its campus today for its third annual youth climate summit.

Religious leaders plan an interfaith blessing Saturday on a western Massachusetts mountaintop where racist, anti-Semitic graffiti was spotted around the time of the election.

     Massachusetts municipal officials are trying to figure out how to implement the voter-approved law that legalizes marijuana for recreational use. There’s a lot to do before pot shops begin to open in Massachusetts in a little more than a year from now.

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA
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MGM is poised to take a role in managing the state-owned convention center in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the Las Vegas-based company is building a casino.

     Massachusetts municipal officials are trying to figure out how to implement the voter-approved law that legalizes marijuana for recreational use.

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On Monday night, the House of Representatives passed a bill authored by Democratic Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont that would measure the economic impact of outdoor recreation.

The Vermont State Police says it's the first state police agency to join the White House Police Data Initiative.

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A Jewish community organization in Middlebury, Vermont, says someone drew two swastikas in green chalk or powder at the bottom of its door.

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is giving up his seat as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to take the same post on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee.

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The head of the health insurance exchange in Massachusetts addressed the uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Springfield today to launch a new multilingual outreach campaign.

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       Plans are moving ahead to resettle 51 refugees, including some from Syria, in Northampton, Massachusetts. There are questions about how United States’ refugee policy might change under the administration of Donald Trump.  

       WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, executive director Catholic Charities of Springfield, the agency that is working to resettle the refugees.

Jules Eskin plays the cello in 1964
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The principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra has died. Jules Eskin spent more than five decades with the orchestra.

The Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts
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Massachusetts officials are urging water conservation after the massive reservoir in the central part of the state that supplies much of greater Boston dipped to "below normal" levels.

Vermont outdoors in the fall
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The U.S. House has passed a bill authored by Democratic U.S. Representative Peter Welch of Vermont that would measure the economic impact of outdoor recreation.

Vermont Statehouse
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The Vermont Legislature will decide who will become the state's next lieutenant governor.

Sign held during Standing Rock rally in Essex Junction, VT
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About 140 protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Essex Junction this morning. It was part of a national day of action, with advocates joining the Standing Rock Sioux to fight against a planned pipeline in North Dakota.

a water drinking fountain
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Massachusetts officials are making additional funds available to continue testing for lead in the water in public school buildings.

Bushmaster XM15-E2S
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The families of some of the victims killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting are trying to reinstate their wrongful-death lawsuit against the company that made the rifle used in the massacre.

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