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U.S. border agents say a man from Mexico and another from Guatemala tried to smuggle five Romanians into the United States from Canada along a remote stretch of the border in Vermont.

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A legislative panel is examining how Massachusetts could respond after the repeal of federal net neutrality rules.

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An American flag that once flew over a Vermont town's fire department is heading to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott issued a challenge at the recent Vermont Farm Show: find a way to monetize phosphorus, which causes pollution in state waterways.

       Decades after lobbying began to get a senior center built in the largest city in western Massachusetts, a new state-of-the art facility will open Monday.

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Court records indicate a former Vermont police officer accused of stealing heroin from a police evidence locker for a woman with whom he was having an intimate relationship has changed his plea to federal drug charges.

A Vermont high school has raised a Black Lives Matter flag as part of a series of events on racism.

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    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing Friday afternoon in Springfield on the agency’s proposed state rail plan.

Massachusetts gambling regulators held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss sexual misconduct allegations against casino mogul Steve Wynn, whose company is building a $2.4 billion resort casino outside Boston.

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      Retail marijuana sales will be legal in Massachusetts this July and cities and towns are scrambling to get ready with local regulations. 

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The Berkshire District Attorney says there will be no charges filed in the fatal shooting of a city man by a Pittsfield police officer in September 2017. 

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Burlington, Vermont residents will cast votes on whether F-35 fighter jets should be based at Burlington International Airport.

Advocates are asking Vermont lawmakers to postpone implementing a revised policing policy that they say could make immigrants less likely to seek police in emergencies.

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      Data released today shows the largest city in western Massachusetts has seen a significant drop in crime.

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New Jersey's new Democratic governor has ordered the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, reversing a decision by former Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

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Keurig is buying Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc., creating a beverage giant with about $11 billion in annual sales.

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    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is updating the state’s rail plan to prioritize projects that the agency said should be pursued over the next several years.

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A group of businesses in western Massachusetts have announced a formal effort to combat human trafficking.

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The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has awarded the city of Springfield $1.5 million to plant 2,500 trees. 

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A case championed by immigrant rights activists in western Massachusetts will get more attention Sunday. 

      A western Massachusetts man who is facing deportation to Iraq was freed this week from detention.  Another undocumented immigrant who has lived in the Springfield area for decades continues to reside in an Amherst church where he was given sanctuary last year. 

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s budget proposal includes a concept for cleaning up phosphorus pollution in the state’s waterways.  He wants to find a way to harvest and resell it.  But critics say he’s trying to avoid spending the money to do actual cleanup.

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    A new leader has been installed in the largest fire department in western Massachusetts.

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        A western Massachusetts man jailed by federal immigration authorities since last June is being freed today. 

The Vermont Mayors Coalition has announced its state legislative session goals for 2018.

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On Monday, Governor Phil Scott signed legislation legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Vermont, bringing an end to years of debate and efforts on both sides of the issue.  The general reaction from legislators appears to mirror Scott’s desire to move on to other issues.

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      With a casino about to open, a group of businesses in western Massachusetts have announced a formal effort to combat human trafficking.

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a $41 billion budget proposal today, beginning a process to have a spending plan in place for the state for the fiscal year starting July 1st.  As always, one of the big unknowns is how much money will the state actually collect to balance the books.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott presented his $5.9 million budget plan to a joint session of the Vermont Legislature Tuesday afternoon.  But statehouse leaders say the governor has merely outlined concepts without clear details or guidance.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his annual budget address to a joint session of the legislature this afternoon.

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