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Lake Champlain (file photo)
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The federal Environmental Protection Agency has notified Vermont officials that they will sign off on the state's plan to clean up Lake Champlain.

Blue Green Algae bloom
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the phosphorus pollution limits for the Vermont segments of Lake Champlain. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports on what the limits mean for the lake.

The sale of Massachusetts-based Friendly’s Ice Cream to the country’s largest milk processor has been completed.

The logo of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
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A group seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts says it has collected more than 25,000 signatures as a final step toward securing a spot on the November ballot.

August Wolf
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Republican Senate hopeful August Wolf says he's suspending his campaign. In a statement Tuesday, the former Olympian said his campaign fell short of collecting the 8,079 signatures needed to challenge Republican State Representative Dan Carter in Connecticut's August 9 primary.

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has voted to extend a moratorium on new pawn shops for an additional three years.

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Environmental activists are planning a door-to-door canvass in Massachusetts this summer to promote adopting a 100 percent renewable energy policy. 

This effort comes as several energy-related bills are pending in the final weeks of the Massachusetts legislature’s two-year session. 

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Ben Hellerstein, state director of Environment Massachusetts.

Vermont’s ban on the use of felt-soled waders repealed as of July 1
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Vermont is rescinding a five year ban on felt-soled waders.

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Early voting for Vermont’s primary begins Friday.

Connecticut's state flag
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Connecticut's current fiscal year is now expected to end June 30 with a larger-than-expected budget deficit.

This is a picture of an Eagleton School sign
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Another former staffer at a shuttered Berkshire County school for boys and men with developmental disabilities has pleaded guilty to abuse charges.

Bushmaster XM15-E2S
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A lawyer for Remington Arms has asked a Connecticut judge to dismiss a lawsuit against the gun maker filed by the families of some of the children and adults killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

A sign outside the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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After a couple of failed attempts, a developer is looking to bring a Walmart Supercenter to the former General Electric site in Pittsfield.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
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Richard Alcombright is roughly six months into his fourth term as North Adams mayor. The Democrat recently sat down with WAMC to talk about what’s happening in Massachusetts’ smallest city, including the summer tourist season.

City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday are expected to take steps to boost the city’s severely underfunded pension account. 

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Environmental activists are planning to go door-to-door in Massachusetts this summer to promote adopting a 100 percent renewable energy policy.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, second from the left, tours the Greylock Mill redevelopment project in North Adams.
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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was in Greenfield Friday celebrating the opening of a family drug court, the first of its kind in the state.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
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A Democrat running for a western Massachusetts state senate seat has picked up the support of North Adams’ mayor.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
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In the wake of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 victims, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says one of the weapons used to carry out the attack, an AR-15, should not publicly available.

“But this particular kind of weapon, a military-style assault weapon, to my mind has no place in our communities or in the hands of civilians,” Healey said. “They are weapons that are and intended to be for military use and for the use of law enforcement personnel.”

Water and sewer rates are going up in the greater Springfield, Massachusetts area.

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A western Massachusetts hospital is taking part in a national study to help determine the best treatments for the youngest victims of the opioid addiction crisis.

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Dolly Parton, one of country music’s all-time superstars, is performing in Berkshire County today — kicking off the Tanglewood summer season. The area is known for its rural landscape and feel, typically a hotbed for country music. But, the region’s country scene is a mixed bag.

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The public schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts are about to finish the first academic year under state control. 

More than a decade of abysmal test scores and low graduation rates led to the entire school system being put into state receivership. 

Stephen Zrike is the state-appointed receiver who has been running the Holyoke schools since last July.  He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Former First Lady Laura Bush
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Former First Lady Laura Bush is scheduled to be in Stockbridge today to present an award at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

This is a picture of Dolly Parton
Boston Symphony Orchestra Press Office

Dolly Parton, one of country music’s all-time superstars, is kicking off the Tanglewood season with a concert Friday.

The body of a missing boater has been recovered from Lake Champlain following a boat collision in Vermont.

Norm McAllister
Vermont Legislature

Prosecutors dismissed two sexual assault charges on Thursday against a Vermont state senator based on new evidence they say they received Wednesday night.

SABIC's Brenda Petell announced the donation at the Berkshire Museum.
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A company that is slated to close its Pittsfield facilities is giving $90,000 worth of supplies to Berkshire County schools for math and science efforts.

farm tractor in field
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The Vermont Department of Agriculture has announced a series of public hearings on the final draft of new agricultural rules designed to protect water quality.

A sign outside the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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After a couple of failed attempts, a developer is looking to bring a Walmart Supercenter to the former General Electric site in Pittsfield.

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