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Some 8,000 people are expected to make the pilgrimage to the three-day Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams this weekend — the first of the summer. 

Governor Phil Scott (left) and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger launch the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition
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Vermont environmental, municipal and state officials were at the ECHO Center for Lake Champlain this week to announce the launch of a new coalition to help bridge the environmental chasm caused when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.

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   A new era in transportation in western Massachusetts begins in a few days. After being closed for decades, Union Station in Springfield is reopening following a years-long $95 million dollar restoration and redevelopment. 

    James Sullivan, 96, remembers Union Station during its glory days.

    " I can remember coming down from Northampton on the old railroad,"  Sullivan recalled during a visit to Union Station earlier this year with veterans from the Holyoke Soldiers Home. 

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Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier will speak on Monday at The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires about helping people get involved in government. 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he will appoint a commission to study the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

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Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders say the Republican Senate health care proposal is the "most harmful" piece of legislation he has ever seen.

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Legalized marijuana in Vermont will have to wait again. Among the vetoed legislation that the legislature reviewed during its special session on Wednesday was a bill to allow the use of marijuana by adults.  While the state Senate overturned the veto, the House refused to reverse the governor’s decision.

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The funeral for State Representative Gailanne Cariddi — who died of cancer over the weekend at 63 — was today in North Adams, Massachusetts. 

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A number of state-funded building renovations are planned this summer in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.

Following a federal appeals court ruling, the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is downplaying the threat of competition for the MGM casino under construction in his city.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will host a town hall in Pittsfield tonight. 

Vermont House meets in special session 6-21-17
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Lawmakers headed back to Montpelier Wednesday as the Vermont Legislature met for a special veto session.  After a long day of twists and turns, the House and Senate eventually approved the 2018 state budget, which includes an adjusted teacher health care deal that the governor wanted included in the fiscal plan.

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Boston Conservatory at Berklee President Richard Ortner – who had a stint as Tanglewood’s administrator – will retire July 1st as the school turns 150 this year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Ortner about his career preparing musicians for the 21st century and what’s next for him in the Berkshires.

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Voters in Egremont and Monterey, Massachusetts will try again to approve an unchanged regional school budget. 

    Management at a western Massachusetts hospital is taking steps to try to block a one-day strike called by unionized nurses in a bitter contract dispute.

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    There are rumblings the Boston Red Sox’s top minor league team may soon be looking for a new home.   Could the team end up in Springfield?

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Connecticut’s drug overdose crisis isn’t slowing down. Elected officials are raising the alarm.

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The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee will resubmit the same $19.2 million budget that was rejected by voters in Cheshire, Massachusetts last week. 

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      Movies will play in public parks in Springfield, Massachusetts this summer.

     On the last day of the current school year, a new contract has been finalized for teachers in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.

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State Senators Adam Hinds and Marc Pacheco hosted a session of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour in Pittsfield on Monday. 

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       With the summer recreation season here, the Connecticut River Conservancy, formerly the Connecticut River Watershed Council, has launched a program to let people know if the river is clean enough to swim in. 

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The Massachusetts House is set to debate proposed changes to the voter-approved law that legalized recreational use of marijuana by adults.

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts is upgrading commercial and residential spaces downtown. 

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A new effort to cultivate the Berkshire farming and food-production economy has emerged in Great Barrington. 

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A brand new state-of-the-art outdoor public pool beckons swimmers in a western Massachusetts city that was forced to close the majority of its pools when hazardous PCBs were discovered.

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    The largest city in western Massachusetts has a new budget in place for the fiscal year that begins July 1st.  After years of stress over deficits, layoffs, and service cuts this budget season was a relative breeze.  

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North Adams, Massachusetts will once again seek a state grant to build a splash park. 

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Cheshire, Massachusetts is looking to expand its legislative body.

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A marijuana dispensary might be coming to West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. 

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