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Williamstown, Massachusetts is weighing its options to ban recreational marijuana, which is now legal statewide. 

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Vermont officials have unveiled a plan to renovate a city park following concerns about violence in the area.

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Dozens of mayors from across the country are due in Vermont's largest city for the summer meeting of an organization that focuses on in-depth policy issues facing the country's cities.

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Vermont's effort to move toward universal recycling has seen legislative success, but waste transfer station officials say they haven't seen many residents take advantage of new food scrap disposal units.

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Students will begin classes on August 28th in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts after what officials described as a “summer blitz” of construction.

For the second time this summer, the Holocaust Memorial in Boston has been vandalized.

    Calls are mounting for the firing of a police officer in Springfield, Massachusetts who made light of the violence in Charlottesville.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at the Franklin County Senior Center
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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was in Franklin County Monday.  His stops included the Franklin County Senior Center, where health care and Social Security dominated the discussion.

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     This is National Health Center Week.

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A small plane that took off from Great Barrington, Massachusetts on Sunday crashed in Salisbury, Connecticut. 

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The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will hold a workshop in Lenox, Massachusetts to teach political leaders about recreational marijuana, which is now legal statewide

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It’s a five-way race for mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts. The preliminary election is in September.

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     There is widespread condemnation by elected officials in Springfield, Massachusetts over a social media post, attributed to a city cop, which mocked the dead and injured among the counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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The director of the Norman Rockwell Museum is defending the Berkshire Museum’s board of trustees – despite coming out against that museum’s plan to sell two Rockwell works to fund an expansion and endowment plan. 

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Entrepreneurs made their pitch on Friday at Demo Day at LEVER —  a business incubator in North Adams, Massachusetts that aims to support local economic development.  

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Artists and educators have been protesting the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts today. They are trying to halt the auction of 40 objects in the collection to pay for an overhaul of the museum and an endowment fund. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with protestor Ed Pelkey about the group’s criticism of the Berkshire Museum.

The former North Adams Regional Hospital is now the Northern Berkshire campus of Berkshire Medical Center.
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The Massachusetts Attorney General's office says the leaders of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital will not face penalties for failing to provide adequate public notice of their plan to close the facility in 2014. The call to reestablish a full-service hospital in North County have continued.

Although GlobalFoundaries has only been in Vermont since 2015, the state’s leaders gathered with employees of the microchip manufacturer to celebrate the facility’s 60th anniversary this week.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Settling into its new home at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab is celebrating a decade of original plays. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Co-Artistic Director Joe Cacaci and James Anthony Tyler. Tyler is the playwright of “Some Old Black Man”– the group’s first full production at Saint James Place.  Tyler explains what it’s all about.

Just announced federal grants for a series of development projects for the economically challenged area along the U.S.-Canadian border in northern New England could be the last unless Congress funds next year's program over the objection of the Trump Administration.

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After 12 years, IS183 Art School of the Berkshires Executive Director Hope Sullivan is stepping down. Her last day on the job is Friday. She’ll be moving north to head the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Foundation in Stowe, Vermont. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Sullivan and Lucie Castaldo, Sullivan’s former student who’s now interim director.

Governor Phil Scott (at podium) joins Burlington officials to announce new Burlington Telecom program
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Burlington Telecom and city officials have announced a new program to get high-speed internet access to more low-income city residents.

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     A children’s literacy initiative in the second-largest public housing authority in Massachusetts has been expanded.

The former North Adams Regional Hospital is now the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center.
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Leaders of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital will not face penalties for failing to provide adequate public notice of their plan to close in 2014. 

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Connecticut lawmakers are rallying behind a New Fairfield resident whom federal immigration officials have told to leave the country. 

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could soon reconsider a controversial pipeline expansion in Western Massachusetts.

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The owners of the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts are facing a civil suit from contracted employees. 

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The non-profit Berkshire Children and Families has provided Western Massachusetts residents with adoption and family services for 130 years. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with the group’s new president and CEO, Colleen White Holmes, about her first week on the job.

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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey has thrown his support behind the effort to get high-speed train service between Springfield and Boston.

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Another 10 people have been arrested by Massachusetts State Police for trespassing in Otis State Forest Wednesday. The demonstrators are trying to block Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut pipeline expansion. 

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