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Women make up half of the nation’s college-educated workforce, but that’s not the case in STEM fields. In computer science, physical science, mathematics and engineering fields, women are less than a third of all workers. That gap has inspired programs like Eureka!, which encourages young women to go into STEM-related fields. 

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  With Veterans Day approaching, a moving ceremony was held Thursday in Springfield, Massachusetts to dedicate the city’s newest park to a slain U.S. Marine.

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In 1991, then-Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, a Republican, created the statewide Task Force on Hate Crimes. The group worked to expand the scope of the law and increase penalties for people who commit hate crimes before Weld disbanded it in 1997. Republican Governor Charlie Baker re-established the task force Monday. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with one appointee: Dara Kaufman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.

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Unionized workers at the Fairbanks Scales plant in St. Johnsbury, Vermont are back on the job after a weeklong strike.

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Voters in two small Vermont towns have approved the merger of their school districts and the closure of their only public high school amid a statewide effort to deal with declining enrollment.

Officials in a Vermont town have thrown their support behind a shopping center that wants trees cut down on a strip of state-owned land to increase the visibility of the mall from a nearby roadway.

A federal agency is confirming what many New Englanders already suspected: October was the warmest on record in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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North Adams, Massachusetts has elected a new mayor. 

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Berkshires political institution John Barrett has won office once again.  This time he’s going to Beacon Hill.

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The Vermont Transportation Board has again fined a railroad company for unilaterally closing a railroad crossing in Norwich.

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 A Berkshire County court has denied a preliminary injunction to halt the Berkshire Museum's sale of 40 artworks, including two by Norman Rockwell, to fund capital improvements and an endowment. 

A Canadian brewery and a Vermont brewpub are locking horns in a trademark dispute over their moose-themed names and logos.

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The future of the city-owned utility in Vermont’s largest city remains unclear. After extended debate and two rounds of deadlocked votes last night, the Burlington City Council approved a resolution requesting the two finalists seeking to buy Burlington Telecom develop a joint venture.

      Springfield, Massachusetts has become a destination for families and individuals evacuating Puerto Rico following the devastation brought to the island by Hurricane Maria in September.  

       The New North Citizens Council social service agency has been designated as the official welcoming center. 

      WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the agency’s executive director Maria Ligus

Egremont, Massachusetts continues to have trouble filling the position of police chief. 

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Berkshire County is known for cell phone dead zones. Verizon is seeking to make upgrades.

A gift from the estate of a Vermont teacher known for sharing vegetables from his garden is being used to start a food pantry in his honor.

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Schools in Vermont's most populous county have not seen enrollment drop as steeply as rural districts, but they are still facing pressure to cut staff.

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A longtime Vermont official has been appointed by President Donald Trump to direct the Vermont office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

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Voters in North Adams, Massachusetts will pick a new mayor tomorrow. It’s the first election in more than three decades without an incumbent.

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For nearly three decades, the largest city in western Massachusetts has held a flag raising ceremony on the first Monday in November to celebrate Puerto Rican heritage and the cultural contributions of the people from the Caribbean island.  Today’s Puerto Rican flag raising at Springfield City Hall was especially poignant.

The June death of Massachusetts State Representative Gailanne Cariddi has led to a special election in northern Berkshire County tomorrow. 

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The Burlington City Council tonight will once again consider which of two bidders - Keep Burlington Telecom Local KBTL or Ting/Tucows  - will be the finalist to buy Burlington Telecom, the city’s municipally-owned cable and internet provider.

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The Berkshire Mall is losing another store, the fourth closure in the Lanesborough, Massachusetts shopping outlet this year. 

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A replica handgun was discovered at a Pittsfield high school.

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State police say protests against Kinder Morgan’s gas pipeline expansion into Western Massachusetts have turned more aggressive. 

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A woman was struck and killed by a commuter rail train at a station southwest of Boston Friday. Massachusetts officials are looking into how to prevent such deaths. 

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The head of Gun Owners of America spoke in favor of gun rights and on-campus carrying policies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams Thursday night. The idea is being rejected by campus officials.

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Authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts are calling for greater security measures at all-night businesses.  This follows the unsolved murder earlier this year of a man at a 24-hour gas station in the city.

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A North Adams mayoral candidate is criticizing The Berkshire Eagle for not disclosing a campaign contribution made by one of the newspaper’s owners. 

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