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Police say the search for a 7-month-old boy in the Connecticut River is now a recovery operation.

Massachusetts made a big splash with the opening of Plainridge Park, the state’s first casino. There were capacity crowds on opening day June 24th and through the first full week of operation, the slots parlor took in $6.1 million.  University of Texas professor and casino industry expert Clyde Barrow said projections that Plainridge would gross $200 million in its first year may have been too conservative. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Barrow for an update on the New England Casino scene.

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An iconic 19th century American painting that remains one of art’s most famous works is now on view at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It joins an ongoing exhibit featuring works by one of the world’s most popular artists.

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An innovative health sciences charter school in Springfield, Massachusetts will welcome its first high school freshman class at the end of August.   The school uses the resources of the region’s largest hospital to put young people on a path to careers as health professionals.

  Dozens of children and their parents were excited to see the building where classes will start in August.  A former envelope company headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue in Springfield is undergoing a $3 million renovation to become the new home of the Baystate Academy Charter School.

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Updated at 7:30 P.M. July 6, 2015: The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office says the preliminary cause of death of 25-year-old Ronald Pinel is a gunshot wound to the chest. Associate Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth Dr. Andrew Sexton conducted the autopsy at the Holyoke Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

A 20-year-old man remains in critical condition at Baystate Medical Center Springfield, according to the DA’s office. A 20-year-old woman is in stable condition at Berkshire Medical Center, while a 25-year-old man and a 26-year-old man have been released from the Pittsfield hospital. 

One person is dead and multiple people are injured after a shooting in Pittsfield on July 4th. Meanwhile, police were investigating another shooting scene about a block away Sunday afternoon.

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A mental health organization that serves more than 10,000 Berkshire County families and a union representing 350 of its workers have reached a tentative agreement to avoid a strike planned to start Monday. It ends months of negotiations as employees claimed low pay was creating worker turnover.

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One person is dead and multiple people are injured after a shooting in Pittsfield last night. Meanwhile, police were investigating another shooting scene about a block away Sunday afternoon.

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An innovative health sciences charter school in Springfield, Massachusetts will welcome its first high school freshman class at the end of August.

The Baystate Academy Charter School, which had students in grades 6 through 8 during its first two years in operation held a lottery to fill out its 9th grade class of just over 100 students. 

Executive Director Tim Sneed said the academy is a rigorous college-prep school that uses a project-based, hands-on approach known as Expeditionary Learning.

A Vermont woman has donated land across from her South Royalton home to preserve a popular White River swimming hole.

Connecticut environmental officials are asking beachgoers to help protect nesting birds in coastal areas.

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