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        The way is clear for the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in the largest city in western Massachusetts. A development agreement leaves open the possibility of additional sites for medical cannabis in Springfield. 

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Massachusetts' attorney general is launching a new hotline to report harassment and intimidation of minority groups.

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A group of Chinese investors is suing a Miami businessman accused of massive fraud involving foreign investors' money in Vermont developments.

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Vermont state police are releasing more information about what led to a murder-suicide in Shaftsbury and how it happened.

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      The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced today the completion of the largest fund- raising campaign in the history of Massachusetts public higher education.

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Retiring Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing will go to work for a solar energy firm after leaving the State House. 

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   In the wake of scandal over alleged misconduct, the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is poised to vote tonight to put a board of civilians in charge of all police department personnel decisions. The move is strongly opposed by the city’s mayor. 

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday will consider legislation to put a civilian board in charge of the police department.

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The implementation of all-electronic open road tolling and the demolition of toll booths along the Massachusetts Turnpike is ahead of schedule.

Several hundred people are gathered in Burlington, Vermont, Friday afternoon to express their displeasure with the election of Donald Trump as president.

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A Vermont attorney accused of stealing money from trust accounts has pleaded guilty to mail fraud.

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The School Board in Vermont's largest city has condemned Facebook posts of a board member that were widely deemed racist and sexist.

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    An automobile parts manufacturer has received the final local approvals to expand a facility in western Massachusetts that will result in new jobs.

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     Numerous ceremonies took place across the region Friday to thank veterans for their service.

     On a campus lawn ringed by small American flags, Western New England University saluted people who are currently serving in the military and those who have served in the past.

      There was a wreath-laying, a 21-gun salute, and the playing of taps.

      A parade was held in Springfield from the Armory to City Hall, and a ceremony was scheduled at the Vietnam War Memorial in Mason Square – the oldest permanent Vietnam War Memorial in the country.  

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     Homeless veterans can now apply to rent a studio apartment in a new building next to a veterans outreach center in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The complex is the culmination of years of work by a Vietnam War veteran who has dedicated his life to helping fellow veterans.

    A new agreement has been reached that could lead to the opening of the first medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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     In the wake of police misconduct allegations, city councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have announced a proposal to have a civilian board oversee the police department.

Adam Hinds celebrates his election to the Massachusetts State Senate Tuesday night in Pittsfield.
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Voters in western Massachusetts are sticking with Democrats in the State House. Adam Hinds cruised to victory in the race to replace retiring Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing. Hinds, a Democrat, beat Republican Christine Canning by a roughly 70 to 30 split.

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Entergy Nuclear announced this morning it has reached a deal to sell the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, which closed in 2014, to a company that specializes in decommissioning industrial and nuclear plants.

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Hunters participating in Vermont's 16-day rifle season are being asked to report their results in order to help biologists.

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        Changes are being considered to a landmark municipal ordinance in Massachusetts that regulated public construction projects to promote local and minority employment, but has gone largely unenforced. 

City councilors and labor union leaders in Springfield are trying to put teeth into the city’s Responsible Employer Ordinance, which when it passed in 2008 was the first of its kind in Massachusetts, but has since been weakened by court challenges and haphazard enforcement.

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Vermont State Police have cited an individual for repeatedly vandalizing Trump-Pence political signs.

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A fight among neighbors in Springfield has left three men injured and in custody.

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An administrator from a Minnesota community college has been recommended to be the first woman president at a western Massachusetts community college.

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       The police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts said he will review how police misconduct complaints are handled in the wake of recent controversy.

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              With the opioid crisis resulting in an increase in the number of children in the Massachusetts foster care system, there are increasing appeals for people to consider adoption.

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The city of Burlington is showcasing its technology sector this week.  It’s a concerted effort to update the region’s image and call attention to Burlington’s position as one of the top 100 locations in the nation for tech business startups.

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There are two new interactive displays at the Burlington International Airport.  Designed and installed by students at Champlain College the intent is to showcase the city’s growing tech sector.

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Connecticut and federal officials are announcing a hotline for people to report rights abuses or fraud at the polls on Election Day. Workers from the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission will staff the hotline during voting hours on Tuesday.

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On Tuesday, Pittsfield voters will decide who will represent them in the State House and whether they want an additional tax surcharge to fund historical conservation efforts.

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