New England News

   Advocates for legalizing medically assisted dying in Massachusetts are looking to build grassroots support. 

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It looks like John Barrett has taken another step in his political comeback bid.

Enrollment is dropping at Adams-Cheshire Schools in Massachusetts. 

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According to a report by Airbnb, Berkshire County homeowners earned nearly $2 million by renting their homes out during the Tanglewood season. 

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts has received a $1 million grant to repair a failing, heavily-traveled bridge on Route 183. 

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Nearly 2,500 school board members and administrators from around New York state will tackle a weighty agenda at their annual convention this week in Lake Placid.

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The state of Vermont is planning to host a conference designed to encourage entrepreneurs with good ideas to work together.

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Vermont's largest hospital is working with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to expand the helicopter ambulance service that would help move critically ill or injured patients throughout its network of hospitals in Vermont and upstate New York.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection says North Adams failed to properly maintain the level of pH required in its water supply for three years. 


Democratic hopefuls will face off in a primary election tomorrow to fill the open 1st Berkshire District House seat. 


    The Republican governor of Massachusetts brought the Democratic governor of Delaware to Springfield Friday to see a school turnaround approach.


Massachusetts lawmakers are considering stricter gun regulations after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. 

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The police department in Springfield, Massachusetts is planning to move some of its operations into a newly renovated former U.S. Army Reserve center next year.  A dedication ceremony for the new facility was held today.

The Massachusetts Senate has approved legislation to provide all state and municipal workers with the same protections provided under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act. 

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A bill being discussed on Beacon Hill would ensure continued no-cost contraceptives in Massachusetts – regardless of federal changes to the health care law. 

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Pittsfield Democrat Adam Hinds has been selected to represent the Massachusetts Senate at the Broadband & Cable Policy Summit, hosted by the National Conference of State Legislators in Colorado. 

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Last year, seven species of bees were place on the endangered species list, and Williamstown, Massachusetts wants to help save the rest of the bee population. 


     John F. Kennedy memorabilia, pricey jewelry, and a collectable from World War I are among the thousands of items Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg is putting up for auction.

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With nurses still picketing outside Berkshire Medical Center after a 24-hour strike ended Wednesday morning, leadership says it’s business as usual inside the Pittsfield, Massachusetts hospital.

Schools in Berkshire County often must consider cutting arts programs to balance their budgets.  The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts wants to help keep culture in schools. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Beryl Jolly about educational opportunities for area students.

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The city of Barre, Vermont has issued a Boil Water Notice for users in the higher elevations of the distribution system who experienced water loss Wednesday night. 

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Health officials in southern Berkshire County are concerned young families do not have access to healthy foods. But that could be changing.

  Employees at a western Massachusetts community college have taken a vote of no confidence in the new college president.

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Five business groups have sued to try to keep the so-called “millionaires tax” proposal off the Massachusetts ballot next year.

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              Overwhelmed by the amount of items donated as part of Hurricane Maria relief efforts, the city of Springfield Tuesday night abruptly shut down collection sites.

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Hundreds of nurses planned to go to back to work at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts at 7 this morning after a 24-hour strike. But hospital management locked them out.


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   Five business groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a bid to knock the so-called “millionaires tax” off next year’s ballot in Massachusetts.


The city of Springfield has sold at public auction several tax-foreclosed properties, including one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts.

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Lawmakers in Pittsfield, Massachusetts hope that the city council’s allocation of $1 million to help close the funding gap for the nascent Berkshire Innovation Center will spark momentum for the decade-old project. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Mayor Linda Tyer to discuss a plan for the non-profit to take responsibility for its own lease, construction and ownership of the center.

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Elms College, the small Catholic liberal arts college in Chicopee, Massachusetts, will formally inaugurate a new president this Friday.