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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is struggling to win support for a program to help fellow ex-convicts find jobs.

  The opening of the first medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield – and just the second in all of western Massachusetts – is being delayed as city councilors review the terms under which the proposed facility would operate. 

The weekend exhibit runs until September 4 at the Old Stone Store on Main Street in Sheffield, Massachusetts.
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Although it’s home to only about 3,000 people at last count, Sheffield, Massachusetts has the distinction of being the first incorporated town in Berkshire County. And area historians are boasting about a whole lot more.

Voters in Springfield this November may be asked to adopt a Massachusetts law that would raise their property taxes to create a local fund for historic preservation projects, protecting open space and supporting affordable housing.

This is a picture of the Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts.
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A Denver-based hospitality company is looking to buy and expand a landmark Berkshire County resort once owned by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Yale's Calhoun College


Yale University has acknowledged that it decided to remove several stained-glass windows at Calhoun College only after a worker destroyed one in June that depicted slaves in a cotton field.

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Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president.

The New Hampshire fire marshal has recommended that negligent homicide charges be brought against the operator of a circus tent that collapsed last year in Lancaster, killing two Vermont individuals.

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Connecticut agricultural officials are promising a crackdown on people falsely claiming the produce they sell at farmers' markets is grown in-state.

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts Wednesday will announce the demolition of a long vacant house even though it sits in an historic district.

This is a picture of the inside of the Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts Senate leaders are seeking another increase in the state's earned income tax credit and a requirement that online marketplaces like Airbnb charge guests the same taxes as hotels and motels.


Rallies, marches, and vigils continue in the region following the deaths last week of two black men at the hands of police officers and the lone gunman attack that killed five police officers in Dallas. A Black Lives Matter rally in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday included a U.S. presidential candidate.

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The Vermont Attorney General’s office has ordered a dairy farm in Brandon to take corrective actions and pay a fine for violations of the state’s water pollution laws and agricultural practice regulations.

The Wood Thrush

Connecticut state officials are collaborating with conservationists on a new effort to protect local bird species. Five sites around the state have been chosen by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Audubon Connecticut as areas where birds are in the greatest need of conservation.

Sterling College
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A college in Craftsbury, Vermont, says police are investigating a series of incidents, including one in which a building that had been hanging a rainbow flag to recognize the victims of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando was egged.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks in Boston Monday.
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Adding its voice to what has become a national debate in the past few months, Massachusetts recently passed a public accommodations law guaranteeing equal protection for transgender people.


With the MGM Springfield casino a little more than two years away from opening its doors, programs are being set up to train the local workforce in western Massachusetts to fill the thousands of new jobs at the resort casino.

Sut Jhally
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From Baton Rouge to Minneapolis to Dallas, it has been a fraught week in the United States. Tonight, University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Sut Jhally is speaking at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts about race relationships in America. Jhally is the founder and executive director of the Media Education Foundation. He is best known for producing and directing films on politics, violence and social issues. Jhally spoke with WAMC about how he thinks the election of Barack Obama affected racial identity in the United States.

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA

Officials Monday will announce an agreement to help local residents train for culinary careers at the MGM Springfield casino.

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The Pittsfield Fire Department recently received a grant to carry the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer
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Linda Tyer, a Democrat, recently completed the first six months of a four-year term as the mayor of Pittsfield. The former city clerk spoke with WAMC to discuss the state of Pittsfield and her priorities.

Two Vermont parents have pleaded not guilty to a child cruelty charge after police said their 5-year-old son screamed for help after they took heroin in a Burlington parking lot and wouldn't wake up.

Burlington, VT Police car
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Burlington, Vermont’s police chief is suspending solo officer patrols in the wake of fatal sniper shootings of police in Dallas until the prospect of copycat attacks on other officers diminishes.

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In April 2014, the Vermont Legislature required the Vermont Public Service Board establish a revised net-metering program for consumers using renewable energy.  Since November of that year the Board has been gathering input and drafting rules.  The revisions, released at the beginning of this month, are raising concerns from environmental and energy advocates in Vermont.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Friday signed into law a bill allowing transgender people to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities. Massachusetts becomes the first state this year to enact such a transgender rights bill.


Police departments in Massachusetts are taking precautions after the sniper attack in Dallas that left five police officers dead.

Gov. Charlie Baker
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Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has vetoed $256 million in spending from a nearly $39 billion state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer
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In the wake of recent shootings involving police across the country, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer tells WAMC Friday she has talked with the city’s police chief about engaging the community in a conversation about law enforcement’s relationship with the public.

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Late Thursday the U.S. Senate approved federal GMO labeling legislation and moved the bill to the House for consideration.  In Vermont, where the first-in-the-nation mandatory GMO labeling law went into effect last Friday, advocates say the federal bill caters to the whims of the corporate food industry rather than actually providing consumers information.

Health officials in Massachusetts are recommending people take precautions this summer to protect themselves from mosquitoes that can spread illness. The much discussed Zika virus is a concern for people traveling out of the area, but there are local risks like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.