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    Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg announced today that he will step down as leader of the chamber while an investigation is being conducted into sexual misconduct allegations involving his husband. 

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The Metropolitan Opera has suspended conductor James Levine after reports over the weekend detailed multiple allegations of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s. The Boston Symphony Orchestra says it received no complaints during Levine’s time as music director.

      It has been more than a year since voters in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts adopted the state’s Community Preservation Act.   The CPA is a property tax surcharge to fund projects involving historic preservation, open space and recreation, and affordable housing.

Plans will be announced Monday to redevelop the old bus terminal on Main Street in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Renowned environmentalist Sandra Steingraber is expected to speak at Lenox Memorial High School in western Massachusetts at 5 p.m. Saturday about how PCBs, fracked gas and pipelines impact the environment and human health. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Steingraber, a biologist and author, about some of the region’s major environmental problems. 

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Bus drivers and paraeducators in a Vermont school district have voted to go on strike Dec. 5 if a new contract isn't reached by then.

Investigators say a retirement community resident made ricin and tested the deadly toxin on her neighbors by putting it on their food or in beverages over a period of weeks.

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  A police officer in Massachusetts who drew national attention for a Facebook post mocking the death of a woman run down by a car during protests in Charlottesville, Virginia last summer has been fired.

The Massachusetts State Senate plans to hire a special investigator to look into sexual assault allegations against the husband of Senate President Stan Rosenberg. 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts is awaiting the results of a study organized by the National Resource Network nonprofit on city efficiency. 

   More than 6,000 drug convictions are being dismissed by prosecutors in Massachusetts because of misconduct by a former drug lab chemist.   It is the second time in Massachusetts this year that thousands of drug charges were swept away by scandal at a testing lab.

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The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office is hosting a vigil this weekend to draw attention to the dangers of drunk driving. 

   Prosecutors in western Massachusetts are moving to dismiss thousands of drug convictions tainted by a former chemist at a drug lab.

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is set to announce its decision on Eversource’s electricity rate hike by the end of today. 

Vermont Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Peter Walke (left) and Governor Phil Scott discuss VW settlement funds
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Yesterday in Montpelier, Vermont’s governor and Deputy Natural Resources Secretary detailed a draft plan for how the state will use nearly $19 million dollars it will receive as part of a settlement with Volkswagen.

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A writers’ fellowship is gearing up for its second year in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in hopes of drawing attention to the city’s rich literary history. 

Four large-scale clinics have been scheduled on the UMass Amherst campus beginning Thursday to vaccinate students against meningitis.

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The solar array recently installed at Williamstown, Massachusetts landfill is showing results. 

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Property taxes are going up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The city council on Tuesday night approved the use of free cash to soften the blow.

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     Hampshire College is on its way to becoming 100 percent solar for the electricity used on campus.  It is believed to be a first for a residential college anywhere in the United States.

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Contaminated water used to test Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline in Western Massachusetts will be trucked to a Maine wastewater treatment plant. 

UMass Amherst has scheduled a mass vaccination program after federal health officials determined two recent cases of meningitis should be considered an outbreak.

New Marlborough, Massachusetts is the latest Berkshire County municipality to consider whether to allow marijuana shops. 

Burlington City Council meeting 11-6-17
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After weeks of twists and turns, Burlington city councilors made their final decision on which of four bidders will buy the city’s cable and broadband provider. Monday’s marathon meeting lasted into the early morning hours.

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After essentially running the Pittsfield, Massachusetts police department for a decade, Michael Wynn has been officially appointed chief. 

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  A civil rights activist voiced concerns to city councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday that two qualified minority candidates had been passed over during the selection of the city’s next fire commissioner.  The claim was rebutted by the administration of Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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Officials in Winooski, Vermont city are getting ready to provide details of plans to upgrade its Main Street.

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The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is inviting people to comment at a series of public meetings on water quality improvement projects designed to help clean up Lake Champlain.

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Civil War bonds and old advertising posters are among the long-forgotten artifacts found in a mysterious vault at the New Hampshire Statehouse.

A Vermont city has shut down a recently opened dog park after complaints from a neighbor that the barking and yapping were making him "miserable."

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