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Vermont utility regulators have rejected a proposal to place solar panels on the top of a skating rink in the town of Hartford.

Bennington, Vermont, voters will be deciding on Town Meeting Day if the community will elect a mayor instead of having a town manager.

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Three municipalities in western Massachusetts are exploring banding together to pick an electricity supplier for their residents and businesses.

City of Chicopee

A significant milestone is expected this year in a nearly decade-long massive project to clean up two former industrial sites in western Massachusetts.

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts, is using millions of dollars of state aid to improve its downtown. 

       A recent report from a left-leaning research center said student loan debt has been growing rapidly for graduates of Massachusetts’ four-year public colleges and universities.

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          Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are racing to complete renovations to a downtown park to coincide with the opening of the MGM casino.  

The Vermont Legislature did not pass gun legislation before lawmakers head home for their mid-session break as Republican Governor Phil Scott had requested, but they have made the issue a focus of their deliberations during the current session.

         A new study finds Massachusetts students are borrowing more to attend the state’s public universities. 

Officials say human remains discovered in the woods of Hatfield belong to a Clarksburg, Massachusetts woman missing for the past year. 

DACA Uncertainty Felt In Berkshires

Mar 2, 2018

Fierce national debate about immigration is weighing heavily on some Massachusetts residents as the fate of DACA consumes the lives of those it protects. 

     A public health emergency has been declared in Springfield, Massachusetts because of the opioid crisis.  The local health board has authorized the creation of a needle exchange program, something that was first proposed in the city 20 years ago but rejected. 

Sanders' presidential campaign sign
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Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign has paid a $14,500 civil penalty to the Federal Election Commission to settle a complaint the campaign improperly accepted the services of volunteers from Australia.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he's still hopeful the Legislature can give final approval to a bill that would allow police to seize firearms and explosives from people determined to be an extreme risk to themselves or others.

Emerald Ash Borer
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This week, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources announced that the invasive Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in the state.  Officials are not surprised by the discovery, but they are disappointed.


         The local health board in Springfield, Massachusetts has declared a public health emergency due to the opioid crisis and voted to authorize a needle exchange program.

Berkshire DA Announces Surprise Retirement

Mar 1, 2018
Josh Landes

At times choking up, Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless surprised the county by announcing his retirement Thursday morning.

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Still locked in contract negotiations with one nurses’ union, Berkshire Health Systems announced Wednesday it has settled on a new contract with another. 

On Town Meeting Day some Vermont towns will vote on resolutions that address climate change.

The Vermont Senate has unanimously approved a proposal that would allow police to take firearms and explosives from people judged to be an extreme risk to themselves or others.

Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Center
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A task force studying problems at New Hampshire's only veteran’s hospital says the state doesn't need a full-service facility and instead is encouraging more collaboration with the VA medical center in Vermont and expanded partnerships with community hospitals.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger talks about environmental priorities
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was at the city’s waterfront Tuesday afternoon to outline his environmental priorities if he is elected to a third term on Tuesday.

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With an August deadline approaching, Pittsfield’s city council remains divided over a plan to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s requirements for upgrades to the city’s wastewater plant. 

PVTA buses at Union Station in Springfield

  The largest public transit system in western Massachusetts is considering fare hikes and service cuts to close a projected budget deficit.

Munarsyah, Driscoll and Weinberger at UVM mayoral debate
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The University of Vermont Student Government Association hosted a mayoral debate at the student center Tuesday evening, one week before Burlington voters go to the polls on Town Meeting Day.


      Several police officers with checkered pasts are up for promotion in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dozens of people showed up Tuesday night for a meeting of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, where a discussion of police promotion policies was on the agenda.

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Elementary schools in Monterey and South Egremont could close following a special Southern Berkshire Regional School District school committee meeting. 

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Although a strike was averted, the Massachusetts Nurses Association held a candlelight vigil in front of Berkshire Medical Center Monday night. Contract negotiations with the Pittsfield hospital have dragged on for a year and a half. 

The city council president in Springfield, Massachusetts has named a police-community relations steering committee.

Great Barrington Town Hall

Broadband internet access will be coming to Great Barrington, Massachusetts sooner than expected.