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The Vermont attorney general's office says a legal settlement with a group working to develop a 93-mile recreation trail across northern Vermont will help develop the trail faster.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos says he will not submit voter data after receiving a second request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

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The Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture toured three farms in Berkshire County Wednesday to see how the region’s farm-to-table community and economy have been growing. 

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Saturday marks the 80th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first performance at Tanglewood, its summer home. Here's a preview of a theatrical adaptation of Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger at Festival of Fools
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The tenth annual Festival of Fools is being held this weekend in Burlington, Vermont.

Stockbridge, Massachusetts has adopted a new alcohol policy.

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Democratic Congressman Richard Neal plans to hold a town hall event in Pittsfield in September. 

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Western Massachusetts residents and lawmakers are calling on state leaders to strengthen elder services in Berkshire County, where about half of the population is over the age of 65. 

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    An historic preservation organization is honoring UMass Amherst for the $21 million two-year renovation of the Old Chapel building.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal toured a sterile manufacturing plant in Lee on Tuesday, whose owners made a plea for state help in attracting skilled workers to the region. 

    A western Massachusetts city is adding more police surveillance cameras after a pilot program proved successful.

A former Vermont town clerk and treasurer under investigation for missing money says she threw away a computer thumb drive containing financial records.

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A recently released study by a University of Vermont researcher has found that the cost of health care and insurance is a risk to farm viability.

Berkshire Opera Festival

Last year, Jonathon Loy and Brian Garman brought Berkshire County’s opera scene back to life with a production of Madama Butterfly. It was the first full-scale opera production in the Berkshires in about a decade. WAMC’s JD Allen sat down with Loy and Garman to talk about the second season of the Berkshire Opera Festival.

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Western Massachusetts residents and lawmakers made it very clear at the state Department of Public Utilities’ public hearing Tuesday night in Pittsfield: Eversource’s proposed rate hike will not fly. 

In a dramatic Senate vote, Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, went down last Friday. Now, a bipartisan group of 40 House members have written to Speaker Paul Ryan proposing four reforms.   Vermont Democrat Peter Welch says the defeat of the Republican bill is providing an opportunity to refocus and bring lawmakers to the table for practical discussions on how to repair and improve the Affordable Care Act.

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   A new push is being made to get police departments in Massachusetts equipped with body and cruiser cameras.  A law enforcement equipment company is offering free trials of its camera system. A state legislator wants the Baker administration to come up with guidelines for using the technology.

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The Berkshire Women’s Political Caucus will head to northern Berkshire County for the first time on Wednesday. 

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Williamstown and Lanesborough, Massachusetts are scheduled to vote in November on whether to combine the four school committees that operate in the region.

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A Berkshire-based biotechnology entrepreneur has been accused of using investor funds – given for technologies to fight cancer – to pay his mortgage, write checks to family members and support his fiancée’s restaurants. 

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   A Massachusetts state legislator is asking the Baker administration to come up with guidelines for police to use body and cruiser cameras.

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The Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School has received a grant from Harvard to collaborate and share data with traditional public schools in northern Berkshire County. 

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    A special legislative commission tasked with coming up with recommendations about online gambling has issued its final report to members of the Massachusetts legislature.

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    Many cities in the region will participate today in National Night Out, an annual event that seeks to improve relations between the police and the community.

Many cities in the region will participate Tuesday in National Night Out, an annual event that seeks to improve relations between the police and the community.

Two of Vermont's top law enforcement officials say that under no circumstances is a police officer permitted to use force that is not reasonable or legally permissible.

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West Nile has been found in mosquitoes in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

Black bear in Vermont woods
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Green Mountain National Forest officials are warning hikers and campers to safely store all food and keep campsites clean following a spike in encounters with bears.

Images by Experience Design. Courtesy Berkshire Museum

Now an update to a story we brought you last week: Criticism from national museum associations, cultural institutions, artists, and educators apparently won’t stop the Berkshire Museum’s plan to sell 40 objects in its collection to pay for an overhaul of the Pittsfield complex and an endowment fund.

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Vermont’s Attorney General is leading a bipartisan coalition of  33 states supporting the Department of Justice’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether email service providers can shield evidence of a crime from law enforcement by storing data outside the United States.

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