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A delegation delivered a letter signed by 14 people from community, faith-based and labor organizations to the office of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. It called on him to issue an executive order that would effectively make Springfield a so-called " sa
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       More than a dozen community, faith-based, and labor organizations in Massachusetts are calling on the mayor of the state’s third largest city to declare it a so-called “sanctuary jurisdiction.”

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Vermont Conservation Voters is an organization that works to elect environmentally minded individuals and advocates for environmental policy.  It works each year with a coalition of 10 groups to create a Common Agenda of environmental priorities to present to lawmakers each session. The 2017 agenda, which focuses on toxic chemicals and renewable energy policy, was released this week at the Statehouse.  Vermont Conservation Voters Political Director Lauren Hierl says as the agenda is crafted, pressing issues become clear.

A regional working group focused on economic development in Bennington County will hold its first meeting next week.

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A bill has been proposed in the Vermont House that would make it legal for adults to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana.

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       A pay raise package for elected officials in Massachusetts is expected to be finalized this week on Beacon Hill.   While pay raises for public officials are always controversial, this plan has drawn just token opposition.

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Two energy providers in Burlington are expanding an energy efficiency program to homeowners.

       President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is getting a lot of scrutiny today.

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The Vermont Legislature has approved a resolution that affirms abortion rights.

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a roundtable in Burlington Monday with health officials and advocates to discuss the rapidly rising cost of prescription drugs.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announces her office is seeking to join a lawsuit brought by the ACLU to challenge President Trump's Executive Order on immigration. She was joined by immigrant advocates, representatives of the state's health c
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The Massachusetts attorney general is taking action to challenge President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (right) discusses presidential executive order on immigration with Vermont ACLU Executive Director James Lyall (left)
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The debate over the constitutionality of President Trump’s immigration Executive Order flared last night when the acting Attorney General of the United States was fired after refusing to enforce the mandate.  The debate between the Justice Department and the White House was occurring as Congressional Democrats gathered in front of the Supreme Court to protest what New York Senator Charles Schumer called an “inhumane” order.  Among them was Vermont Representative Peter Welch, who earlier in the day was in Burlington condemning the president’s actions.

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, during his State of the Commonwealth Address a week ago, touted a new education model called “school empowerment zones.” 

         The only one of its kind is in Springfield where the city’s nine middle schools operate in an Empowerment Zone Partnership. 

        WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Chris Gabrieli, who chairs the independent board that oversees the schools.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is planning to join a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (right) discusses presidential executive order on immigration with Vermont ACLU Executive Director James Lyall (left)
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Congressman Peter Welch expressed his outrage over President Trump’s executive orders affecting migrants and refugees to the United States.

All eight of Vermont's mayors are calling on President Donald Trump to rescind the executive order that temporarily bans travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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A Vermont writer best known for his novels about life in rural Vermont has died.

Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy says he will oppose the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next U.S. Attorney General.

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       Iranian nationals, who are affected by the immigration restrictions ordered by President Trump, represent a notable student population at UMass Amherst.

As protests erupted over the weekend against President Trump’s immigration and refugee bans, communities in Massachusetts are responding to the president’s proposed crackdown on sanctuary cities. Trump signed an executive order threatening to strip federal funds from communities that harbor undocumented immigrants.

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Efforts to bring broadband internet to underserved areas of rural, western Massachusetts have been ongoing for more than a decade. Now the regional cooperative WiredWest has a new proposal. It comes after Governor Charlie Baker’s administration shook up and reviewed the efforts of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. 

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A coalition of almost two dozen organizations in western Massachusetts are planning steps to assist undocumented immigrants in the wake of declarations this week from some national and local government leaders.

A Barre, Vermont man has denied helping a homicide suspect leave the state following the first slaying in the nation's smallest capital city in nearly a century.

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    The countdown is on to the opening of a new transportation hub in western Massachusetts later this year.

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Key Vermont lawmakers are asking Republican Governor Phil Scott for an alternative budget proposal as it becomes increasingly clear that his won't pass in either the House or the Senate.

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About one year ago, state health and environmental officials were alerted to and tasked with dealing with the discovery of the chemical PFOA in drinking water supplies in Southern Vermont. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard traveled to Bennington last night where the state’s health official revealed results of blood testing conducted over the last year.

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As President Donald Trump issues Executive Orders clamping down on immigration, some state attorneys general are pushing back.  Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has created a Task Force on Immigration to advise him on his legal authority regarding federal immigration law.

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Environmental activists, often at odds with companies involved in the natural gas business, are praising a public utility in western Massachusetts for adopting a new strategy when it comes to fixing leaking pipes.  

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A Massachusetts judge has set a trial date for a mother accused of helping dispose of her 2-year-old daughter's body after her boyfriend allegedly killed the girl.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says he will veto legislation calling for nearly $18 million in annual pay raises for top lawmakers, statewide elected officials and judges. 

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A new transportation hub in western Massachusetts is expected to open to the public in April.

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