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        If, on this income tax filing deadline day, you are curious about how the federal government spends your money, a Northampton-based organization has the answer.

    As veterans of the Vietnam War age into their 60s and 70s health problems may appear linked to their exposure to the widely used chemical Agent Orange. 

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Former presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders launches a cross-country tour in Maine Monday to reinvigorate the Democratic Party.

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Williams College will host a film screening and roundtable on the refugee crisis later this month. The discussion will highlight the work of the International Rescue Committee. 

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After nearly 30 years with the same flag, Burlington, Vermont, is holding a contest to find a new flag design that will capture the imagination of city residents.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam recognizes veterans on the 70th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attacks on Hickam Field
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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, is calling for major federal investments to modernize Veterans Affair facilities. Last month, Senate Democrats proposed a $10 billion plan to modernize VA facilities over the next 10 years.

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A community campaign to improve literacy in children from low-income families in Springfield, Massachusetts has been nationally honored.

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Vermont law enforcement agencies are working together to lower the number of distracted drivers on the state's highways.

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The second annual Wildflower Festival in Sheffield, Massachusetts is now open to visitors at Bartholomew’s Cobble.

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There is a $140,000 price tag to fix the historical Capitol theater marquee outside the Ralph Froio Senior Center in Pittsfield. But the city can’t decide if it should be budgeted for repair next year.

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   A new commander has been assigned to a western Massachusetts military base.

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The 121st Boston Marathon will be run on April 17th. It’s considered one of the top international running events. In 2013 the world’s attention turned to the race as two bombs near the finish line killed three people and injured more than 260 others. A new documentary recounts the history of the Boston Marathon and the return of racers and spectators after the 2013 tragedy.

      Massachusetts voters may have decided last November to legalize recreational marijuana, but opponents of the pot industry are not giving up.

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The Pittsfield City Council’s Finance Committee has approved tax increment financing to a Massachusetts company that says it can grow jobs and contribute to a stronger tax base during hard economic times.

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Vermont's highest court has overturned the sentencing of a former Rutland city attorney convicted in a 2013 hit-and-run crash that killed a 71-year-old woman.

Massachusetts voters may have legalized marijuana, but opponents of the pot industry have not given up.

More than 1,200 amendments have been filed to the Massachusetts state budget proposed by House leaders. 

Officials say Vermont is nearing a deal to move about 250 of its inmates from a privately-run prison in Michigan to a public prison in Pennsylvania.

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The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is hosting workshops to teach grandparents how to stop their grandchildren from abusing drugs. 

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, has announced legislation to restore online privacy. Blumenthal wants to halt a Republican-led rollback of privacy rules.

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Vermont is moving ahead with a measure to remove gendered signs from single-occupancy public bathrooms, but time is running out to pass the bill during this year's lawmaking session.

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A second deadline passed this week with no offers to purchase and restore one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts.  Historic preservationists are left anxious over its fate.

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  The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development has started to evaluate the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire’s plan to build low-to-moderate income housing in downtown Great Barrington. 

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    Authorities have arrested twenty people alleged to be part of a major drug trafficking operation in western Massachusetts.

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State Senator Adam Hinds met with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts undergraduate students and faculty last week to hear their concerns about the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and for the Humanities.

The trail marker near the summit of Bald Mountain
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The warmer temperatures and the calendar indicate spring has arrived, which for many in the region means hiking season is right around the bend. But, as I recently found out, the last vestiges of winter on are the mountaintops.

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  The top cop in Springfield, Massachusetts said he supports body cameras for the city’s police officers but obstacles remain to using the technology. The costs might be prohibitive and there are complex legal issues.

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Seniors in Pittsfield can now apply for a tax abatement for the next fiscal year.

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The Berkshire Theatre Group has received a $3,500 grant from the Charles H. Hall Foundation for its year-round educational program.

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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to protect families from polluted air from upwind states.

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