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Protesters in front of Ben & Jerry's scoop shop in Burlington
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A coalition of groups came together on May Day in Burlington to demand that ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s implement an agreement guaranteeing dairy farm workers’ rights.

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The Pittsfield City Council recently held a public hearing on the city’s five-year capital improvement plan. The plan calls for significant infrastructure developments and purchases —  even as councilors grapple over the budget. 

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A bill that would make Connecticut the first state in the country to allow police to use drones outfitted with deadly weapons has stalled.

The Hartford Courant reports the Legislature's Public Safety Committee held the measure on Monday, which is a parliamentary move that could hurt the bill's chances. It could possibly be brought up as an amendment later on in the session.

Two Berkshire County residents have been named to Massachusetts’ STEM Advisory Council. 

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut has announced a Congressional hearing into airline passenger conditions following the forcible removal of a United Airlines passenger. 

Activists are using May Day rallies in Massachusetts to call for greater protections for undocumented immigrants.

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An all-girls boarding and college-prep day school in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has opened a new academic building and revamped its curriculum. It’s an effort to give girls opportunities in science and math, where women are largely underrepresented.

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      The drought is over for most of Massachusetts.

       But, below normal precipitation for several years in southern New England means we are not out of the woods yet. 

         WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke today with Michael Rawlins, associate director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

General Electric Co. plans to break ground next week on its new headquarters at the former NECCO candy factory in Boston. 


Activists plan to march on City Hall in Springfield Monday to demand the western Massachusetts city be designated a sanctuary for immigrants.

Vermont's largest electric utility wants to increase rates by nearly 5 percent.

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott's office says his proposal to have teachers negotiate their health care benefits with the state, rather than their local school district can still become law despite being rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate.

An interfaith organization in the Berkshires will discuss its priorities and countywide campaigns with local elected officials on Sunday.

Senate Democrats are calling on the White House to protect coastlines from offshore oil drilling.


    When Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts reopens in June following a $95 million renovation, it will serve as the hub for public transit bus service in the city.


   Events are taking place to mark the centennial of World War I.  One such commemoration highlighted the heroism of an infantry unit made up largely of soldiers from western Massachusetts.

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The Berkshires theatre community is mourning the death of an actress and advocate for the arts who was killed by a truck this week. Local police are calling for help from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to make sure something like this never happens again. 

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The University of Vermont held its ninth Student Research Conference on Thursday, showcasing the work of students through poster sessions, oral presentations and creative presentations.

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, has introduced a bill to restore consumer control over sensitive personal information.


   The members of a new committee who will select which projects will get funded under the Community Preservation Act in the city of Springfield have been announced.


Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, both Democrats, have introduced legislation to strengthen passenger safety on cruise ships. 

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Bennington College will host a conference on the future of higher education in prisons this week.

The Berkshire Veterans’ Coalition and the City of Pittsfield gathered Thursday to plan the Memorial Day flag placement at Pittsfield cemeteries. 

Former Taft School will  be renovated as UVM's integrated center for the creative arts
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The University of Vermont Foundation, which manages private support for the college, announced a donation Thursday that will create an integrated center for the creative arts.

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The Lenox Chamber of Commerce opened a Visitors Center on Thursday for residents and visitors alike. The goal is to draw attention to outdoor recreation, business and cultural attractions in the Western Massachusetts town.

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The Pittsfield Public School Committee adopted a roughly $60.6 million budget last night under the city’s level funding. The budget cuts 75.6 full-time jobs from the school district. 


The centennial of World War I was observed Thursday in Springfield, Massachusetts with a ceremony honoring a largely forgotten part of the city’s history.

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Williams College will host competing lectures about healthcare. 


A Pittsfield company wants to develop a Berkshire Business Confidence Index to better show the trends of the county’s economy. 

Renowned political scientist and activist Dr. Ben Barber, who had ties to the Berkshires, has died. His last book, “Cool Cities: Urban Sovereignty and the Fix for Global Warming,” was published less than a week before his death from pancreatic cancer.