New England News

Springfield Museums

Massachusetts officials have announced state funding for an exhibit at a new museum highlighting the life and work of a renowned children’s book author.

The Berkshire Medical Center North County Renal Dialysis Center opens Sept. 29.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Roughly 30 people in need of renal dialysis in northern Berkshire County will now have access to a facility nearby.


     Authorities have released composite sketches of a suspect in a 24-year-old western Massachusetts murder case. The images were not produced from the recollections of witnesses, but from an analysis of the DNA of the possible killer.

Vermont health and environmental officials are reminding residents in the Bennington area about a meeting this evening to address the chemical contamination of local water supplies. 


A major construction project is underway at a private college in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Rally signs
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Pressure is mounting to release the body cam video of a deadly police shooting in Winooski, Vermont a week and a half ago. 


       A noticeable change is occurring in the skyline of downtown Springfield, as construction work kicks into high gear on the MGM casino. 

Hampden District Attorney's Office

     A district attorney Wednesday is planning to announce what is called a “significant development” in a notorious unsolved western Massachusetts murder case.

The 2016 ACEEE scorecard map.
Twitter: @ACEEEdc

Massachusetts has found itself atop a national energy efficiency scorecard for the sixth straight year. Several Northeast states also ranked near the top.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The University of Vermont has received the largest gift ever to a publicly-funded university in New England and has renamed its medical school in honor of the donor.

Alberto G. /flickr

  The results of standardized tests given in Massachusetts schools last year are a mixed bag for the state’s second largest school system.

Hundreds of people turned out for the meeting Monday at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Hundreds of people turned out for a meeting Monday about bringing refugees, likely from Syria and Iraq, to Pittsfield.

Phil Scott (File photo Sept. 2016)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont's Republican lieutenant governor says he would sell his share of a construction company if he wins the governor's race in November.

Black Lives Matter Flag flies at student center at the University of Vermont
Akilah Ho-young/Facebook

A Black Lives Matters flag that had been flying at the University of Vermont campus was stolen over the weekend.


The skyline of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts is getting a new temporary feature.

Police are investigating the discovery of a body in a wooded area in South Burlington.


   Ground was broken today for a future park in Springfield, Massachusetts that will be named for a slain U.S. Marine.

Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland

Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland has reported to a federal prison in New York to begin serving a 2 ½-year sentence for campaign fraud.

The subdistrict ideas for Pittsfield's Tyler St. area.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Working with the state, Pittsfield continues to generate ideas to redevelop a neighborhood that borders the city’s once-thriving General Electric site.

Examples of BerkShares notes
Facebook: BerkShares Local Currency

A local currency program in western Massachusetts is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Alice Maggio is the executive director of BerkShares Inc. based in Great Barrington.


Candidates in a majority of Statehouse races in Massachusetts are facing no opposition on the November ballot.

A broadband internet access initiative for low-income families is being introduced in the second-largest public housing authority in Massachusetts.

The Mayflower II

The Massachusetts nonprofit that operates the deteriorating replica of the ship that the Pilgrims sailed to the New World has received a grant for much-needed repairs.

The University of Vermont College of Medicine has a new name after receiving the largest donation in the institution’s history.

The logo for the 2016 Concert Across America To End Gun Violence
Facebook: Concert Across America

More than 350 venues across the country will be hosting concerts on Sunday as part of the inaugural Concert Across America To End Gun Violence. One of the locations is Great Barrington in western Massachusetts. WAMC spoke with local organizer and anti-gun violence activist Elise Richman about the effort.

Click here for more information on Concert Across America To End Gun Violence.


     Construction is under way on the last major rebuilding project stemming from the June 2011 tornado that tore through Springfield, Massachusetts.

     Thousands of volunteers are fanning out in four New England states today for an organized trash cleanup along the banks of the Connecticut River.

Connecticut River Watershed Council

Thousands of volunteers will fan out in four New England states Friday and Saturday for an organized trash cleanup along the banks of the Connecticut River.

Phil Scott (File photo Sept. 2016)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott has been accused of breaking campaign finance rules by illegally coordinating with the Republican Governors Association on three television ads.

Vermont's administration secretary is leaving state government at the end the month.