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A Vermont neighborhood association is testing two new weed harvesters that help remove an invasive species from Lake Bomoseen.

The head of the Rutland Regional Medical Center is retiring.

Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel meets for the first time in Montpelier
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The first meeting of Vermont’s Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel was Tuesday in Montpelier.  The Legislature has tasked its members with providing recommendations to address systemic racial disparities across the state.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra has started to pack it in for the summer season. In Lenox, Massachusetts, Tanglewood was put into boxes bound for Boston.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office is reviewing the Berkshire Museum’s controversial plan to sell 40 objects from its collection to fund major renovations and create an endowment. 

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Police in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have found “large scale” credit card fraud at gas stations in the city. 

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council approved two different budgets at its August meeting Tuesday in North Adams: a flat-funded $15.7 million plan, and another including $2 million in cuts favored by Republican Governor Charlie Baker. The council is optimistic funds could be reallocated after the legislature’s summer recess.

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Massachusetts has dropped charges against four demonstrators arrested in Otis State Forest for blocking Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut pipeline expansion. 

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More mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

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Berkshire Health Systems plans to close its walk-in clinic in Williamstown, Massachusetts this week.

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New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers are talking about Canadian-U.S. trade relations days after President Donald Trump threatened to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents say they've arrested 25 people who didn't have valid immigration status and seized marijuana and other drugs over the weekend at a New Hampshire checkpoint.

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The former boyfriend of a Vermont woman who was found dead down a roadside embankment has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

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There are just a few more days until pools in the Northeast close for the season, but a startup from Bennington, Vermont that focuses on pool safety is looking to the future. 

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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts says it can’t accept a $1 million donation from an anonymous group that wants the museum to halt its planned sale of artwork. 

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Opponents are calling on the Berkshire Museum to pause its plan to sell 40 objects from its collection to fund major renovations and create an endowment. A loose coalition organized on Facebook has been publicly questioning the museum’s finances and leadership. The museum has spent much of the summer disputing the criticism. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with financial journalist Felix Salmon of Fusion, who recently published a post on the Berkshire Museum’s finances. The museum challenges Salmon’s findings, recently featured on his blog “Cause and Effect.”

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People in the Vermont city of Barre are working to create a granite sculpture to commemorate the community's claim to have been home to the first Boy Scout troop in the country.

A Vermont city could be facing a significant state fine after an operator error led to the release of more than 1 million gallons of raw sewage into the Otter and East creeks earlier this month.

A homeless man accused of assaulting a Vermont restaurant owner has continued to hang around the establishment.

A series of service cuts begin Sunday ( August 27th) affecting passengers of the largest regional transit system in western Massachusetts.

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High levels of the E. coli bacteria have been detected in Laurel Lake in Lee, Massachusetts. 

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Annie Selke launched a retail store and bed-and-breakfast in downtown Lenox, Massachusetts Tuesday. WAMC and the global, Pittsfield-based textiles company founder and CEO toured her new inn.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaking in Great Barrington in December 2015.
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    A bill proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to give local police the authority to detain undocumented immigrants wanted for serious crimes has been endorsed by two law enforcement organizations.

A western-Massachusetts based religious order whose members taught generations of New Englanders in parochial schools has been saved from financial ruin.

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Massachusetts State Representative Paul Mark is attending The Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship gathering in Kentucky. 

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Newton, Massachusetts Mayor Setti Warren launched his campaign for governor in May. WAMC’s Berkshires Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with the Democrat after he visited the westernmost part of the state earlier this month.

      Classes begin Monday August 28th for nearly 26,000 students in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts has received a $6.6 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to rebuild runaways at the municipal airport. 

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A fourth town in Vermont is mulling whether to join a proposed school district merger between three other districts.

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Cheshire, Massachusetts officials will meet with state ecologists before making a decision on removing a dam.

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