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     A community health organization formed in Springfield, Massachusetts 20 years ago has started the new year by changing its name. 

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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he expects to sign a bill before Monday that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

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The Vermont Senate is considering a proposal to save money on prescription drugs by importing them from Canada, where many are sold for a fraction of the cost in the United States.

      Springfield eighth graders report higher rates of feeling sad or hopeless when compared with all students in Massachusetts, according to results of a survey reported by the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts. 

Timothy O'Connor Jr.
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The first Democratic speaker of the Vermont House and the longtime town moderator for his hometown of Brattleboro has died at 81.

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The Vermont Board of Libraries has recommended that the name of a prominent Vermont author, activist and pioneering education supporter be removed from a children's book award program.

Vermont State Police have released the names of the officers involved in the shooting death of a robbery suspect on the grounds of the Montpelier High School on Tuesday.

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A new culinary and hospitality training center is opening in western Massachusetts next week. It is part of the effort to have a workforce in place when the MGM casino opens in Springfield later this year. 

    The $7.5 million Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Institute has the latest and greatest of everything found in a commercial kitchen, according to professional chef and culinary arts department chairman Warren Leigh.

    "This is every exciting for us," said Leigh. " It is going to change the way we teach."

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Businessman Ned Lamont is launching another bid for the Democratic nomination for governor of Connecticut.

Police in Vermont's capital city say officers fatally shot an attempted robbery suspect on high school grounds.

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   Local governments, nonprofits, and a state agency will all sing from the same music sheet under an initiative launched in Massachusetts today to foster a rich cultural life.

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Williams College

Campuses have increasingly become ground zero for the battle over speech. And while the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, press, assembly, petition and religion from government infringement, it faces limitations at private schools like Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In a November opinion piece published in The Washington Post, the college’s then-president, Adam Falk, responded to criticism mainly from Congressional Republicans to resign for not allowing a self-described white supremacist to speak on campus. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with the college’s Interim President Tiku Majumder, who took over this month.

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The fatal shooting of a patient at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center last fall has prompted changes to security at the hospital, as well as policies on employee communication, education and training.

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Entomologists and tree experts say here may be an upside to the recent extended period of subzero weather in northern New England.

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The company that bought FairPoint Communications is discarding the old name and making plans to upgrade the service of tens of thousands of customers in northern New England.

The VA Medical Center in White River Junction is holding an art competition for veterans.

The entries can be fine art, such as painting, drawing and photography; applied art including ceramics, carving needlework and leatherwork; and craft kits such as wood building and models.

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A Vermont town has voted unanimously to host the proposed Granite State Power Link transmission line.

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  Construction is underway on a new food center that will provide improved nutrition for tens of thousands of children in the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts.

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A group of congressional leaders from Massachusetts visited Puerto Rico Friday for an update on Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.

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Several Vermont state agencies are seeking to delay hearings this month on the proposed sale of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

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A Democrat running for Massachusetts governor plans to hold a town hall in Pittsfield Sunday on the opioid crisis. 

Under the banner of a new organization, peace and social justice activists in Northampton Monday will again honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts residents are considering a temporary ban on retail marijuana shops. 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he plans to sign a bill that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but he hasn't decided yet if he will do it publicly.

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A capital bond bill is making its way through the Massachusetts legislature. It includes $4 million to redesign Pittsfield’s police station.

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who is being investigated for sexual misconduct.

The news of their separation was first reported by the Boston Globe in a story about Rosenberg’s possible return to the Senate presidency following the scandal.

 The Amherst Democrat stepped aside from the leadership position after the Globe reported four men had accused Hefner of sexual misbehavior and said he had bragged of having influence over Senate business.

Funeral For Pittsfield Police Officer Friday

Jan 11, 2018
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The funeral for a Pittsfield, Massachusetts police officer is Friday. Local authorities are planning to give him a proper sendoff.

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An unusual program at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield hopes to document the stories of immigrants coming to western Massachusetts. 

Berkshire Mall Loses American Eagle

Jan 10, 2018
The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts.
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The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts is losing another store. 

North Adams Planners Approve Dog Museum

Jan 10, 2018
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North Adams, Massachusetts planners have approved an art museum devoted to man’s best friend. 

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