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North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard is approaching the end of his first six months in office. He recently spoke with WAMC about what he’s accomplished and what challenges face the smallest city in Massachusetts.

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Earlier this year, the Trump Administration announced a new policy that allows states to adopt new Medicaid policy initiatives.  According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, it is designed to improve health by making work a requirement for Medicaid coverage for certain beneficiaries. Several states have begun to implement such programs. During a conference call on Wednesday, officials from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said there are a number of harmful unintended consequences occurring in states adopting such policies.

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A Vermont police department says the vehicle of a suspect wanted in the shooting death of a South Burlington woman has been found in New York.

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The Massachusetts Senate has adopted a budget amendment from State Senator Adam Hinds that would impact rural school districts.

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    A pair of New England-based American Impressionist painters – husband and wife – who had no interest in commercial gain and shunned the spotlight are the subjects of a new exhibit at the Springfield Museums. 

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Nathaniel Karns, 65, left the office of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission for the final time on Friday, ending a 24-year run as the organization’s executive director.

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Firefighters in the largest city in western Massachusetts are now responding to emergency calls equipped with an opioid overdose reversal drug.

Vermont Democratic Representative Peter Welch has joined 12 other members of Congress in demanding the Environmental Protection Agency release a study on the health effects of chemical contaminants.

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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott called a special session of the state legislature to begin today. It comes after he promised to veto the budget and property tax bills presented to him, although he has yet to officially veto the fiscal plans.  On Tuesday, he nixed a number of other bills, including one that would raise the minimum wage, and a paid family leave measure.  Vermont Senate Pro-Tem Democrat/Progressive Tim Ashe says that move was an example of continued frustration the legislature has with the administration.

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Both chambers of the Vermont Legislature gaveled into special session this morning — and after less than an hour each chamber adjourned until next Tuesday.  After adjournment the House and Senate leaders expressed continued frustration with the Scott Administration.

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A new director has been picked for the second-largest public housing authority in Massachusetts.

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Firefighters in the largest city in western Massachusetts are now equipped with an opioid overdose reversal drug.

        With five weeks left before the start of a new fiscal year in the largest city in western Massachusetts, public hearings have been scheduled to dive deep into a proposed budget.

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Two solar companies in the region have merged, saying the move will accelerate the growth of solar in Vermont and New York’s Hudson Valley.

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       A venerable western Massachusetts zoo, which has struggled financially, has hired a new director, who vows to take the zoo in a new direction. 

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After the high school shooting in Florida in mid-February, President Trump suggested arming teachers as added security against such events, but the idea was largely rejected. A new documentary that will be screened tonight in Northampton, Massachusetts says in some school districts teachers are carrying guns, and in some cases so too are school bus drivers, custodians and other staff members. Kate Way, the co-producer and co-director of the film “G Is For Guns", spoke with WAMC's Brian Shields.

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Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, Massachusetts pleaded guilty to four charges related to terrorism Monday in connection with plans to attack college campuses.

The attorneys for a Vermont man facing a second federal death penalty trial are asking a judge to declare the punishment unconstitutional.

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The ex-Vermont state senator who was defeated in his bid for re-election after 48 years in office is now retiring from the day job he's held for 60 years: teaching political science at Johnson State College.

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Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced on Monday that he's running for re-election this fall.

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    With the scheduled opening of the first resort casino in Massachusetts less than 100 days away, MGM Springfield is eager to get people to apply for hundreds of jobs that are still open.

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An Adams, Massachusetts man pleaded guilty to multiple terrorism-related charges in a Springfield courtroom Monday.

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       The first worker cooperative commercial greenhouse in Massachusetts is about to begin production on what was once a badly contaminated industrial site in Springfield.

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The yet-to-open Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art in L.A. has acquired Shuffleton’s Barbershop, a Norman Rockwell painting at the heart of the controversy surrounding the Berkshire Museum’s art sale.

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A Boston police captain's son who is accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a college campus to support the Islamic State group is expected to plead guilty.

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An opioid abuse treatment bill cosponsored by Western Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal has cleared a hurdle in the House. 

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The first worker cooperative commercial greenhouse in Massachusetts is set to open on what was once a badly contaminated industrial site in Springfield.

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      With the scheduled opening of the first resort casino in Massachusetts less than 100 days away, MGM Springfield is holding more information sessions for job-seekers. 

A 70-year-old woman accused of manufacturing the deadly toxin ricin and testing it on fellow residents at a Vermont retirement community has pleaded guilty to possessing it.

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Castleton University in Vermont has announced staff layoffs as part of an effort to close a $1.5 million operating loss.

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