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Burlington, Vermont is gearing up for its 34th First Night festival, the largest single-day arts festival in the state.

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The agenda has been announced for the annual organizational meeting of the Springfield City Council. It includes the swearing-in of a new council president.

         The increasingly cashless society came to interstate highway travel in Massachusetts this year, while multimillion dollar transportation projects forged ahead.

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A Florida man has sued a Massachusetts bank he says made $1.4 million worth of fraudulent wire transfers from his account to banks in Hong Kong.

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Criminal justice reform legislation is expected to be filed next month as the Massachusetts legislature begins a new session.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says a push to develop vacant or underutilized state property is paying dividends.

State education officials are considering plans for expanding early college programs to as many as 16,000 Massachusetts high school students.

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A lawyer for the widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombers says she is portrayed unfairly in the new Mark Wahlberg film, "Patriots Day."

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A $1.4 million dollar payment to a Massachusetts man who claims police framed him for a murder will come from the city of Springfield’s rainy day fund.

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A recent state report shows 367 children died in Connecticut from 2011 to 2015 from unintentional and intentional injuries.

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New jobs will be coming to western Massachusetts with the expansion of an automotive parts manufacturer in Chicopee.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded almost $5 million to western Massachusetts programs for the homeless.

  The top federal prosecutor for Massachusetts, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has announced her resignation.

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Six months from today, a major part of what makes the Berkshires special every summer will return for a new season. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket will mark its 85th season, running from June 21 to August 27.

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      Policymakers in Massachusetts are looking for ways to reduce the state’s high health care costs.

City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have held their last regular meeting of the year, and it marks a change in leadership for the legislative body.

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The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts will have new leadership in the New Year.

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   Plans are moving forward to construct a new branch library in a Springfield neighborhood that is recovering from the tornado of 2011.

This is a picture of Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing.
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After a decade in office, Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing is retiring. The Democrat has represented the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District since he was just 25 years old. Downing spoke with WAMC about what’s on his mind as he leaves office. 

City Councilors in Springfield, Ma voted 9-3 to override Mayor Domenic Sarno's veto of an ordinance creating a five-member board of police commissioners.
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A showdown in court appears likely between the executive and legislative branches in the third largest city in Massachusetts in a dispute over the management of the police department.

Gary Berte addresses reporters after Mayor Domenic Sarno announced his appointment to the Springfield Community Police Hearing Board.
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Just hours before a scheduled city council vote that could lead to a board of civilians running the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city’s mayor held a news conference this afternoon.  Mayor Domenic Sarno announced an appointment to the city’s Community Police Hearing Board and defended the advisory board’s work. 

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State and local officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a manufacturing expansion project in western Massachusetts.

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The American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts needs help.  The organization has put out an urgent appeal for volunteers. 

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The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday will attempt to override a mayoral veto and place a civilian board in charge of the police department.

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A homeless encampment that has been on state-owned land off Interstate 91 in New Haven, Connecticut for years has been bulldozed.

Letter received by Islamic Society of Vermont
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More than 200 faith leaders, clergy, and congregants from across Vermont gathered at the Islamic Society of Vermont on Friday to stand in solidarity after the group received a letter expressing intolerance for Islam.

Fire investigators say a fire in a dorm room at Vermont's Castleton University was caused by a computer that had been left on a bean bag chair.

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Opponents of a plan to replace two railroad bridges in downtown Middlebury with a tunnel say the old bridges can be replaced faster and for much less money than the project being promoted by the Vermont Transportation Agency.

Advocates claim momentum is building for banning disposable plastic bags from retail checkout counters in Massachusetts despite setbacks in the state legislature and in two of the state’s largest cities.

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      A lawsuit accuses the administration of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker of denying emergency shelter to homeless mothers and children.

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