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Pittsfield has accepted a new round of funding from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to fight the infestation of zebra mussels. 

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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On June 28th, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter to all state Secretaries of State requesting voter information.  The commission is charged through a presidential executive order to study alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election.  But many states are balking.  Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos initially said he would provide only publicly available information.  This week, he changed his mind and determined he would not send any voter information to the commission.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren will hold a town hall in Pittsfield on Saturday. 

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Hundreds of sick or injured stray kittens will be treated this summer at New England’s only kitten intensive care unit.  When healthy, the kittens will be put up for adoption. 

Hoosic River Revival

After nine years of working to save the watershed, the Hoosic River Revival hired its first full-time executive director. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with environmentalist Matthew Miller about the project’s management going forward.

This is a picture of Adams Hinds who is running for the Massachusetts Senate.
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Representatives of State Senator Adam Hinds will meet today with the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Design Lab to coordinate a workshop on improving regional public transportation.

   A march and rally is scheduled Saturday July 8th in Northampton to raise awareness about sexual harassment. 

      The protest has been organized by a group of young people. It follows a sit-in last month at the JFK Middle School in Northampton, where protestors complained about students being harassed by peers.

     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Maya Mintz Coccoluto, a co-organizer of Saturday’s march.

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A bridge in Cheshire, Massachusetts needs further repairs. 

Late State Rep. Cariddi
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A new candidate in the special election for the 1st Berkshire District state House seat has a familiar name. The seat opened up when Representative Gailanne Cariddi died in June.

This is a photo of Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal
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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal announced a nearly $100,000 federal health services grant for rural health networking development in Great Barrington today. 

Lenox, Massachusetts will hold a public hearing Thursday on whether to enforce a bylaw regulating Airbnb.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Last week, Vermont Governor Phil Scott wrote to Congressional leaders, expressing his concerns over the Senate health care bill.  Meanwhile, state legislative leaders have left open the possibility of a special session in October to deal with any federal budget actions.  In the second part of an interview, the first-term Republican governor explains that federal funding is critical to Vermont.

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Hundreds of sick and injured stray kittens will be treated this summer at New England’s only kitten intensive care unit. 

Berkshire Family YMCA

Kristine Hurley has officially started work as the new mission advancement director of the Berkshire Family YMCA. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Hurley, who spent three years as director of Downtown Pittsfield Inc. and is credited with forming strong relationships between the city and its business corridor.

The Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization wants to see how its federal transportation dollars are being spent.

Pittsfield Police are investigating what could be the western Massachusetts city’s first homicide this year. 

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The only public library bookmobile in western Massachusetts is back on the road for a third season.

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The 10th annual DownStreet Art project in North Adams, Massachusetts is in full swing. 

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   Police are looking for an armed and dangerous fugitive after a killing in western Massachusetts.

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With Massachusetts putting fresh focus on its life sciences initiative with grant funding, companies in the western end of the state hope to see some of it. 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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It was a busy spring in Vermont politics. Governor Phil Scott vetoed the state budget on June 6th because it did not include a plan to restructure teacher contract negotiations. He said the plan would save property taxpayers statewide $26 million.  State leaders had until July 1st to reach a compromise to avoid a state shutdown. A solution was reached before the legislature’s veto session on June 21st , and the governor signed the budget three days before deadline.  It includes no new taxes or fees.  In the first of a two-part interview, first-term Republican Governor Phil Scott says he and agency commissioners and department heads began working on the budget as soon as he was elected in November.

An Amtrak train arrives at the station in Hartford,Ct
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       A proposal to have the Massachusetts Department of Transportation do a feasibility study of Springfield-to-Boston high-speed passenger rail service is picking up steam.

A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that requires voters to register at least 20 days before an election.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, along with the national ACLU Voting Rights Project and a Boston law firm, filed the lawsuit in November.

Mosquito
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West Nile has been found in mosquitoes in Richmond, Massachusetts. 

Legislators will return to the Massachusetts State House after the holiday to try to pass a final state budget. 

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Some of the 24 demonstrators arrested in Otis State Forest in May as they sought to halt Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut pipeline expansion are now facing fines. 

Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment circa 1898
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Officials in Vermont have added a new historic marker that commemorates an African-American regiment of the U.S. Army with ties to the state.

Central Berkshire District Court First Justice William Rota has stepped down. 

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Vermont has launched a statewide alert system to warn residents of financial scams.

Sparkler
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A man igniting a sparkler in New Hampshire accidentally set fire to fireworks he had in his SUV, causing them to explode and sending him and his family scrambling for safety.

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