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Organizers of an anti-death penalty coalition say they have delivered over 56,000 petition signatures to New Hampshire Republican Governor Chris Sununu, urging him to sign a bill that would repeal the state's capital punishment law.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed a bill Wednesday that sets up a mechanism to allow prescription drugs to be imported to the state from Canada. But such a program requires federal approval, and that’s up in the air.

A Look At Pittsfield Mayor’s Budget Proposal

May 17, 2018
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The mayor of Pittsfield has released her 2019 budget proposal for the city.

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As the primary campaign for Berkshire District Attorney ramps up, there are new details about longtime officeholder David Capeless’ abrupt retirement in February.

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   Water is not something frequently associated with high tech. But, Massachusetts is home to a growing water technology sector. 

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     For the first time in more than 25 years, there will be a new venue for the July 4th fireworks show in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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The three Democrats running for District Attorney in Berkshire County debated in Pittsfield last night.

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Will Vermont lawmakers return for a special session next week? At his weekly press conference this afternoon, Vermont Governor Phil Scott discussed his move to call legislators back to Montpelier May 23rd. The Republican is promising to veto the-just passed state budget and property tax bill.

A long-running municipal labor dispute has finally be settled in the largest city in western Massachusetts. 

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     Massachusetts officials have begun to weigh the pros and cons of legalized sports betting, along with the “hows” and “wheres.”    There are a lot of ramifications following Monday’s major decision by the Supreme Court that gave states the green light to consider legalizing waging on sports.

Windsor Elects New Selectman To 3 Year Term

May 16, 2018
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Windsor, Massachusetts elected a new Selectman this week. 

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
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Saturday night, the Vermont Legislature adjourned despite Governor Phil Scott’s promise to veto the just-passed budget and property tax bills.  Late Tuesday the governor sent a letter to the House Speaker and Senate Pro Tem notifying them that a special session would begin next Wednesday, May 23rd.  During a conversation earlier Tuesday, Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe, a Progressive/Democrat, expressed strong disagreement with the governor’s recent actions.

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A nonprofit North Adams gallery held an affordable art auction Tuesday night.

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Nevada and five other states are filing new lawsuits accusing a Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths.

VT Gov. Phil Scott
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Republican Gov. Phil Scott says he plans to call lawmakers back to the Statehouse next week to prevent what he says is an unnecessary property tax increase on Vermonters.

   Massachusetts officials are weighing the pros and cons of legalized sports betting after the U.S. Supreme court gave state’s the green light to consider it. 

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    Additional taxpayers’ money will be used to cover the costs to operate Springfield’s Union Station in the first year since it reopened. 

Vermont Statehouse 2018
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The Democratically-controlled Vermont Legislature adjourned late Saturday despite state budget and property tax bill veto threats from the Republican governor.

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Pittsfield’s Third Thursday series begins this week.

Berkshire Group Brings Museum Sale Protest To NYC

May 15, 2018
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Representatives of a citizens group that opposes the Berkshire Museum’s controversial art sale are continuing to protest.

Two environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that a landfill in New Hampshire is leaking toxic chemicals into a nearby river.

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The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging people to watch out for turtles on the state's roadways.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he will veto the state budget and property tax bill passed by the Legislature because they would result in property tax increases.

Two Berkshire Nonprofits Up For Statewide Awards

May 14, 2018
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Two Berkshire County nonprofits have been nominated for statewide awards.

City of Springfield

Street paving projects this year could be delayed, or even postponed, in the largest city in western Massachusetts. 

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The director of Pittsfield’s main senior center retired Friday, ending a long public service career.

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Lawmakers at the Statehouse are considering proposals that would prohibit Massachusetts school districts from denying hot lunches to children who don't have the money to pay for them or whose parents have fallen behind on meal plan installments.

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Street paving projects this year could be delayed, or even postponed, in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton
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Danbury Mayor Boughton, a Republican known for political success in a Democratic city, narrowly received the Connecticut GOP's endorsement for governor on Saturday.

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Pittsfield is preparing for its first Third Thursday of the season.

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