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The U.S. Drought Monitor map of the Northeast from Sept. 20.

Private wells across the Northeast are drying up in the face of a punishing drought over the past few months.

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    A non-profit has reopened an emergency loan fund to help western Massachusetts farmers who have suffered losses because of the drought.

A map of Berkshire Community College's main campus in Pittsfield.
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Berkshire Community College held a forum about sexual assault on college campuses this week. It featured a panel of speakers involved in the issue regionally.


The town of Bennington Vermont is planning a construction project that will connect some customers with wells contaminated by chemicals to town water.

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Vermont Legislature

Attorneys for a Vermont state senator facing his second sex crimes trial are seeking the welfare records of the alleged victim.

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Burlington School District

The Burlington teachers union is asking the school board to continue negotiating after the board adopted a one-year employment policy.


Two organizations involved in workforce development in western Massachusetts have formed a partnership.

Police body cameras

Several groups are pressing for the release of police body cam video from last week's fatal police shooting in Winooski, Vermont, saying transparency and public trust in law enforcement are at risk.

A rendering of Crane Currency Malta.
Crane Currency

Boston-based Crane Currency announced plans Wednesday to open a banknote printing and customer experience center in the southern European country of Malta.


Anxious to make the inaugural season of its new professional hockey team a success, the city of Springfield is removing a financial obstacle to attend the games.

The Masonic Temple on South St. is among the more than 25 buildings identified as endangered and of value to Pittsfield.
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The Pittsfield Historical Commission has identified more than 25 buildings with historic and community significance deemed to be endangered.

The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear an expedited appeal of a landmark court ruling declaring the state's education funding system unconstitutional.

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The Pittsfield Fire Department is warning area residents of a possible scam in which the caller states they are raising funds for the department because they are underfunded and need help from the community. The Fire Department and its affiliation with the International Association of Fire Firefighters Local 2647 are not seeking any donations at this time, according to a department release Wednesday. The Department says the calls appear to come from the same telephone number; 857-305-6580.

Springfield Museums

      Exhibits and educational programs from the Smithsonian Institution will be coming to western Massachusetts. 

Massachusetts State Police are investigating the alleged theft of evidence from the Lee Police Department.

Police say the owner of a dog that died after being left in a hot car in Colchester, Vermont will face charges.

Vermont is one of 37 states along with the District of Columbia that allows early voting.  The process will begin at the end of the week and election officials are urging voters to take advantage of it.  While one political party has questions about the distribution of the ballots, others say that’s just political gamesmanship.


A new initiative has been announced in western Massachusetts in an effort to reduce drug overdose deaths and the misuse of prescription medications.

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The Rutland Board of Aldermen has approved releasing a report by the city attorney that reviews whether the mayor acted within his powers under the city charter when he made plans to resettle Syrian refugees.

Maine regulators are considering a $500,000 fine for FairPoint for failing to meet service standards for landline customers during a period that included a four-month strike.

Kujtim Hashani talks about his experience in VSAC’s Talent Search program at an event at Burlington High School
Vermont Student Assistance Corp

The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. is getting a $2.8 million federal grant to encourage young Vermonters to seek higher education.

Statistics released by Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration show that Connecticut has decreased its number of prison inmates aged 18 to 21 years old by 54 percent over the last seven years.

A man charged in the fatal beating of another man inside an apartment at the Pittsfield Family YMCA Sunday has pleaded not guilty.

Brian Signor, 27 of Pittsfield, pleaded not guilty Monday to aggravated assault and battery, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office. Authorities say Signor assaulted 44-year-old Joseph Wirtes Sunday. Wirtes was taken to Berkshire Medical Center and was later pronounced dead. Signor may face further charges pending autopsy results. He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $50,000 cash bail.

Older workers and regional employment workers celebrate the proclamation at Pittsfield City Hall on Monday.
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Mayors in Pittsfield and North Adams this week are recognizing older workers and the organizations that help them find jobs.

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    Massachusetts will fund enhancements to a riverwalk project in Ludlow that is part of the largest brownfields mill redevelopment in New England. 

     The town of Ludlow has officially signed an agreement with the state to accept a $429,500 grant from the MassWorks program. It will be used for lighting, benches, signage explaining the history of the property, and other amenities along the 1.7-mile Ludlow Mills Riverwalk. 

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Williams College and its museum of art are studying climate change through a variety of ways this academic year. It comes after a call by alumni, students and staff for the college to fully divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies.

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       Two public forums are scheduled this week about an initiative to resettle refugees including some from Syria in Northampton, Massachusetts. 

       The meetings are being held tonight at the John F. Kennedy Middle School beginning at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center. 

       The public conversations are being sponsored by Catholic Charities of Springfield. The agency has contracted with the U.S. State Department to resettle 51 refugees. The first of the refugees could arrive as early as January.

Two public forums have been scheduled on the resettlement of refugees, possibly including some from war-torn Syria, in western Massachusetts.

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A construction status report from the developer of Hartford's Dunkin' Donuts Park has revealed several deficiencies with the yet-to-be-completed minor league baseball stadium.

More than five years after a tornado destroyed Cathedral High School in Springfield, a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Sunday to build a much smaller Catholic high school in its place.