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Stockbridge, Massachusetts residents are considering a temporary ban on retail marijuana shops. 

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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he plans to sign a bill that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but he hasn't decided yet if he will do it publicly.

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A capital bond bill is making its way through the Massachusetts legislature. It includes $4 million to redesign Pittsfield’s police station.

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who is being investigated for sexual misconduct.

The news of their separation was first reported by the Boston Globe in a story about Rosenberg’s possible return to the Senate presidency following the scandal.

 The Amherst Democrat stepped aside from the leadership position after the Globe reported four men had accused Hefner of sexual misbehavior and said he had bragged of having influence over Senate business.

Funeral For Pittsfield Police Officer Friday

Jan 11, 2018
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The funeral for a Pittsfield, Massachusetts police officer is Friday. Local authorities are planning to give him a proper sendoff.

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An unusual program at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield hopes to document the stories of immigrants coming to western Massachusetts. 

Berkshire Mall Loses American Eagle

Jan 10, 2018
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The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts is losing another store. 

North Adams Planners Approve Dog Museum

Jan 10, 2018
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North Adams, Massachusetts planners have approved an art museum devoted to man’s best friend. 

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The Vermont Senate approved the legalization of small amounts of marijuana today and sent the measure to the governor for his signature.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts has approved tax incentives for a redevelopment project at a shuttered church property. 

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A murder in North Adams, Massachusetts last week was the first reported homicide of a transgender person in the country in 2018. 

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts planners want public input on a proposed 320-acre luxury resort redevelopment project that would require zoning bylaw changes. Neighbors say the plan will hurt the rural town’s quality of life.

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Vermont environmental officials are reviewing a draft report submitted by company Saint-Gobain into soil and groundwater pollution found in Bennington. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended a meeting Tuesday night where officials provided details on next steps.

     The Springfield Central Cultural District has received a $25,000 grant to help grow the creative economy in the Massachusetts city. 

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The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee in western Massachusetts has ended its investigation into several sexual abuse claims dating back 40 years. 

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Supporters of a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana held a press conference in the Vermont Statehouse this afternoon as the bill awaits debate in the state Senate.

A new training program for the hospitality industry launched in Massachusetts today as thousands of jobs will soon open at the MGM casino.

BMC Nurses Consider A Second One-Day Strike

Jan 9, 2018
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Amid contract negotiations set for today, unionized nurses are considering a second one-day strike at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer delivered her second State of the City address Monday night. 

   The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts Monday offered no assurances that he will take a hands-off approach to legalized pot.

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The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will take its draft regulations for how municipalities should handle the legal marijuana industry on the road. The commission is seeking public input from the Cape to the Berkshires.

Vermont residents who don't identify as male or female may soon be able to choose another gender on their licenses.

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A former Burlington College trustee says she testified about the fundraising deal that was undertaken while U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' wife was president of the now-defunct Vermont school.

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Unionized nurses are renewing calls for patient care improvements at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts as a contract standoff continues into its 16th month. 

The U.S. Forest Service has given its final approval to allowing a controversial power transmission project to pass through parts of the White Mountain National Forest.

Vermont State Police are investigating the death of a man discovered Sunday as a homicide.

      The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts Monday offered no assurances that he will take a hands-off approach to legalized pot.

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Vermont environmental officials will hold meetings Tuesday to provide the latest information to Bennington-area residents about the PFOA contamination of local water supplies and the ongoing response. 

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A North Adams, Massachusetts man was arraigned Monday on a murder charge. 

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Two candidates made campaign stops in Berkshire County Friday at a planning session for the region's Republican Party.

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