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View of Lake Champlain from Plattsburgh southeast towards Vermont
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A report issued this month assesses the changing salinity of freshwater lakes.  It finds increased sodium chloride in the North American lakes studied, most likely caused by using salt to de-ice roadways.

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As Berkshire County public schools finalize their budgets for next year, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees is explaining why some schools are struggling due to a lack of state aid. The Pittsfield School Committee is scheduled to adopt its budget tonight.

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    Activists called today for workers to strike and businesses to shut down in western Massachusetts on May 1st, as part of what is expected to be a nationwide protest.

Activists are hoping to build grassroots support for the Massachusetts legislature to approve some form of a carbon tax to combat global warming. 

Nine western Massachusetts municipalities this spring are scheduled to vote on non-binding carbon pricing resolutions.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Richard Pree , who is a local leader of the national Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

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NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks will deliver the 21st annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture tonight at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Brooks says he wants to encourage millennials to transform their activism into scholarship, like Du Bois did 150 years ago. 

       A delegation of business people from western Massachusetts is at the Statehouse today for a series of meetings with key state legislators and members of the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker.

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The Vermont Senate has voted down a proposal to raise the smoking age in the state to 21.

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Vermont's Republican Governor Phil Scott is proposing that Vermont's teachers negotiate their health benefits directly with the state, instead of their local school boards.

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United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County has been awarded an Assistive Technology Regional Center contract through 2027. 

Little Brown Bat with White Nose Syndrome in Greeley Mine, VT
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The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help monitor colonies of little brown bats this summer.

Dr. Robert Larner
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The man for whom the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine is named has died at age 99 in California.  Officials at the UVM Larner College of Medicine are remembering Dr. Robert Larner as a humble and generous benefactor who wanted students to benefit from his philanthropy.

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus in North Adams.
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Four educational leaders in Berkshire County have secured a $46,000 Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership grant from the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

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       The Baker administration Tuesday announced that Massachusetts has received a federal grant totaling almost $12 million to bolster its public health response to the opioid epidemic.

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With new leadership, a southern Berkshire County nonprofit is moving forward on affordable housing efforts in Great Barrington. 

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     A program to restore the older housing stock in western Massachusetts through a series of neighborhood rebuilding projects is marking its 25th year this month.

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Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat from Massachusetts’ 1st House District, has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revoke its authorization for Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion Project in Western Massachusetts. 

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The Lenox, Massachusetts Planning Board will hear community concerns Tuesday about adding the town’s first bylaw amendment on medical marijuana dispensaries. 

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A biology professor at Williams College has been awarded a $586,000, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. 

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Western Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds will travel to Washington D.C. to call for funds for the arts and community development.

Bishop Christopher Coyne
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The leader of Vermont's Roman Catholic church is planning to convene the first synod to be held in the state in more than half a century to seek ways to get more Catholics involved with their church.

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A former Vermont assistant judge has been banned from holding a judicial office for life by Vermont's Judicial Conduct Board.

The $4.5 million project funded by MassDOT allows CSX Railroad to transport double-stack containers between Selkirk, NY and Worcester.
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As summer tourism season approaches, Western Massachusetts’ population will balloon with visitors from New York City. And that has some people in the Berkshires thinking about a better way to make the trip. 

Energy company Kinder Morgan plans to start cutting down trees in Western Massachusetts this week prepare for the controversial Connecticut Expansion Project. U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revoke its authorization for the pipeline.

  The Massachusetts House is scheduled to begin debate on the state budget today with more than 1,200 amendments to consider.  Despite the large number of amendments, the House leadership intends to keep the process on track to produce a final state budget by an end of June deadline. 

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About a decade ago, Medicare issued new regulations giving seniors and their families a process to appeal pending hospital discharges and to make complaints about the quality of care. 

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Vermont state police are warning residents of a computer virus scam that drains the bank accounts of victims.

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Popular ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft are opposing a Vermont bill that would require the companies to greatly increase their insurance coverage for personal injuries when drivers are between rides.

House lawmakers on Beacon Hill hold discussions in the coming week on a proposed state budget totaling more than $40 billion.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman
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This past week, Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott celebrated his 100th day in office and outlined his accomplishments so far.  Vermonters elect the governor and lieutenant governor separately. David Zuckerman is a Progressive/Democrat in his first term as Lieutenant Governor.  During a break in Senate sessions, he told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that during his first 100 days he’s worked to get more people, especially youth, involved in the political process.

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Vermont health care regulators say two of the state's hospitals must use $11.6 million in surplus revenue from last year to reduce commercial insurance rates.

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