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One clear priority for Gov. Charlie Baker in the final month of the two-year session of the Massachusetts legislature is a bill that revises or repeals hundreds of state regulations that impact how cities and towns operate.

This year more than 2000 AmeriCorps volunteers are serving in 450 locations across Vermont. During a conference call this week, Vermont’s Congressional delegation announced that the state will receive $2.1 million dollars in AmeriCorps funding.

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On Tuesday we learned that the Berkshires are now a part of the fictional world of Harry Potter. So why did author J.K. Rowling pick this region and what might it mean?

Vermont financial regulators say they have reached a nearly $6 million settlement with a financial firm related to a fraud investigation of real estate developments at two northern Vermont ski resorts.

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Berkshire Bank is acquiring New Jersey-based First Choice Bank as part of a roughly $112 million transaction.

A courtroom drawing of Alexander Ciccolo, his attorney David Hoose and U.S. Magistrate Katherine Robertson from July 2015.
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The Adams, Massachusetts man arrested in what authorities say was a plot to carry out a terrorist attack has been charged with attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization.


Officials have had no luck tracking down antique wooden benches missing from Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts. So, now vocational school students may be enlisted to construct replicas to be included in the massive renovation of the historic transportation building.

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Humans of the Berkshires

A social media effort to showcase the stories and successes of young people has taken root in the Berkshires.

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A worker died early Thursday morning at a construction site on the University of Vermont campus.

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Being in a hospital intensive care unit is unsettling to say the least. Commotion, alarms and PA systems are part of the chaos. So the sounds of a guitar would seem out of place…but are they? WAMC reports on a musician and a doctor who think just the opposite.

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The developer proposing to site a Walmart Supercenter at Pittsfield’s former General Electric facility held a community meeting on its plans Tuesday. Those attending shared a range of opinions.

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If cataloguing and scanning the 40 or so books and roughly 100 poems penned by famed writer Edith Wharton doesn’t seem tedious enough, how about flipping through the pages of her personal library? The total there — about 2,700 works. WAMC got a first-hand look at the effort to digitize Wharton’s collection.


Officials have announced a delay in the completion of a major transportation project in western Massachusetts.  But, it is seen as only a minor bump in what has been a decades-long, multi-million- dollar effort to transform Springfield’s derelict Union Station into a modern transportation hub.

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The North Adams City Council has backed a petition calling on Berkshire Health Systems to open an inpatient opioid detoxification center in the region.

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The Pittsfield City Council on Tuesday approved a $151 million operating budget, the first drafted by Mayor Linda Tyer.


Officials have announced a delay in the completion of a major transportation project in western Massachusetts.

The budget outlook in Massachusetts is growing darker. Economic uncertainty, including the recent vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union is having a ripple effect on Beacon Hill.

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The Berkshires are now a part of the fictional world of Harry Potter thanks to author J.K. Rowling.The well-known author of the wizarding world on Tuesday released the second story in a series titled Magic in North America with a video on

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Hartford's annual July 4 festival and fireworks show have been canceled because the city and neighboring East Hartford cannot afford it.

A Massachusetts State Trooper, who was wounded in a shootout with a man wanted for killing a local police officer last month, says he is healing and anxious to return to work.  The trooper was identified publicly for the first time Monday and talked about the SWAT team raid during which he was shot. 

The former North Adams Regional Hospital is now known as the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center.
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North Adams city councilors will consider a resolution tonight calling on Berkshire Health Systems to provide in-patient opioid detox beds in the region.

The Massachusetts State Trooper, who was wounded during the shootout last month with a man who had allegedly killed Auburn Police Officer Ron Tarentino earlier in the day, says he is looking forward to going back to work.


MGM Resorts International has suffered a setback in a bid to block development of a casino in Connecticut that would be a direct competitor to the $950 million casino the Las Vegas-based company is building in Springfield, Massachusetts.

City and state officials cut the ribbon on Pittsfield's Woodlawn Avenue Bridge Monday.
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State and city officials celebrated the opening of a bridge connecting major routes into Pittsfield on Monday. The new Woodlawn Avenue Bridge cuts across the city’s former General Electric site, connecting East Street and Tyler Street.

A sign outside the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The development company looking to bring a Walmart Supercenter to Pittsfield’s former General Electric site is hosting a community meeting on their proposal Tuesday.


The food service program operated by the public school system in Springfield, Massachusetts, which has been lauded for its high participation rates, does not take the summer off.  A free summer meals program for school-age children began today.

The Springfield Public Schools’ summer food service program operates at more than 2 dozen locations including schools, parks, and public housing complexes.  Most locations serve both breakfast and lunch.

Because of Springfield’s high poverty rate, all of the city’s roughly 30,000 school-age children are eligible for free meals.


A free summer meals program for school-aged children begins Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Racks of Revision’s helmets fresh out of the paint booth and ready for assembly at the Newport,Vermont facility.
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A Vermont manufacturer of military and police protective gear produced the bullet-resistant helmet credited with saving an officer's life during the deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month.

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After more than a year of negotiations between the top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. Senate Agriculture committee, a bill has been introduced that would preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling law days before it goes into effect.


A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by casino developer MGM that challenged a Connecticut law that lays the groundwork for a possible casino along the Massachusetts border.