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   A new leader has been announced for the largest fire department in western Massachusetts.


          The largest brownfields mill redevelopment in New England is said to be ahead of schedule. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker visited the project in Ludlow Thursday.

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150 acres of farmland, wildlife habitat and open space in Lenox, Massachusetts are being conserved. 

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The mayor of a New Hampshire city has proposed a new law that would require people suing the city to disclose how their lawsuits are financed.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he's opposed to the idea of having a receiver appointed to run the Vermont regional center that helps foreign investors get U.S. residency in exchange for investments in job-creating economic development projects.

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Halloween is Tuesday, and for many communities the ghoulish holiday has a tradition of costume parades, hayrides, corn mazes and trick-or-treating. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Matt Greene about the premiere screening of a short film he directed based on a haunted house from his childhood in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


  A new leader has been named for the largest fire department in western Massachusetts.

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Nearby residents and members of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based Berkshire Museum are suing in hopes of halting a controversial art sale. 

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A political upstart and a career politician are trading jabs ahead of the special election for the northern Berkshire County state House seat. 

Thomas Lauzon, who has been the mayor of Barre, Vermont for over a decade, says he's fairly certain that he will not run for re-election in March.

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An environmental advocacy group is accusing the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources of allowing more pollution into Lake Champlain in a lawsuit.

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An annual event that aims to help low-income Vermont residents with fuel assistance through donated tire sales will take place this week.

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The sides are still at odds after a high-profile one-day nurses’ strike and a resulting lockout at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts earlier this month. Unionized nurses rallied Tuesday night outside the hospital, looking to build support before upcoming contract negotiations. 

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The Burlington School District’s High School ReEnvisioning Committee held its first Community Input Meeting Tuesday evening. Officials are looking for the public’s input on whether to build a new high school or renovate the existing facility.

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The Berkshire County state legislative delegation is calling for a proposed east-west rail study to be expanded to Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott joined education and business leaders Tuesday at PC Construction in South Burlington to launch 70-by-2025-Vermont.  The goal of the initiative is to get 70 percent of Vermonters advanced training or education credentials by 2025.

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According to a new report, economic leaders predict Berkshire County’s already decreasing population will lose 12,000 more people if employers don’t attract a strong, young workforce. 


The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is delaying the Sotheby’s sale of some of its artwork. 

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Amid a controversial plan to sell off art to fund renovations and an endowment, the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts will be under temporary leadership. 

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Three “Last Mile” towns in Western Massachusetts are one step closer to reliable broadband internet. 

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Community forums are being held in Burlington over the next two weeks to discuss the future of the high school campus.

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A Vermont college has broken ground on a large woodchip boiler plant that is expected to cut the school's energy costs in half and transition it away from oil-burning furnaces.

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A retired Vermont Attorney general testified in a public records case Monday.  But the attorney for a group seeking access to public records that could be contained in the private email account of former Attorney General William Sorrell says Sorrell refused to answer 95 percent of the questions posed to him.


With ongoing efforts by the Trump administration to undermine the Affordable Care Act, the Massachusetts Health Connector has launched a campaign to promote the upcoming three-month open enrollment period.


The $95 million restoration of Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts has won an award for historic preservation.

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Vermonters who want to sign up for a health insurance plan for next year through the state's online exchange or existing subscribers who want to change to a different plan can do so starting next month.

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A settlement has been reached in Berkshire Superior Court that will allow for the development of a residential recovery center for women with eating disorders in Lenox, Massachusetts. 

A public hearing is scheduled Tuesday at the Massachusetts State House on a bill to authorize a feasibility study of building a high-speed rail line between Springfield and Boston.

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The Vermont Supreme Court says the state's public records law can extend to the private email accounts of state employees if those messages otherwise meet the state's definition of a public record.

     Plans to redevelop the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts have received a financial boost.