New England News

DownStreet Art / Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

The 10th annual DownStreet Art project in North Adams, Massachusetts is in full swing. 

Chicopee Police Dept

   Police are looking for an armed and dangerous fugitive after a killing in western Massachusetts.

JD Allen / WAMC

With Massachusetts putting fresh focus on its life sciences initiative with grant funding, companies in the western end of the state hope to see some of it. 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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It was a busy spring in Vermont politics. Governor Phil Scott vetoed the state budget on June 6th because it did not include a plan to restructure teacher contract negotiations. He said the plan would save property taxpayers statewide $26 million.  State leaders had until July 1st to reach a compromise to avoid a state shutdown. A solution was reached before the legislature’s veto session on June 21st , and the governor signed the budget three days before deadline.  It includes no new taxes or fees.  In the first of a two-part interview, first-term Republican Governor Phil Scott says he and agency commissioners and department heads began working on the budget as soon as he was elected in November.

An Amtrak train arrives at the station in Hartford,Ct
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       A proposal to have the Massachusetts Department of Transportation do a feasibility study of Springfield-to-Boston high-speed passenger rail service is picking up steam.

A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that requires voters to register at least 20 days before an election.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, along with the national ACLU Voting Rights Project and a Boston law firm, filed the lawsuit in November.

Mosquito
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West Nile has been found in mosquitoes in Richmond, Massachusetts. 

Legislators will return to the Massachusetts State House after the holiday to try to pass a final state budget. 

Sugar Shack Alliance

Some of the 24 demonstrators arrested in Otis State Forest in May as they sought to halt Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut pipeline expansion are now facing fines. 

Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment circa 1898
United States Army photographer/Public Domain

Officials in Vermont have added a new historic marker that commemorates an African-American regiment of the U.S. Army with ties to the state.

Central Berkshire District Court First Justice William Rota has stepped down. 

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Vermont has launched a statewide alert system to warn residents of financial scams.

Sparkler
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A man igniting a sparkler in New Hampshire accidentally set fire to fireworks he had in his SUV, causing them to explode and sending him and his family scrambling for safety.

Adams, Massachusetts has allocated the rest of its funding for 2015 Community Development Projects. 

Flooded corn
Vermont Agency of Agriculture

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is urging the state's farmers to document any losses they might have suffered due to a string of heavy rains and flash floods.

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Lanesborough, Massachusetts will pay its police department bonuses to help staff the ambulance service.

Artist Stacey Healey paints a utility box on North Street in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has released what it calls a first-of-its-kind working paper on how to leverage funding to increase access to arts education in rural communities. 

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont’s Secretary of State is clarifying that he will not release private and sensitive voter information to President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission.

Springfield Public Schools

The food service program operated by the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts does not take the summer off.  More than 200,000 free meals will be served in Springfield this summer to school-age children.

Pamela Tatge
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

A summer dance destination for decades, Jacob’s Pillow has put together a new strategic plan in a bid to become a year-round center. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Pamela Tatge about her vision for the future.

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    In the latest round of grant awards, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has authorized spending almost $2 million from a fund established to help offset costs related to the construction of the state’s two large resort casinos.   The Wynn casino under construction outside Boston and the MGM casino that is being built in downtown Springfield are impacting traffic and parking.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will hold a town hall in Pittsfield this weekend. 

A poll found more than half of Massachusetts residents say they would pay an extra $10 a month on energy bills, if it led to a reduction in greenhouse gases.

Zach Malloy

The National Weather Service says heavy rain and thunderstorms could result in flash flooding across parts of northern New England.

Fourth of July weekend events in Springfield, Massachusetts include a free concert by the acclaimed U.S. Army Field Band.

Children at school on a computer
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Massachusetts wants Conte Community School in Pittsfield to improve its accountability data.

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Eversource is closer to putting a dollar amount on how much more customers would be charged if the electric utility’s proposed rate hikes are approved.

Clark Art Institute

The Clark Art Institute’s next exhibit features Helen Frankenthaler’s inventive approach to the woodcut and pioneering abstract art on nature. 

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More than a ton of prescription medications have been safely disposed of since a drug takeback program started in western Massachusetts ten months ago.

JD Allen / WAMC

The number of immigrants seeking help in Berkshire County has grown tenfold in 20 years – and there’s only one center dedicated to assisting them. The center is now expanding.  

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