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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.

  The new year brings the resumption of formal sessions on Beacon Hill for the Massachusetts House and Senate.  There is plenty of unfinished business, both politically and legislatively, as the second year of the two-year session begins.

A North Adams man has been accused of murdering his wife.

Officials are planning on turning a former manufacturing facility for a Vermont-based ointment company into a co-working space for startup businesses.

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North Adams, Massachusetts is putting together a working group to study retail pot. 

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This spring is the last chance to see the original Four Freedoms at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts – at least for a couple of years. Saturday marks the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s speech, which inspired Rockwell’s works. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffatt about the historic works’ upcoming tour.

Flu Cases Are Spiking In Massachusetts

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The number of Massachusetts residents with the flu has increased 44 percent since the end of December, according to the state Department of Public Health. 

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Scientists hired by a company that reached a $20 million settlement over the contamination of private wells in Vermont say there isn't enough evidence to link the company to contamination in another part of town.

Officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are considering reinstating a moratorium on retail marijuana stores.

A Pittsfield, Massachusetts man is facing charges for allegedly harassing an assistant Berkshire district attorney. 

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Massachusetts Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren are calling for federal regulators to act on the discharge of hazardous wastewater from a Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline test in Agawam. 

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A Lee, Massachusetts mill complex is one step closer to being redeveloped into affordable housing and retail space. 

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    A cold weather response plan that seeks to get the homeless off the streets and into shelter has been extended through this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.  A program to help end homelessness launched by city officials a decade ago means fewer and fewer people are in danger.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his second State of the State Thursday. The Republican is calling for continued fiscal restraint.  Senate Majority Leader Becca Balint, a Democrat, was in the chamber in Montpelier. She says there are some areas where they agree, but she questions if the governor’s fiscal austerity policy is viable over the long-term.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his second State of the State address to a joint session of the Vermont House and Senate this afternoon.  He renewed his call to keep the state affordable but tasked legislators to do that without raising taxes or fees.

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Savoy, Massachusetts has rescinded a decade-old wind power bylaw that allows for commercial wind power generation.

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State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier has endorsed fellow Democrat Jay Gonzalez for Massachusetts governor. 

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey expects to complete her investigation into the Berkshire Museum by the end of January.

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A winter snowstorm has engulfed much of the Northeast, and frigid temperatures are expected to follow this weekend. 

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The corporate rate under the new federal tax law will save Eversource’s western Massachusetts subsidiary millions of dollars. What does it mean for local ratepayers?

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Connecticut is allocating $15 million to transit projects across the state. 

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State funds will be allocated to replace a dilapidated bridge in Cheshire, Massachusetts. 

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A doctor has found a man accused of killing his wife with a cleaver and critically injuring his mother-in-law competent to stand trial.

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Vermont lawmakers are back at the Statehouse in Montpelier for the 2018 legislative session.

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