New England News

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With concern heightened around Vermont over the issue of heavy rains contributing to sewage overflows, a legislative committee is set to consider new rules dealing with that issue.

Vermont's 11 community health centers are receiving nearly $841,000 in federal grants.

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A federal trial has been scheduled for two New York men accused of operating a large-scale drug organization in Vermont and Maine.

State health officials in Vermont are increasing access to a drug that treats opioid overdoses.

The Vermont Attorney General's office says four women have been convicted for their roles in a Medicaid fraud case that cost the state Medicaid program more than $100,000 over a five-year period.

Sixteen of the 17 married couples.
Hilary Scott

Musical and marital harmony are combining at Tanglewood this weekend.

A map of the the one-mile radius around Garland Avenue designated for truck-mounting spraying on Tuesday, August 23 at 10 p.m.
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The state of Massachusetts has detected West Nile Virus in mosquitoes in Pittsfield. Action is being taken to limit the potential for human infection.

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An annual event that brings together cyclists and pilots in Great Barrington is being held Saturday.

A postcard of the 1930s replica of Fort Massachusetts.
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Area historians are gathering in North Adams tomorrow to commemorate the siege of a forgotten fort in hopes of preserving the outpost’s history.

A man facing a second federal death penalty trial for the 2000 abduction and murder of a supermarket worker is seeking to exclude evidence used in his first trial.

Barre District Courthouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Police say a Vermont inmate who hatched a plot to kill Justin Bieber was behind an anthrax scare at the courthouse where he was sentenced for killing a 15-year-old girl.

The U.S. Drought Monitor's Northeast map for August 16, 2016
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The drought affecting the Northeast United States is getting worse in some areas.

This is a picture of a tax return
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Two United States senators from opposite sides of the country are calling on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to release his tax returns. The staunch Democrats are also pushing legislation that would require it.

FLEXN is at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts through August 20.
Photo: Stephanie Berger/Facebook: Jacob's Pillow Dance

Two Berkshire County cultural institutions are bringing the tough topic of race to their stages and exploring the role art can have in social issues.

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The state is giving UMass Amherst $5 million to establish a public-private data science and cybersecurity research collaborative.

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill
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Federal officials including those from the Department of Homeland Security recently held a discussion with state leaders from across the country to offer support in protecting election systems from cyberattacks and hacks. Connecticut’s Denise Merrill is the president of the National Association of Secretaries of State. The Democrat tells WAMC it would be extremely difficult and highly improbable to hack Connecticut’s election systems given the established security measures. Merrill also discussed how the state's election systems worked during August's primary elections and the state's new registrar certification program.

Glen Wiley received a liver transplant in 2015.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Representatives from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and the regional organ bank were in North Adams Tuesday to celebrate the RMV’s role in signing up donors.

farm tractor in field
WAMC/Pat Bradley

A Vermont dairy farm is taking a novel approach to reducing polluted runoff into Lake Champlain by spinning its manure in a centrifuge to remove some of the phosphorus.

Sign on Notch road
Vermont State Police

A Massachusetts trucker who blocked traffic for more than an hour has been fined $2,000 by Vermont State Police for ignoring numerous signs that prohibit large trucks on the road up Mount Mansfield through Smugglers Notch.

Battle of Bennington,  engraving after a painting by Alonzo Chappel
New York Public Library/Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons

Today is a state holiday in Vermont.  August 16th marks Bennington Battle Day, a Revolutionary War clash that was actually fought in nearby New York.

A rendering of the affordable housing project at 100 Bridge St. Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire

A Great Barrington town board has approved a controversial affordable housing proposal on a brownfield site.

The family of a federal firefighter from Vermont who was killed while battling a wildfire near the Nevada-Utah line says he had a passion for people and the outdoors, and had hoped to become a paramedic.

Picture of Heroin
Adobe Stock

The Vermont Health Department is warning street drug users that an especially deadly strain of heroin is circulating in several parts of the state, including central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom.

Bennington Battle Monument
Doug Kerr/Flickr

Vermont's annual Bennington Battle Day state holiday is Tuesday and will be followed by a birthday celebration for the monument that marks that piece of history.

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is expected to vote Monday on a development agreement for the first medical marijuana dispensary in the city.

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Developers say construction on a wind turbine project in the Green Mountain National Forest will begin within the next few months after state regulators approved an agreement that aims to protect nearby bear habitat.

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A hiker was pronounced dead after an 8-hour rescue operation and 4-hour recovery search on Monument Mountain in Great Barrington.

Donald Trump
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is bringing his campaign to Connecticut once again. Saturday's planned 7:30 p.m. rally at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield marks the first time the businessman has campaigned in the state since becoming the GOP's nominee.

Rendering of redeveloped One Burlington Square
Burlington Mayor's office

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced Friday that an older building in the downtown will be redeveloped to provide for better and greener office space.

Democratic candidates (from left to right) Rinaldo Del Gallo, Adam Hinds and Andrea Harrington debate at Berkshire Community College.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The three Democratic candidates running for an open western Massachusetts state senate seat met for their second debate in less than a week Thursday.

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