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               The Eastern States Exposition, known as the Big E, opened its gates to the public in West Springfield today as the annual fair observes its 100th anniversary.

MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin speaking in Lenox Sept. 15.
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Thursday held its final public hearing before a vote on adjusted turnpike rates associated with a switch to all electronic tolling.


The largest agricultural fair in the Northeast, the Big E, opens its gates in West Springfield to the public Friday and kicks off an observance of its 100th anniversary.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he's cautiously optimistic that in several weeks the state will have an agreement with the federal government for an "all-payer waiver" to change how health care providers are paid.

One of the 3D printers at Taconic High School.
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Berkshire Community College and area business leaders showed off cutting-edge technology on Thursday that they believe will grow the region’s innovation and manufacturing sectors.


The Five College Consortium is building a new library annex in western Massachusetts.

Moose on highway
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is warning drivers to be alert for moose crossing the state’s roads. 

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Burlington School District

The Burlington School District says it's working on a plan to improve the racial climate among staff after the director and two other employees of the diversity office complained of discrimination.

Burlington Police car
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Some police in Vermont are receiving training on how to de-escalate encounters with people who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

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Connecticut authorities say 11 Hartford police officers got sick when they were exposed to heroin and fentanyl during a drug bust.

Jennifer Trainer Thompson was announced as the next CEO of Hancock Shaker Village Wednesday.
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The new leader of Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield is someone who has been involved in the region’s cultural realm for quite some time.


  A woman who dedicated the majority of her adult life to public service in a western Massachusetts city was honored at a ceremony today. 

The renovated Hawthorne Hall at Berkshire Community College is open for classes.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The fall semesters for most colleges and universities are just under way and in Pittsfield, the area’s community college is undergoing major changes.

People in western Massachusetts get a chance this week to voice their opinion on the proposed fare structure when all-electronic tolling begins on the turnpike next month.

A geologist in Vermont is gathering data to help build a 3-D map of the ground underneath Bennington to try to understand how the potentially cancer causing chemical PFOA may be moving through groundwater.

Leanne Werner
St. Albans Police Department

A former Burlington police officer accused of causing a fatal car wreck last year while off-duty has pleaded guilty to gross negligent driving with death resulting and gross negligent operation with serious injury resulting.

Ballot booth
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A federal appeals court in Boston has heard arguments in a challenge to a New Hampshire law that bans voters from posting photos of their completed election ballots.

Governor Peter Shumlin
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will be in the nation's capital Wednesday to seek an "all-payer waiver" from the federal government.

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State auditors say the University of Connecticut has been misusing state money that was earmarked for maintenance, diverting it instead to renovation and construction projects.

The Pittsfield Police station
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Pittsfield Police are looking for a man believed to have robbed the Credit Union of the Berkshires Tuesday. According to a department press release, witnesses reported that a man entered the Williams Street building around 12:30 p.m., brandished a weapon, demanded cash and made off with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a white male in his early forties with scruffy facial hair and dark curly hair. He is approximately 5’10” or 5’11” tall, 170 pounds and stocky.

Railroad cars equipped with bars for serving alcohol are returning to commuter trains between New York City and Connecticut, restoring a tradition dating back 50 years.


  Hospital emergency rooms are on the front lines in saving lives during the opioid crisis. Now some ERs in western Massachusetts will be getting an additional resource.

A massive painting showing 350 years of Vermont history has been donated to the Vermont Historical Society, where it will be preserved and protected.

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A New Hampshire family has claimed a $487 million Powerball jackpot weeks after the winning ticket was announced.

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Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce

A Vermont town had hoped to bring home Kevin Bacon for its third annual Baconfest, but the actor said Monday he can't make it.

One of three Berkshire Regional Transit Authority hybrid buses run on either diesel and electric or gasoline and electric.
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As part of a countywide clean air challenge, Berkshire Community College and the regional transit authority are highlighting bus use between the school and downtown Pittsfield.

Massachusetts State Senator Thomas McGee

Massachusetts Democrats will be picking a new leader this fall. State Sen. Thomas McGee says he will not seek re-election as chairman of the state's Democratic party after serving in the post for three years.


       After a relatively peaceful summer, the city of Springfield, Massachusetts has been jolted by a rash of shootings.

Allyn Burrows
Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare and Company in Lenox named a new artistic director last week after a period of leadership change. Allyn Burrows was with the company from 1989 to 2006 as an actor and board member. Since 2010 he’s been Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston. In September 2014, Rick Dildine started as executive director with Shakespeare and Company; two months later, a founding member left the organization. Dildine abruptly departed in March 2015 and days later three board members resigned. Burrows spoke with WAMC News about why he rejoined Shakespeare and Company.

A political advocacy group has registered in Massachusetts to campaign for passage of a property tax increase in Springfield to fund historic preservation and parks and playground projects.