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Williams College President Adam Falk is leaving at the end of the year. Falk is the 17th president in the private Williamstown college’s history. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen asked Falk about what he will do come January.

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

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Friday marks the town of Lenox, Massachusetts’s 250th anniversary  – more on Lenox Day.

Jacob's Pillow is celebrating its 85th anniversary, but its new leader has been trying to change things up this year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Pamela Tatge about what’s going on this summer at the center for dance in Becket, Massachusetts. 

The glass-like surface of Stockbridge Bowl.
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The plan to dredge and remove an invasive weed from the Stockbridge Bowl in Massachusetts is back on track. 

An American Legion post in Pittsfield has been cited for illegal gambling. 

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A ski industry group is warning ski areas around New Hampshire to keep an eye on their copper.

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A Vermont state representative will resign from the legislature, citing business and family reasons.

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Ali Dieng, a native of West Africa, has won a seat on Burlington's City Council.

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Vermont’s governor signed a new state budget three days before the start of the next fiscal year.

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A plan announced two years ago to give every Vermont baby at least $250 in a college savings account has stalled.

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The North Adams City Council has approved more than a quarter million dollars in free cash transfers. 

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A special election to fill the 1st Berkshire District seat in the Massachusetts House has been set for November 7th. 

The mayor of Springfield has joined calls for a feasibility study of high-speed east-west rail in Massachusetts.

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   The Massachusetts State Senate is expected to vote Thursday on bill mandating protections for pregnant workers.

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    Thousands of young people in more than 30 low-income communities in Massachusetts will be working this summer thanks to a state-funded jobs program.

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Winter is a distant memory now that the summer tourist season is in full swing, but Pittsfield still has a $1.3 million snow and ice removal deficit to take care of. 

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After six months of negotiations, Eversource has backed out of a plan to build a solar array in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. 

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a senior radiation protection technician at the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant deliberately falsified safety records for eight months last year.

Officials say customers of telephone and broadband services provider FairPoint Communications won't initially notice much difference after it merges with an Illinois-based telecommunications provider.

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Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation Tuesday allowing Connecticut’s two federally-recognized Native American tribes to run a casino in East Windsor. 

  The Baker administration announced a first round of funding awards Tuesday under a new $15 million program to help municipalities attract shovel-ready development projects.

The Baker Administration has analyzed how the health care bill being weighed by Republicans in the U.S. Senate would impact Massachusetts.

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Dalton has become the latest Western Massachusetts community to approve a ban on plastic bags. 

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    After two decades as president of the teachers union in the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts, Tim Collins is formally retiring at the end of the month.  

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Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts’ Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education has died. The Boston Globe reports Chester, who had been battling cancer, died Monday night.

Vermont Public Service Board members from left: Margaret Cheney, Chair Anthony Roisman, Sarah Hofmann
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The Vermont Public Service Board is changing its name to the Vermont Public Utility Commission.

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In the absence of a complete spending plan, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is calling on state lawmakers to pass what the Democrat is calling a mini-budget. 

The PVTA is using 17 bus bays at Union Station for 19 routes. There area real-time arrival and departure signs at each of the bus berths.
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The newest transportation hub in western Massachusetts is drawing rave reviews from people using it for the first time today.  Springfield’s Union Station reopened after 44 years following a $95 million restoration. 

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition announced its direction for the next fiscal year at its annual meeting Friday in Williamstown. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Amber Besaw about what the region needs right now – especially in terms of leadership after North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright announced he will not seek a fifth term and the death of State Representative Gailanne Cariddi.

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