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Starting next month the city of Pittsfield will begin installing parking meters in heavily-trafficked areas of downtown.

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One of the largest solar power projects in Massachusetts is under construction on the property of a former coal-burning power plant in Holyoke.

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Drought levels have eased slightly in portions of Massachusetts. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, parts of southeastern Massachusetts that had been in extreme drought are now considered to be in severe drought, one level lower but still quite serious.

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     A western Massachusetts community college will likely soon have the first woman as its president in the school’s 70-year history.

The entrance sign at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts
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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is internationally known for its summer performance season, but the organization is looking to expand its influence year-round.

The Pittsfield City Council has tabled a resolution to oppose a statewide ballot initiative that would raise Massachusetts’ cap on charter schools.

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The Pittsfield City Council has approved a $562,000 economic package to keep the city’s waste-to-energy facility open for four years.

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     In response to the opioid crisis, a national drugstore chain has installed permanent medication disposal receptacles in some of its pharmacies in Massachusetts.

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     The two suspects in a deadly home invasion in a rural Massachusetts town are expected to be arraigned in District Court Friday. 

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The Great Barrington Police Department has closed an investigation into an alleged racial incident at Monument Mountain Regional High School.

The department says two students got into an argument September 26th involving racist comments stemming from a varsity football player’s decision to kneel during the national anthem. Working with state and federal agencies, officers concluded the words did not amount to hate speech or a prosecutable offense.

Professional and amateur athletes have kneeled during the national anthem to protest police killings of African Americans.

Mark Tercek, The Nature Conservancy's President and CEO
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The president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy is set to speak at Williams College tonight as part of the school’s yearlong focus on climate change. Mark Tercek graduated from Williams in 1979 and began a five-year term on the school’s board of trustees in July. Tercek spent 24 years as a managing director and partner with the investment firm Goldman Sachs before joining The Nature Conservancy in 2008. Tercek spoke with WAMC about the ways the organization is combating climate change.

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The drought has prompted a municipal water system in the southern Vermont town of Dorset to shut off its water supply at night until further notice.

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The Swanton Select Board has authorized spending $10,000 to "vigorously oppose" the Swanton Wind Project.

Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump speaks with WAMC in 2014.
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Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump is planning to seek re-election in 2018. The Democrat made the announcement Tuesday to quell speculation she might leave her post to run the two businesses her husband Paul McDevitt owned and operated before his death from cancer last month.

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The General Assembly's fiscal office is predicting Connecticut could lose $68.3 million in revenue once MGM Resorts International's planned casino opens in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, in the fall of 2018.

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    Dozens of blighted buildings have been torn down in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts in the last 18 months since the city council approved a $2 million demolition bond.  The city’s efforts at neighborhood revitalization were highlighted at on e such demolition project today.

Lanterns released during Harwood Union High School vigil
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About 1,000 people gathered on Harwood Union High School’s soccer field Monday evening for a vigil to remember five students killed by a wrong way driver on Interstate 89 this past weekend. The governor of Vermont was one of mourners.

The man accused of driving the wrong way on a Vermont interstate, crashing into a car and killing five high school students is facing a domestic assault charge.

The boys and girls soccer teams from the Vermont high school that lost four of the five students killed when their car was hit by a wrong-way driver over the weekend decided to hold informal practices Monday.

In the wake of a crash on Interstate 89 in which a wrong-way driver killed five high school students this weekend, a debate between Vermont’s gubernatorial candidates has been canceled.  The candidates and the current governor will attend a vigil this evening.

Vermont State Police say five people have been killed after a wrong-way driver caused several crashes on Interstate 89 in Williston.

Connecticut's Old State House in Hartford
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Responsibility for the historic Old State House in downtown Hartford is returning to the General Assembly.

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This holiday weekend marks the 49th annual hike up Massachusetts’ highest peak known as the Greylock Ramble. But, this year’s event could be extra magical.

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The Connecticut Opioid Response Team and the state’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Council have supplied Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration with a plan to tackle Connecticut’s opioid crisis.

Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing
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Western Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing is endorsing his fellow Democrat who is running to replace him.

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A once badly contaminated former industrial site in Springfield, Massachusetts is going to be used to grow produce for local schools and hospitals.

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Pittsfield’s mayor has created a $562,000 economic package to keep the city’s waste to energy facility running for the next four years. City officials say closure would cost Pittsfield nearly $1 million a year.

Magic Fluke instruments come in various colors and designs.
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The ukulele might not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to instruments, but it has struck a chord with a western Massachusetts couple who have grown their business around it. And it’s no fluke.

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Connecticut’s U.S. senators are renewing their call for the creation of a federal green bank to grow clean energy and energy efficiency.

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Pittsfield’s state representative is calling on the state transportation department to lower proposed rate changes associated with an upcoming switch to all-electronic tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

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