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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. 

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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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A western Massachusetts hospital has locked out its nurses for three days. The lockout at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield began at 7 p.m. Sunday. It is scheduled to end 7 p.m. Wednesday.

    Massachusetts legislators hope to get a marijuana regulation bill to Governor Charlie Baker by the end of the month.

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New Hampshire tourism officials are anticipating 17 million visitors and $2.25 billion in visitor spending this summer, up 4 percent in both categories over last year.

Police and firefighters in Connecticut have recovered a body in the Long Island Sound.

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The major project to resurface the elevated 2-mile section of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield, Massachusetts is now in its second year.

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   The grand-opening celebrations are this weekend at Springfield’s restored Union Station, but the new transit center will only partially be operational.

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A Vermont legislative panel has deferred action on a proposal to create new sound standards for wind turbines.

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Officials from the U.S., Canada, New York, Vermont and Quebec were in Crown Point, New York this week to renew the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s management plan for the lake.

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National Endowment for the Arts Chairwoman Jane Chu toured the cultural district of downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts today to see and discuss how the city has grown its arts community. 

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Some 8,000 people are expected to make the pilgrimage to the three-day Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams this weekend — the first of the summer. 

Governor Phil Scott (left) and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger launch the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition
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Vermont environmental, municipal and state officials were at the ECHO Center for Lake Champlain this week to announce the launch of a new coalition to help bridge the environmental chasm caused when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.

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   A new era in transportation in western Massachusetts begins in a few days. After being closed for decades, Union Station in Springfield is reopening following a years-long $95 million dollar restoration and redevelopment. 

    James Sullivan, 96, remembers Union Station during its glory days.

    " I can remember coming down from Northampton on the old railroad,"  Sullivan recalled during a visit to Union Station earlier this year with veterans from the Holyoke Soldiers Home. 

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Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier will speak on Monday at The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires about helping people get involved in government. 

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he will appoint a commission to study the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

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Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders say the Republican Senate health care proposal is the "most harmful" piece of legislation he has ever seen.

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Legalized marijuana in Vermont will have to wait again. Among the vetoed legislation that the legislature reviewed during its special session on Wednesday was a bill to allow the use of marijuana by adults.  While the state Senate overturned the veto, the House refused to reverse the governor’s decision.

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The funeral for State Representative Gailanne Cariddi — who died of cancer over the weekend at 63 — was today in North Adams, Massachusetts. 

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A number of state-funded building renovations are planned this summer in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.

Following a federal appeals court ruling, the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is downplaying the threat of competition for the MGM casino under construction in his city.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will host a town hall in Pittsfield tonight. 

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Lawmakers headed back to Montpelier Wednesday as the Vermont Legislature met for a special veto session.  After a long day of twists and turns, the House and Senate eventually approved the 2018 state budget, which includes an adjusted teacher health care deal that the governor wanted included in the fiscal plan.

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Boston Conservatory at Berklee President Richard Ortner – who had a stint as Tanglewood’s administrator – will retire July 1st as the school turns 150 this year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Ortner about his career preparing musicians for the 21st century and what’s next for him in the Berkshires.

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Voters in Egremont and Monterey, Massachusetts will try again to approve an unchanged regional school budget. 

    Management at a western Massachusetts hospital is taking steps to try to block a one-day strike called by unionized nurses in a bitter contract dispute.

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    There are rumblings the Boston Red Sox’s top minor league team may soon be looking for a new home.   Could the team end up in Springfield?

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