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Water and sewer rates are going up in the greater Springfield, Massachusetts area.


A western Massachusetts hospital is taking part in a national study to help determine the best treatments for the youngest victims of the opioid addiction crisis.

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Dolly Parton, one of country music’s all-time superstars, is performing in Berkshire County today — kicking off the Tanglewood summer season. The area is known for its rural landscape and feel, typically a hotbed for country music. But, the region’s country scene is a mixed bag.


The public schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts are about to finish the first academic year under state control. 

More than a decade of abysmal test scores and low graduation rates led to the entire school system being put into state receivership. 

Stephen Zrike is the state-appointed receiver who has been running the Holyoke schools since last July.  He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Former First Lady Laura Bush

Former First Lady Laura Bush is scheduled to be in Stockbridge today to present an award at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

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Dolly Parton, one of country music’s all-time superstars, is kicking off the Tanglewood season with a concert Friday.

The body of a missing boater has been recovered from Lake Champlain following a boat collision in Vermont.

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Prosecutors dismissed two sexual assault charges on Thursday against a Vermont state senator based on new evidence they say they received Wednesday night.

SABIC's Brenda Petell announced the donation at the Berkshire Museum.
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A company that is slated to close its Pittsfield facilities is giving $90,000 worth of supplies to Berkshire County schools for math and science efforts.

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The Vermont Department of Agriculture has announced a series of public hearings on the final draft of new agricultural rules designed to protect water quality.

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After a couple of failed attempts, a developer is looking to bring a Walmart Supercenter to the former General Electric site in Pittsfield.


A nationwide initiative is taking place this month to gather and share inspirational stories of American immigrants.  As part of Immigrant Heritage Month, the stories of two immigrants in Holyoke, Massachusetts were recently recognized.

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The local health board in Springfield, Massachusetts has recommended that a proposed wood-burning power plant be subject to additional review.

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Vermont State Police have arrested a fugitive from Pennsylvania wanted on numerous charges including making terrorist threats.

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The Vermont Department of Agriculture has announced a series of public hearings on new agricultural rules.

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Vermont State Police

Lawyers for a Vermont state senator charged with sexually assaulting a woman who worked for him are trying to challenge her credibility.

Opponents voiced their disapproval of the companies' requests at a Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities hearing Tuesday in Pittsfield.
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While activists are still celebrating the suspension of one major natural gas pipeline, they are also battling to stop another one in the Northeast.

The name, logo, and ownership of the new professional hockey team in western Massachusetts were announced Wednesday.


Opponents of a proposed wood-burning power plant in Springfield, Massachusetts are trying to turn up the pressure on the city’s Public Health Council to hold a hearing on the project. Whatever the local health board decides to do it could trigger a lawsuit.

Olivier Meslay is expected to start as director of The Clark Art Institute August 22.
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The Clark Art Institute has selected Olivier Meslay of the Dallas Museum of Art as its next director. Meslay has been working in the art world for 35 years and replaces Michael Conforti who retired last summer after nearly two decades leading The Clark.

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Vermont produced a record amount of maple syrup this past year, thanks to an extended season with low temperatures and more people getting into the business or expanding their operations.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is declining to endorse presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.  He is planning a live video address to supporters Thursday evening.


A rainbow flag was raised in front of city hall in Springfield, Massachusetts today in an emotional ceremony to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

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A woman whose 6-year-old daughter was killed in the 2012 shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School is expressing her grief over the Orlando nightclub shooting that left 49 victims dead.

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Former Lee, Massachusetts Police Chief Joseph Buffis was taken into federal custody Tuesday to start a 27-month sentence for extortion.

     A review has found no fault with the Massachusetts State Court system’s handling of several criminal cases involving the man who allegedly shot and killed a police officer in Auburn last month.

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The state of Vermont has created a ‘Jobs for Youth’ initiative to help at risk youth find employment.

Vermont Defender General Matt Valerio says he's not too worried about an incident involving Vermont inmates at a private prison in Michigan.

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The Clark Art Institute has named a new director roughly a year after long-time leader Michael Conforti retired.

From left to right: U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, along with Rep. Elizabeth Esty address the shooting in Orlando.
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Political leaders in Massachusetts and Connecticut are reacting differently to this weekend’s shooting in Orlando, Florida.