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The Georgia Mountain wind farm project in the Vermont towns of Georgia and Milton has a new owner.

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Connecticut's Department of Labor is warning there may be delays in processing new unemployment claims. 

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Massachusetts campaign finance officials are requiring a group that was funneling large donations to two 2016 ballot questions to disclose the identities of their donors.

Burlington City Hall
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During a recent meeting, the Burlington City Council debated whether a ballot question to approve a unified Regional Dispatch Center should be put before voters on Town Meeting Day.

Jenny Hansell
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An environmental conservation and outdoor recreation organization in the Berkshires has a new president—just its third in its 50-year history. Jenny Hansell succeeds Tad Ames as president of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council

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Alex Morse will be inaugurated Tuesday for a new term as mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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Connecticut lawmakers are planning to return to Hartford the first week of January to restore funding to a program that helps tens of thousands of senior citizens cover Medicare-related expenses.

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New Year’s Day begins a new legislative year in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

BCC Slates Turf Field Groundbreaking In May

Dec 31, 2017
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The groundbreaking for an artificial turf field at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is set for May, but a funding gap could change those plans. 

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An airport commissioner in North Adams, Massachusetts was fired Thursday amid an ongoing police investigation.

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First Night Northampton is returning on Sunday for the 33rd year. 

Clarksburg Approves Pot, Solar Zoning Bylaws

Dec 30, 2017
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Residents in Clarksburg, Massachusetts have approved new zoning bylaws for marijuana and large-scale solar projects. 

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Broadband providers have until Sunday to respond to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute about proposals to connect the remaining Last Mile towns in the western end of the state with high-speed internet. 

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Everything is coming up roses for the UMass Amherst Minuteman Marching Band.

Tom Bernard Becomes North Adams Mayor Monday

Dec 29, 2017
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With the new year comes a new era in Berkshire County politics. North Adams will swear-in just its third mayor in the past 34 years. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Mayor-elect Tom Bernard at City Hall Thursday to discuss the first order of business in Massachusetts’ smallest city.

Mount Washington
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Weather observers atop the Northeast's highest peak say the temperature hit minus 34 degrees Thursday a record for the day.

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Vermont lawmakers say they may require all residents to have health insurance if the elimination of the individual mandate causes a significant number of people to drop their coverage.

A Vermont Department for Children and Families official says there's concern there won't be enough motel rooms available for the homeless during the current cold snap.

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The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee in Western Massachusetts has started the search for its third superintendent in five years. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with District Superintendent Robert Putnam, who is retiring at the end of the school year. 

    A major highway construction project in western Massachusetts has finished 8 months ahead of schedule.

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Town lawmakers in Stockbridge, Massachusetts are being criticized for statements made during an unscheduled discussion about a proposed development at the DeSisto Estate. The 37 Interlaken development proposal would transform the historic school into more than 300 acres of residential housing, self-sufficient farmland and a luxury resort. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with the developer’s attorney Jonathan Silverstein about a controversial proposed bylaw change.

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council met in special session Wednesday night to approve the purchase agreement for Burlington Telecom, the city’s cable and broadband utility. The deal now heads to the state.

Republican Governor Phil Scott has appointed former state auditor Randy Brock to fill a vacant seat in the Vermont Senate.

A council created by Republican Governor Phil Scott to address the opioid addiction crisis has released a draft report of recommended strategies.

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A Vermont prosecutor is the son of a couple arrested last week in Nebraska with 60 pounds of marijuana they told police they planned to give as Christmas presents.

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Sandisfield, Massachusetts is still recovering from a fire earlier this month that destroyed the town’s highway garage and equipment inside. Aid from around the state is helping the town get through the snowy winter.

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   On New Year’s Day the UMass Amherst Minuteman Marching Band will perform in the Rose Parade in California.

  The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has filed final draft regulations to provide renewable energy subsidies for burning wood chips or pellets.

Berkshire Museum Director Returns To Work

Dec 27, 2017
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The Berkshire Museum’s executive director is returning to work amid a controversial plan to sell off art to fund renovations and an endowment. 

Jacob's Pillow Announces Festival 2018 Lineup

Dec 27, 2017
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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s 2018 season opens June 20th. Earlier this year, the summer destination in Becket, Massachusetts announced its plan to become a year-round center for dance. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Director Pamela Tatge about the upcoming season.

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