New England News

Brad Lande, CEO of Live in the Grey, speaks to Berkshire employers at the Colonial Theatre.
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Like in many parts of the Northeast, businesses in the Berkshires are trying to reverse the trend of millennials leaving the region. A recent conference asked employers to take a fresh look at how they view the generation.

Television screens playing the videos on a loop are scattered amongst the pews inside Thompson Chapel on the Williams College campus. Multiple recorded voices and a constant drum of music echo throughout the chapel.
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A moving exhibition now on display at Williams College recalls the atrocities of apartheid in South Africa.

exterior of the Dunbar Community Center

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is exploring ways to prevent a century-old safe haven for inner-city youth from closing.

For the second time in two years, the legendary Dunbar Community Center is facing foreclosure unless a debt totaling almost $1 million is paid. 

This time, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the city will come to the rescue, if several financial and legal obstacles to acquiring the building can be overcome.

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With its large gallery spaces, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams has made a name for itself with enormous art displays since its 1999 founding. But it has increasingly been focused on the performing arts of late.

This is the logo of Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
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Connecticut state employee unions are running television, radio and online ads hoping to stop layoff notices that Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration is handing out to close a budget deficit.

A Japanese automobile parts manufacturer will expand a facility in western Massachusetts rather than move jobs to Mexico.

U.S. Tsubaki will spend at least $12 million to increase the size of its manufacturing plant in Chicopee by more than a third, keeping almost 350 people working in the region, and adding 35 new jobs.  Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos, who made the announcement Wednesday, said the company had considered expanding in Tennessee or Mexico.

A Vermont advocacy group is calling on Vermont superdelegates who have committed to Hillary Clinton to instead support Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary.  But the Clinton superdelegates don’t appear to be swayed.

Connecticut's state flag

Connecticut public health and law enforcement departments this week are testing how the state responds to situations such as an infectious disease outbreak that require extensive coordination between local, state and federal agencies. Run by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the exercise includes the Centers for Disease Control, hospitals and volunteers.

Burlington, VT Police car
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An analysis by two college professors has shown racial disparities in the discretionary actions of Burlington police officers conducting traffic stops.

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Governor Peter Shumlin, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, and the Vermont Commission on Women are among those that observed Pay Equity Day, which highlights continuing wage disparities between men and women.