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As Great Barrington prepares for state-funded improvements to its downtown, some business owners have concerns about how the construction will affect commerce.

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The Democratically-controlled Vermont House passed a revised 2019 budget bill on Tuesday but Republican Governor Phil Scott may veto the compromise measure if the Senate also approves the measure.

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   The first resort casino in Massachusetts, scheduled to open this summer in Springfield, wants to serve alcohol into the wee hours of the morning.  The state’s restaurant industry opposes a later “last call” at the casino.  

Great Barrington, Massachusetts is taking steps to formalize its host agreement for retail marijuana businesses in town.

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Environmental activists in western Massachusetts are hailing an announcement from the office of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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Berkshire Medical Center nurses have called for a one-day strike in their negotiations with the Pittsfield, Massachusetts hospital. WAMC’s Josh Landes has more.

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The Vermont House of Representative will reconvene for a final vote on the second budget bill of the year.

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A Berkshire County organization that offers resources to immigrants has won a statewide prize for excellence in nonprofit work.

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       Authorities have identified the bodies discovered at a house in Springfield, Massachusetts as three women.  Two of them had been reported as missing persons to the police. 

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Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts is gearing up for its 2018 season. WAMC spoke to its artistic director to learn more.

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A Vermont health officials' report says rates of tobacco use and bullying continue to decrease for teens in the state.

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For many soccer is fun to play or watch. For Stephen Schirra, the sport breaks down language barriers and allows him to have a positive impact on children around the world.

The Vermont coffee company known for its K-cup machines is laying off 35 employees in the state, mostly in its manufacturing.

Vermont plans to pay new residents who work remotely for an out-of-state employer. It’s part of an effort to increase its population.

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The Vermont Attorney General, the Chittenden County State’s Attorney and Vermont State Police on Friday released the results of an investigation into an officer-involved shooting during a traffic stop on Interstate 89 in Richmond that left a Sheldon man dead. Some listeners may find this story upsetting.

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June is Pride Month, and among the many celebrations in our region is the second annual Berkshire Pride festival, set for Saturday in downtown Pittsfield.

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Western Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal says that there’s a public relations campaign being waged against Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 

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A former Vermont state senator convicted of setting up his tenant to have sex with one of his acquaintances is asking the Vermont Supreme Court to grant him a new trial.

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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott will be facing a primary race in his run for re-election.

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As the budget dispute continues in Vermont, a proposal has been offered that would avert a state government shutdown.  But an effort to fast-track the bill in the Vermont House failed to receive enough votes on Wednesday.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal travelled to Shakespeare & Company in Lenox today to announce new grants for area cultural institutions.

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Massachusetts Democrats will gather in Worcester this weekend for their party convention to select their candidates for the November elections. Katie Lannan, a reporter for State House News, says much of the attention for the delegates at the DCU Center will on the two candidates for governor, who want the party’s backing to take on Republican incumbent Charlie Baker.

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A Berkshire nonprofit is working to bring communities together through music.

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The Dairy Margin Protection Program was authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill as a risk management program. It pays farmers when the difference between the price they are paid for milk produced at the farm and the cost of feed, or margin, falls below a set amount. But many dairy farmers, especially in the Northeast, said the program was expensive and didn’t work.  And that is causing concern as officials try to get dairy producers to sign up for the revised program by June 1st.  Vermont officials were at the Statehouse in Montpelier Tuesday to urge farmers to sign up.

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Tonight, the Pittsfield Suns take on the Brockton Rox at Wahconah Park in their first game of the season. College baseball players from all over New England are in town for the summer.

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Pittsfield State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier has filed legislation for an annual sales tax holiday.

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After four police officers in Springfield, Massachusetts were recently charged with crimes, the mayor is defending the police commissioner.  

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Western Massachusetts Democrat Adam Hinds says the state Senate budget will include funding for the Berkshire Flyer rail project — a key step in the long process of reestablishing regular rail service between New York City and the Berkshires.

The Massachusetts Senate has passed a state budget bill that includes funding to avert service cuts by regional transit authorities.

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