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The Vermont League of Cities and Towns is considering ending the town of Victory’s insurance coverage.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued its 2016 Household Food Security report.  It finds about 12.3 percent of American households were food insecure at some point during 2016, down from 12.7 percent in 2015.  The report indicates Vermont and New York followed that national trend.

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In today’s global economy, many small, family farms are struggling to make ends meet. That’s the case for the Olsen Farm in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. The couple living there are trying to keep their family’s tradition alive.

Sotheby's

Auction house Sotheby’s has released estimates for what 40 objects from the Berkshire Museum’s collection in Pittsfield, Massachusetts could fetch. 

This is a picture of a Pittsfield Police car at a shooting scene in July 2015.
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Police in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have been in the headlines this summer after several high-profile incidents. The latest involved a domestic dispute Friday that ended with a knife-wielding man shot and killed by police. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Mayor Linda Tyer, who defends Pittsfield law enforcement.

Moran Plant from east
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In 1957, the Moran Municipal Generating Station began generating electricity for the city of Burlington. In 1982, it shut down and ownership was transferred to the city in 1986.  Since then a number of unsuccessful proposals have been made to redevelop the building. Three years ago, voters approved a ballot measure that authorized city officials to work with developers New Moran Incorporated on a final attempt to create a redevelopment plan. But Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger felt it was time to make a final decision on the building.

This is a map of Massachusetts highlighting the town of Lenox.
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Lenox, Massachusetts lawmakers have approved an affordable housing plan. 

A group in Vermont is working to purchase land in order to preserve a collection of prehistoric Native American rock carvings.

The Learning Through Arts Programming at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires is marking its 10th anniversary. 

Vermont Supreme Court
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The Vermont Supreme Court has vacated a man's 16 burglary convictions because of the wording involved in a plea change.

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More than $2.7 million in state tax incentives is going to support 22 downtown and village center revitalization projects around Vermont.

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Renowned architect Frank Gehry has signed on to design the new Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum in North Adams, Massachusetts. 

US Air Force

The end of an era for the U.S. Air Force will occur Thursday in western Massachusetts.

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Reaction from many advocates in our region to President Trump’s decision to abolish DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — was swift and negative.

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Just in time for election season, Massachusetts lawmakers are calling for automatic voter registration. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, a Pittsfield Democrat, about three bills that could shift voter registration from an opt-in to an opt-out system.

McGruff the Crime Dog
National Crime Prevention Council

The advertising executive who led the team that created McGruff the Crime Dog and who voiced the character has died.

This is a picture of the inside of the Pittsfield Police station
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A report on the autopsy of a man shot and killed by police in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is out. 

Vermont officials are criticizing the Trump administration's decision to phase out a government program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.

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New Hampshire Democratic Party

The chairman of New Hampshire's Democratic Party has come under fire for comments suggesting some unregistered voters in the state are white supremacists after responding over the weekend to news a group with links to President Donald Trump's campaign was planning on reaching out to thousands of the state's unregistered voters.

Moran Plant from south
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has announced that the city is ceasing redevelopment discussions for an obsolete power plant on the waterfront and will now look at demolition.  The decision comes more than three years after voters approved financing to create a plan for the site.

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Early in the new school year, officials in Lenox, Massachusetts are noticing an uptick in enrollment. 

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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts plans to withdraw from its partnership with the Smithsonian Institute. 

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The Berkshire Natural Resources Council is marking its 50th anniversary with a community celebration September 9.

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Voters will have the chance to meet the candidates for the 1st Berkshire District state representative seat at an Adams, Massachusetts public forum this month. 

Vermont State Police say five officers who fired their weapons during a fatal standoff are on paid leave while an investigation continues.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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The Burlington School Board has voted to impose terms and working conditions on teachers after officials in the Vermont city failed to reach an agreement with the teacher's union.

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Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo joined his colleagues for a recent tour of the Berkshires. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with the Revere Democrat about the issues he’s seen in the region.

Lenox High School

Lenox, Massachusetts voters will have the chance to scrap the local school nickname in May. 

farm tractor in field
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The University of Vermont and several groups are investigating who farms in Vermont and plan to update the image of the Vermont farmer.

Pittsfield Police Department

Police have released information about the robbery of an ATM at an American Legion in Pittsfield, Massachusetts last week. 

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