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The results from the water testing done in June at the Great Barrington Airport are in on the lead concentration level.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan
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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan will host a public forum on the cost of health care Tuesday.

Office of National Drug Control Policy acting director Richard Baum
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The White House "drug czar" says Vermont's opioid treatment system is an "incredibly valuable national model" that's being emulated across the country.

As candidates emerge for the special election to fill the 1st Berkshire District state House seat, voters in the fall could see a familiar name on the ballot. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Stephanie Bosley, a Democrat – daughter of former State Representative Daniel Bosley – about her decision to run.


Advocates for children in Massachusetts are looking to rally the business community to back additional state funding for early education.  At a conference in Springfield today they pointed to recent momentum on Beacon Hill toward the goal of universal pre-kindergarten. 


   The final state budget passed by the Massachusetts legislature did not contain funds to study high-speed rail between Boston and Springfield.

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Healthcare dominated the conversation at Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s town hall in Pittsfield Saturday. 


    Business and community leaders will meet in Springfield Monday for a progress report on early childhood education in Massachusetts.

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At a town hall in Pittsfield Saturday, Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, said the right people need to get into government because what’s happening now, isn’t working.

A man from Adams, Massachusetts has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for trafficking more than 12,000 bags of heroin. 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont's stock-car-racing governor Republican Phil Scott won the 50-lap feature Thursday at Barre's Thunder Road.

City of Pittsfield

Massachusetts’ Western Region Municipal Assistance Coordinator’s office will be stationed in Pittsfield for the next three years.

The Massachusetts House and Senate have passed a compromise $40.2 billion state budget.

Contractors and vendors owed millions of dollars after the owner and president of a Vermont ski resort were accused of massive fraud will soon see their bills paid.


Pittsfield has accepted a new round of funding from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to fight the infestation of zebra mussels. 

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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On June 28th, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter to all state Secretaries of State requesting voter information.  The commission is charged through a presidential executive order to study alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election.  But many states are balking.  Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos initially said he would provide only publicly available information.  This week, he changed his mind and determined he would not send any voter information to the commission.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren will hold a town hall in Pittsfield on Saturday. 


Hundreds of sick or injured stray kittens will be treated this summer at New England’s only kitten intensive care unit.  When healthy, the kittens will be put up for adoption. 

Hoosic River Revival

After nine years of working to save the watershed, the Hoosic River Revival hired its first full-time executive director. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with environmentalist Matthew Miller about the project’s management going forward.

This is a picture of Adams Hinds who is running for the Massachusetts Senate.
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Representatives of State Senator Adam Hinds will meet today with the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Design Lab to coordinate a workshop on improving regional public transportation.

   A march and rally is scheduled Saturday July 8th in Northampton to raise awareness about sexual harassment. 

      The protest has been organized by a group of young people. It follows a sit-in last month at the JFK Middle School in Northampton, where protestors complained about students being harassed by peers.

     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Maya Mintz Coccoluto, a co-organizer of Saturday’s march.

A bridge in Cheshire, Massachusetts needs further repairs. 

Late State Rep. Cariddi
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A new candidate in the special election for the 1st Berkshire District state House seat has a familiar name. The seat opened up when Representative Gailanne Cariddi died in June.

This is a photo of Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal
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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal announced a nearly $100,000 federal health services grant for rural health networking development in Great Barrington today. 

Lenox, Massachusetts will hold a public hearing Thursday on whether to enforce a bylaw regulating Airbnb.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Last week, Vermont Governor Phil Scott wrote to Congressional leaders, expressing his concerns over the Senate health care bill.  Meanwhile, state legislative leaders have left open the possibility of a special session in October to deal with any federal budget actions.  In the second part of an interview, the first-term Republican governor explains that federal funding is critical to Vermont.


Hundreds of sick and injured stray kittens will be treated this summer at New England’s only kitten intensive care unit. 

Berkshire Family YMCA

Kristine Hurley has officially started work as the new mission advancement director of the Berkshire Family YMCA. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Hurley, who spent three years as director of Downtown Pittsfield Inc. and is credited with forming strong relationships between the city and its business corridor.

The Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization wants to see how its federal transportation dollars are being spent.

Pittsfield Police are investigating what could be the western Massachusetts city’s first homicide this year.