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John Phelan

   Plans to redevelop an historic downtown theater in Springfield, Massachusetts have received a financial boost.  Meanwhile, cost estimates have soared for a dormant theater restoration in another western Massachusetts city.  

The seal of the the city of North Adams, Massachusetts

With the vote set for next week, the two candidates for mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts sparred over education, state funding and city investments during a debate Monday night. 

The western Massachusetts branch of the American Friends Service Committee is no more. But, the pacifist activism that its members espoused for nearly a half century continues through a new organization: The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice. 

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Officials in a Vermont town say they are generally supportive of a plan to build mountain biking trails at a ski resort, but they have concerns about the impact increased traffic might have on emergency response.

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Three psychology professors at Dartmouth College are under criminal investigation for allegations of sexual misconduct.


A western Massachusetts community college will inaugurate its first woman president this week.

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Recycling officials in Vermont are asking residents to properly dispose of storm debris following severe weather.

    A new $10 million neighborhood community center has been built in Springfield, Massachusetts. It is one of the last major rebuilding projects from the June 2011 tornado that tore through part of the city.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he's signed a bipartisan state budget, but used his limited line-item veto power to scrap portions of the legislation related to a tax on Connecticut's hospitals.

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During a tour of Western Massachusetts late last week, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito championed Mount Washington's partnership with the state on infrastructure improvements.

Burlington City Council 10-30-17
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Meeting last night, the Burlington City Council was scheduled to decide which of two bidders for the city’s municipally owned cable and internet provider would be the finalist to buy Burlington Telecom.  But after some  twists the panel postponed the vote.


   Pentagon budget cuts have affected the Westover Air Force Reserve Base for the last several years, but its economic impact in western Massachusetts remains strong.

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With election day a week away, the two candidates for mayor of North Adams had their final debate Monday night at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

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Vermont Health Connect

Open enrollment starts Wednesday for Vermonters who want to sign up for a health insurance plan for next year through the state's online exchange or existing subscribers who want to change to a different plan.

Mount Washington Observatory

The storm that brought high winds to much of the Northeast may have brought the strongest winds to the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire.

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Vermont Emergency Management

Vermont Governor Phil Scott activated the state Emergency Operations Center on Monday in the wake of high winds that caused power outages throughout the state.

Massachusetts Attorney General's office

Massachusetts’ Attorney General has joined the three sons of Norman Rockwell in calling for a temporary restraining order against the Berkshire Museum to prevent the controversial sale of 40 pieces of art, including two works by the American artist, to fund an expansion and an endowment at the Pittsfield museum.

One-third of Vermonters woke up today without electricity, according to Vermont’s largest utility. It may be the end of the week before power is restored to the 45,000 homes and businesses across the state that have lost power.

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Opposition to the Trump administration dominated the conversation at Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey’s town hall in Pittsfield Sunday.

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A new $10 million community center has opened in Springfield, Massachusetts, six years after the old one was left in ruin by a tornado.

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A federal judge has ruled that Vermont's largest city can dismantle a homeless encampment in the woods where three men have been staying while their case proceeds through court.

Pittsfield City Hall
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts wants to build a center for at-risk young women. It’s part of the city’s submission to the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2017 Mayor’s Challenge. 


Pentagon budget cuts have affected the Westover Air Force Reserve Base for the last several years, but its economic impact in western Massachusetts remains strong.

Following a piece in the Boston Globe alleging sexual harassment at the Massachusetts State House, female lawmakers say no one should feel unsafe at the capitol.

The Vermont town of Norwich has delayed a decision on its new town plan.

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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey will hold a town hall in Pittsfield on Sunday. 

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A Vermont college professor injured in a melee following the campus appearance of an author who co-wrote a book discussing racial differences in intelligence says some faculty members were more to blame for the violence than the students.


   A new leader has been announced for the largest fire department in western Massachusetts.


          The largest brownfields mill redevelopment in New England is said to be ahead of schedule. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker visited the project in Ludlow Thursday.

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150 acres of farmland, wildlife habitat and open space in Lenox, Massachusetts are being conserved.