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   Moratoriums on marijuana sales are being adopted in more and more Massachusetts communities.

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The Pittsfield City Council will increase the number of downtown handicapped parking spaces.

According to a new study, Tanglewood is estimated to have a roughly $103 million economic impact on Western Massachusetts. 

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    The University of Massachusetts flagship campus in Amherst is in the midst of a $1.6 billion six-year building boom. Not all the construction results in brand new state-of-the-art buildings.  Millions of dollars have gone into saving and repurposing historic structures.

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Small business owners celebrated the expansion of broadband internet with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in West Stockbridge Tuesday. Baker says the state’s $1.6 million investment in the Last Mile of broadband connectivity has brought a lot of Western Massachusetts into the 21st century. 

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        More than 200 law enforcement officers from throughout New England are expected in Springfield, Massachusetts tomorrow to discuss strategies for combating gangs, drug dealing, and human trafficking.

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts has approved a new taxpayer funding method for infrastructure improvements at regional public schools. 

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Adams, Massachusetts has agreed to host a medical marijuana dispensary in town. 

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Lanesborough, Massachusetts has renewed plans to develop a solar array near Main Street. 

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     Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker praised an innovative approach to improving underperforming urban schools during a visit today to a Springfield school.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has filed a complaint against a charter school for disciplining and suspending black and biracial students because their hairstyles violate the school's dress policy. 

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The Pittsfield Board of Health is considering easing tobacco retailer certifications. 

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        Originally set to begin this year, the launch of a bicycle sharing program in western Massachusetts has been pushed back to 2018. 

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Barrington Stage Company is gearing up for its summer season with plays and musicals on its two stages. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Co-Founder and Artistic Director Julianne Boyd about the summer season at the stage company’s new headquarters in downtown Pittsfield.

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   An almost decade-long dispute over food trucks on downtown streets in the largest city in western Massachusetts appears to have been resolved.   The Springfield City Council is scheduled to take a final vote tonight on a food truck ordinance.

Preliminary findings from a new study show that Tanglewood —the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra — has an economic impact of more than $103 million on Massachusetts and the Berkshire region. 

That number represents an increase of approximately $40 million when compared to the last third-party economic impact study in 2008.

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An almost decade-long dispute over food trucks on downtown streets in the largest city in western Massachusetts is about to be resolved. 

A key Senate panel is preparing its version of the state budget amid indications that further belt-tightening may be needed.

The names of two law enforcement officers from Massachusetts who died in 2016 are being added this weekend to a national memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Pittsfield is going back to the drawing board to prepare its Community Development Block Grant plan for the next fiscal year. 

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North Adams kicked off its fourth annual Mayor’s Fitness Challenge on Friday, with hopes of reaching a common goal for health and wellness in the city. 

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   A hallmark event for more than 30 years in western Massachusetts will take place tomorrow, as Springfield hosts its annual pancake breakfast.  But the boast that it is the “world’s largest” is in dispute.

The Environmental Division of Vermont’s Superior Court has fined the Town of Bennington $15,000 for failing to maintain its wastewater treatment facility over the past several years. 

     Massachusetts is poised to require greater on-the-job protections for pregnant workers.

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Connecticut Congresswomen Elizabeth Esty and Rosa DeLauro are renewing calls for a major infrastructure plan. 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has signed into law a measure to protect vulnerable adults from financial exploitation and help Vermonters with long-term care needs.

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A marijuana legalization proponent says the Vermont Legislature's vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana shows the "walls of prohibition" are falling and it is here to stay.

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Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer has released her proposed operating budget for next year. 

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Vermont officials are seeking a $40,000 grant to explore the effects of logging on the Winooski River.

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would offer pregnant women more protections in the workplace. 

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