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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill that gives the state more power to hold accountable companies that pollute the environment.

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During a visit by Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Thursday, Springfield officials announced initiatives to create a downtown dining district.

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A western Massachusetts city is stepping up efforts to combat crime in the downtown business district.

A Chicopee Police Department substation opened Thursday in a back office of the Chamber of Commerce Building.

Police Chief William Jebb said it strengthens the community policing effort in the city center.

" Just driving around in a cruiser, waiting for something to happen, responding to calls that really does not get the public involved at all," explained Jebb.

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In April, Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras announced plans, coordinated with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, to bring up to 100 Syrians to the city in October.  But the proposal is dividing the community.

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center that opened in Holyoke four years ago is expanding.

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Private reflections and the tolling of church bells today marked the fifth anniversary of an unprecedented natural disaster in western Massachusetts.  A tornado, with sustained winds of 160 miles-an-hour claimed three lives, injured scores of people, left children emotionally scarred, and damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings and tens of thousands of trees.

 

If the ship legendary explorer Capt. James Cook used to sail around the world is found, Rhode Island will own it outright.

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Errors in some software, including TurboTax, could result in Vermont charging interest and penalties if taxpayers don't file amended returns by June 30.

           Wednesday, June 1st, marks the fifth anniversary of the most powerful storm to strike Massachusetts in a half-century.

 Armando Feliciano said it does not seem as if five years have passed since he hustled his family into the basement of their Springfield home and shielded them as a tornado sent trees crashing through the roof and walls.

"To this day, every time I open that door in my house, I say ' I remember this tornado' and I remember walking into my house that day," Feliciano said in an interview on the eve of the 5th anniversary of the tornado.

Springfield is considering adopting a Massachusetts law that allows for a property tax surcharge to create a local fund for historic preservation projects, protecting open space, and supporting affordable housing.

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After flirting with a run for more than a month, Pittsfield lawyer Rinaldo Del Gallo is officially launching a campaign for state senate. He is running to represent the 52 communities in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden district. Del Gallo has been vocal on a number of environmental issues in the area, including leading the charge for a Styrofoam ban in Pittsfield. The Democrat tells that the income inequality issues being raised by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are shaping his platform.

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This Wednesday, June 1st,  marks the fifth anniversary of a devastating tornado striking western Massachusetts.

    As he has done in years past, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has called for a city-wide moment of reflection on the tornado anniversary.

" We want to commemorate it, not celebrate it.  I've asked the houses of worship to ring the bells at 4:38 p.m.," said Sarno.

The tornado, the most powerful storm to strike Massachusetts in 50 years, left a 6 mile scar through the city and tore up trees and buildings in a half-dozen towns.  Three people died. 

A new rule is in effect to prevent invasive insects from entering Vermont's forests on untreated firewood.

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As many as 40 antique wooden benches that were supposed to be incorporated into a renovation project at Springfield's Union Station transportation hub have been stolen.

The $88 million restoration of Union Station is being overseen not only by construction and transportation experts, but also historical consultants. 

Joe Carvalho, retired president of the Springfield Museums, said the plan is to use restored artifacts from the station’s heyday to highlight the history of transportation in Springfield.

Democratic officials have rejected Bernie Sanders' request to remove two high-profile Hillary Clinton supporters from leadership positions at the party's summer convention.

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About 3,000 people are expected to take part in the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington.

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Opponents of planned wood-burning power plant in Springfield, Massachusetts are calling on the city’s health board to review the project.

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The city of Pittsfield is among a group of 26 communities recently awarded a grant designed to revitalize neighborhoods through healthy food-oriented efforts.

Red flags have been raised about the pension fund for public employees in the third-largest city in Massachusetts.

As a slain Massachusetts police officer is laid to rest, officials in the state court system have announced plans to review the handling of the criminal cases of the man alleged to have gunned down the officer.  The suspect was later killed by police.  

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A group of protesters opposed to a natural gas pipeline being built in Vermont took their dispute to the home of Vermont’s top utility regulator this week.

Rendering of proposed development on former Burlington College property
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A Vermont developer who owns the property that was formerly home to the now-closed Burlington College has presented plans for redeveloping the site.

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Republican Scott Milne has made it official. He's looking to unseat the U.S. Senate's longest-serving member, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy.

U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Bill Cassidy took part in the mental health summit Thursday.
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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy helped to convene a mental health summit today in support of bipartisan legislation he is sponsoring that’s aimed at addressing the issue.

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Last weekend Vermont Republicans and Democrats held their state conventions to choose delegates to the upcoming national conventions.  Vermont Republicans are sending the youngest delegate in state history to a national convention.  Seventeen-year-old Jace Laquerre is eligible under state law because he will turn 18 by election day.  He hopes to bring the millennial’s perspective to the GOP.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and the leaders of both state legislative bodies have come to an agreement they hope avoids a ballot question calling for regulation of hospital payments.

A new study of five and a half years of Vermont State Police traffic stops shows signs of bias especially against African Americans.

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Vermont is banning the use of what's called "conversion therapy," a practice aimed at changing young people's sexual orientation or gender identity.

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University of Connecticut leaders have put off plans to boost enrollment at the state's flagship university as they prepare a budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

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At a time when the relationship between police and minorities is under a microscope nationwide, a new study of five and a half years of Vermont State Police traffic stops shows signs of bias especially against African Americans.

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