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       Massachusetts on Thursday began a new era of legalized marijuana.

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Bernie Sanders' office says the Vermont senator had a small basal cell carcinoma removed from his cheek in an outpatient procedure.

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Earlier this week, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted criticism over the F-35 fighter jet program. It caused Lockheed Martin stock to fall 2.5 percent. It also raised some eyebrows in the Northeast. The Vermont Air National Guard is scheduled to begin receiving the fighter jet in 2019.  Supporters of the F-35 say they aren’t worried those plans will change because the tweet raises two very different issues.

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Connecticut is leading a 20-state lawsuit against six generic drug-makers, alleging they artificially inflated and manipulated prices to reduce competition for an antibiotic and oral diabetes medication.

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Congressman Peter Welch was joined by a group of Vermont environmentalists Tuesday to highlight what they see as a need for revisions in the Renewable Fuel Standard, a national policy that requires corn ethanol be mixed into fuels.

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Marijuana became legal in Massachusetts Thursday, but there are still some restrictions.

A Vermont man has been accused of using a stun gun on a 14-year-old boy after thinking the child had stolen a bicycle.

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Vermont’s Governor has recorded a public service announcement to promote his plan to grant pardons to people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana.

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Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch want the CEOs of FairPoint Communications and the Illinois company that plans to buy it to reverse the planned layoffs of at least 110 workers across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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The Vermont attorney general joined the Federal Trade Commission chairwoman this afternoon to announce a settlement with the operators of Toronto-based dating site AshleyMadison.com after the company deceived consumers and failed to protect account information before a July 2015 data breach.

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Massachusetts authorities are urging people to take precautions during dangerously cold weather forecast for late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

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    In a first for a public school system in Massachusetts, the Springfield School Department is building its own food services center.

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It’s a year of change in Vermont politics, with the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general all stepping aside. And a mainstay in the legislature is leaving, too. Bill Doyle began serving in the Vermont Senate in 1969 and is the longest-serving senator in the state’s history.  But the 90-year-old Republican lost his re-election bid this year.  On November 30th, he withdrew his request for a recount and conceded the race.  Doyle says activity in the statehouse become more political over the years.

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 An affordable housing advocacy group says Connecticut is making significant progress toward ending chronic homelessness.

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Vermont's governor-elect says he expects to sell his share of his business — a construction company that has won state contracts in the past — before he takes office in January.

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New Hampshire's four Democratic electors have signed a letter asking for members of the Electoral College to receive an intelligence briefing explaining whether the government is investigating links between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia.

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Vermont's 911 emergency calling system — and state oversight of it — are coming under scrutiny after at least four outages in less than two years.

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Recreational marijuana is becoming legal in Massachusetts. Legal, but not readily available.

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It appears Massachusetts’ new recreational marijuana law can take effect next week after all.

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Hartford police have charged nine juveniles in connection with a destructive flash mob robbery of a convenience store last month and say more will likely be charged. They were referred to juvenile court.

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A group of licensed nursing assistants and other employees at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington are seeking permission from the hospital to establish a union.

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Police in Vermont say two men suspected of taking property from a sheriff's department led authorities on a 30-mile chase on Interstate 89 and other roads and crashed into several cruisers before being stopped by a blockade of state plow trucks.

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Voters in Massachusetts approved a ballot question on Election Day to legalize recreational marijuana and doctors in the state are concerned. At a recent meeting, the Massachusetts Medical Society passed resolutions on a number of issues including recreational marijuana, drug prices, aid-in dying and concussions. 

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The teachers' union affiliate in Rutland, Vermont, has filed a complaint with the state labor board, saying school administrators are ignoring concerns about student-on-staff violence.  But the superintendent of schools is disputing the teachers' union complaint.

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In the closing days of his administration, Governor Peter Shumlin is inviting Vermonters to apply for pardons if they were convicted of possessing up to an ounce of marijuana.

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A popular Vermont punk music venue, established with the help of the wife of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, is closing after 32 years.

Police in Colchester, Vermont, say a student was caught with a gun at the local high school.

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Members of the Vermont Air National Guard are leaving Wednesday for an overseas deployment.

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South Burlington city officials are considering conducting their own sound mapping of the Burlington International Airport in anticipation of F-35 fighter jets flying at the National Guard facility there.

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Plans were unveiled in Springfield, Massachusetts Wednesday for a permanent 9/11 memorial that will include a piece of steel from the destroyed World Trade Center.

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