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    An automobile parts manufacturer has received the final local approvals to expand a facility in western Massachusetts that will result in new jobs.

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     Numerous ceremonies took place across the region Friday to thank veterans for their service.

     On a campus lawn ringed by small American flags, Western New England University saluted people who are currently serving in the military and those who have served in the past.

      There was a wreath-laying, a 21-gun salute, and the playing of taps.

      A parade was held in Springfield from the Armory to City Hall, and a ceremony was scheduled at the Vietnam War Memorial in Mason Square – the oldest permanent Vietnam War Memorial in the country.  

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     Homeless veterans can now apply to rent a studio apartment in a new building next to a veterans outreach center in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The complex is the culmination of years of work by a Vietnam War veteran who has dedicated his life to helping fellow veterans.

    A new agreement has been reached that could lead to the opening of the first medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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     In the wake of police misconduct allegations, city councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have announced a proposal to have a civilian board oversee the police department.

Adam Hinds celebrates his election to the Massachusetts State Senate Tuesday night in Pittsfield.
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Voters in western Massachusetts are sticking with Democrats in the State House. Adam Hinds cruised to victory in the race to replace retiring Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing. Hinds, a Democrat, beat Republican Christine Canning by a roughly 70 to 30 split.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
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Entergy Nuclear announced this morning it has reached a deal to sell the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, which closed in 2014, to a company that specializes in decommissioning industrial and nuclear plants.

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Hunters participating in Vermont's 16-day rifle season are being asked to report their results in order to help biologists.

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        Changes are being considered to a landmark municipal ordinance in Massachusetts that regulated public construction projects to promote local and minority employment, but has gone largely unenforced. 

City councilors and labor union leaders in Springfield are trying to put teeth into the city’s Responsible Employer Ordinance, which when it passed in 2008 was the first of its kind in Massachusetts, but has since been weakened by court challenges and haphazard enforcement.

Trump-Pence signs at 435 Essex Road in Williston, VT
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Vermont State Police have cited an individual for repeatedly vandalizing Trump-Pence political signs.

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A fight among neighbors in Springfield has left three men injured and in custody.

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An administrator from a Minnesota community college has been recommended to be the first woman president at a western Massachusetts community college.

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       The police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts said he will review how police misconduct complaints are handled in the wake of recent controversy.

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              With the opioid crisis resulting in an increase in the number of children in the Massachusetts foster care system, there are increasing appeals for people to consider adoption.

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The city of Burlington is showcasing its technology sector this week.  It’s a concerted effort to update the region’s image and call attention to Burlington’s position as one of the top 100 locations in the nation for tech business startups.

Champlain College "Flight" At Burlington International Airport
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There are two new interactive displays at the Burlington International Airport.  Designed and installed by students at Champlain College the intent is to showcase the city’s growing tech sector.

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Connecticut and federal officials are announcing a hotline for people to report rights abuses or fraud at the polls on Election Day. Workers from the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission will staff the hotline during voting hours on Tuesday.

The Massachusetts State House
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On Tuesday, Pittsfield voters will decide who will represent them in the State House and whether they want an additional tax surcharge to fund historical conservation efforts.

A venerable old elm tree that's believed to be the largest of its kind in New England has succumbed to Dutch elm disease.

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Vermont state officials have issued new energy planning standards that invite regional and town planners to say whether they're willing to welcome large-scale wind energy projects. But 'No' is not an acceptable answer.

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      A project is under way to ensure that the only top level trauma hospital in western Massachusetts will be able to function in the event a disaster knocks out the power grid for an extended length of time.

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Two men were killed late Tuesday night when a car crashed through the perimeter fence of the Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, struck a cement barrier and caught on fire.

 

General Electric has moved a step closer to building its new $200 million headquarters in Boston.

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Voters are running out of time to register if they want to cast their ballots in the upcoming general election. Some voters are already out of time.

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        Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a $1.9 million grant award today for a western Massachusetts city to complete a highway project that will allow for an $8 million commercial development.

A Vermont city that came to symbolize the struggle against heroin in rural America is taking another step toward recovery.

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            Weekday commuters on the Massachusetts Turnpike saw big changes today, but not the big traffic jams some feared might occur.  This was the first work day of all-electronic open-road tolling statewide.

Massachusetts highway officials are urging commuters to allow for extra travel times starting Monday morning as work begins to demolish the Mass Pike toll booths.

Massachusetts State Police say a 9-year-old girl was killed when she was dragged by a school bus and then struck by it as she was getting off at her stop.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is urging residents to reduce their water usage whenever possible. The governor says steps need to be taken to "stretch our water supply" given the state's persistent drought conditions.

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