New England News

MA Republicans Endorse Diehl To Face Warren

Apr 30, 2018

Massachusetts State Representative Geoff Diehl claimed the state Republican Party’s endorsement for U.S. Senate at Saturday’s GOP convention in Worcester. Diehl is looking to take on Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren in November.

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       Massachusetts earned a B-minus grade for online transparency in public spending, according to new findings by a consumer watchdog.

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The planned creation of 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power should create over 3,000 "job years" during construction over the next ten years and generate between $675 million and $800 million in direct economic output in Massachusetts.

Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, MA
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A Massachusetts church building made famous by the 1967 Arlo Guthrie song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" is reopening after some recently completed upgrades.

Spring Brings An Increase In Pet Adoption

Apr 29, 2018
Sam Renaud, a volunteer at Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, MA, cares for an orphaned kitten

Spring in the Northeast brings a host of changes in the weather, outdoor events and for many of us - the end of the winter blues. One unfortunate occurrence that comes with spring is an increase in unwanted pets at the shelters.


Beginning Monday, officers in the largest police department in western Massachusetts will have assistance from a real-time analysis center.

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Governor Charlie Baker has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Republican Party in his bid for another four-year term.

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Incumbent Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, accepted his nomination at his party's state convention in Worcester today to run for governor again this fall. Below are his comments.

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Massachusetts Republicans are gathering in Worcester this weekend for the party’s state convention.

WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Josh Landes is there. He spoke with Lucas Willard as the convention was getting underway Saturday morning


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Vermont legislators are drafting an emergency rescue package to help the state's struggling dairy farmers.


     An opening date has been announced for the first Las Vegas-style resort casino in Massachusetts. The announcement comes as a relief to officials and casino supporters in Springfield.

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Former Democratic Governor Philip Hoff, who's credited with starting Vermont's transition from one of the most Republican-entrenched states in the country to one of the most liberal, has died. He was 93.

Republicans from across Massachusetts will gather for the state party convention this weekend in Worcester.


Ray Hershel, whose face is familiar to at least two generations of television viewers in western Massachusetts, is signing off today. 

Sawyer Released On Bail

Apr 27, 2018
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The 18-year-old charged with plotting, but not carrying out, a mass shooting at a Vermont high school has been released from jail.

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Legislation is advancing to the Senate that adds Connecticut to a group of states wanting to pool their Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.

Authorities say three people were on board a small plane that crashed in central Massachusetts, but no injuries were reported.

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The Vermont House has failed to override Governor Phil Scott’s first veto of the legislative session. A bill intended to give Vermont more power to regulate children's and consumer products containing unsafe chemicals was drafted following the discovery of PFOA in Bennington water wells.   It was passed by the Legislature, but Governor Scott vetoed the measure on April 16th, saying it was duplicative and could make the state less competitive.

Great Barrington, Massachusetts is turning to its residents to find ways to make its streets safer.


Massachusetts casino regulators have relaxed the background check requirement for job seekers at the MGM Springfield casino. 


An opening date has been announced for the first resort casino in Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito paid a visit to the Berkshires this week to talk about one of the region’s top priorities: broadband.

Massachusetts earned a B-minus grade for online transparency in public spending, according to new findings by a consumer watchdog.


  An initiative to restore the older housing stock in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country is continuing this week in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Museum Collective Announces Summer Ticket Plan

Apr 25, 2018

Representatives of the five-member ArtCountry collaboration have announced new ticket options for museumgoers in the Berkshires this summer.


On Town Meeting Day in March, Burlington voters passed a resolution that asked city officials to request the cancelation of the basing of F-35 fighter jets at the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.   Although the mayor refused to sign it, the city council approved forwarding the resolution to the Secretary of the Air Force.  In the following weeks,  two other city councils passed similar resolutions.  On Tuesday, members of the business community were at the airport to warn of what they believe are the negative implications of losing the fighter jets.

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Facing an August deadline, Pittsfield’s city council overcame an outspoken minority Tuesday night to pass a $74 million spending plan to upgrade the city’s ailing wastewater plant. The federal government is requiring the fixes.

Berkshire Mosquito Control Efforts In Full Swing

Apr 25, 2018
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While warmer temperatures bring promise of backyard barbeques and days at the beach, they also mean the arrival of some irritating residents.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about the results of the special election Tuesday in the 102nd New York state Assembly district. The pair also discuss the rehab of the Amsterdam Armory.

Bill Protecting Reverse Mortgage Applicants Advances

Apr 25, 2018
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  Legislation aimed at better protecting consumers who are applying for reverse mortgages is moving through the Connecticut General Assembly.