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MGM  Resorts International has fired another shot in the border war to block development of a casino in Connecticut that would be a direct competitor to the $950 million casino the company is building in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Diocese of Springfield

The much anticipated plans have been announced for building a new regional Catholic high school in western Massachusetts.


The North Adams Ambulance Service and a community organization are partnering to offer overdose reversal training.

Howard johnson - Lake George
Jennifer Rafieyan/Flickr

One of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants will close in a couple of weeks, leaving the last one remaining in New York State.

Senator Patrick Leahy with law enforcement officials
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy was surrounded by law enforcement and health officials in Williston on Monday as he announced that a federal grant will allow the Vermont Drug Task Force to expand.


   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno Tuesday called for the long-delayed construction of a wood-burning power plant to move forward.  Project opponents, who had a chance encounter with the mayor, say they are not giving up. 

The University of Connecticut logo

The University of Connecticut's incoming freshman class is the most diverse in school history. UConn released its annual enrollment figures Tuesday.

farm tractor in field
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a three-year grant totaling almost $600,000 to a western Massachusetts nonprofit to assist beginning farmers throughout the state.

A rustic resort near Vermont's Canadian border is reopening, and officials say they've received a flood of inquires following the announcement.

Senator Patrick Leahy and VT State Police Director Colonel Matthew Birmingham
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont Drug Task Force is getting six new positions with help from a $1.4 million federal grant.

As teachers, staff and students head back to school, a recent forum in Hartford featuring the U.S. Education Secretary discussed the role of diversity in education.

crews work to repair a hole in a street

    Work started Monday at the first of nearly two-dozen locations in the city of Springfield where improvements are planned this year to an urban water and sewer infrastructure, parts of which date back to the 1800s.


Opponents of a U.S. Air Force plan to base F-35 fighter jets in Burlington are deciding whether to challenge a federal judge’s decision issued Wednesday that will allow the jets to come to the Vermont Air Guard base beginning in 2019.

The Stop the F-35 Coalition and six Chittenden County residents filed suit against the Secretary of the Air Force alleging that the strict review required under the National Environmental Policy Act when preparing the Environmental Impact Statement for basing the fighter jets at the Vermont National Guard was inadequately conducted.  

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Berkshire Health Systems is closing a walk-in clinic inside a Pittsfield grocery store in favor of a similar center elsewhere in the city.

Mt. Greylock

Adams, Massachusetts and surrounding communities are looking to capitalize on Mt. Greylock’s recently discovered role in the fictional world of Harry Potter.


      Opponents of a proposed wood-burning power plant in Springfield, Massachusetts are weighing their options now that the city’s top health official has opted not to hold a site assignment hearing on the project. 

Thirteen people have been shot and wounded at a house party in Connecticut.

A school safety group says Massachusetts had more hoax bomb threats during the last school year than any other state.

eutrophication&hypoxia, flickr

With concern heightened around Vermont over the issue of heavy rains contributing to sewage overflows, a legislative committee is set to consider new rules dealing with that issue.

Vermont's 11 community health centers are receiving nearly $841,000 in federal grants.


A federal trial has been scheduled for two New York men accused of operating a large-scale drug organization in Vermont and Maine.

State health officials in Vermont are increasing access to a drug that treats opioid overdoses.

The Vermont Attorney General's office says four women have been convicted for their roles in a Medicaid fraud case that cost the state Medicaid program more than $100,000 over a five-year period.

Sixteen of the 17 married couples.
Hilary Scott

Musical and marital harmony are combining at Tanglewood this weekend.

A map of the the one-mile radius around Garland Avenue designated for truck-mounting spraying on Tuesday, August 23 at 10 p.m.

The state of Massachusetts has detected West Nile Virus in mosquitoes in Pittsfield. Action is being taken to limit the potential for human infection.

Facebook: Berkshire Bikenfly

An annual event that brings together cyclists and pilots in Great Barrington is being held Saturday.

A postcard of the 1930s replica of Fort Massachusetts.
Facebook: Friends of Fort Massachusetts

Area historians are gathering in North Adams tomorrow to commemorate the siege of a forgotten fort in hopes of preserving the outpost’s history.

A man facing a second federal death penalty trial for the 2000 abduction and murder of a supermarket worker is seeking to exclude evidence used in his first trial.

Barre District Courthouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Police say a Vermont inmate who hatched a plot to kill Justin Bieber was behind an anthrax scare at the courthouse where he was sentenced for killing a 15-year-old girl.

The U.S. Drought Monitor's Northeast map for August 16, 2016

The drought affecting the Northeast United States is getting worse in some areas.