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A series of service cuts begin Sunday ( August 27th) affecting passengers of the largest regional transit system in western Massachusetts.

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High levels of the E. coli bacteria have been detected in Laurel Lake in Lee, Massachusetts. 

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Annie Selke launched a retail store and bed-and-breakfast in downtown Lenox, Massachusetts Tuesday. WAMC and the global, Pittsfield-based textiles company founder and CEO toured her new inn.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaking in Great Barrington in December 2015.
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    A bill proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to give local police the authority to detain undocumented immigrants wanted for serious crimes has been endorsed by two law enforcement organizations.

A western-Massachusetts based religious order whose members taught generations of New Englanders in parochial schools has been saved from financial ruin.

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Massachusetts State Representative Paul Mark is attending The Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship gathering in Kentucky. 

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Newton, Massachusetts Mayor Setti Warren launched his campaign for governor in May. WAMC’s Berkshires Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with the Democrat after he visited the westernmost part of the state earlier this month.

      Classes begin Monday August 28th for nearly 26,000 students in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts has received a $6.6 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to rebuild runaways at the municipal airport. 

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A fourth town in Vermont is mulling whether to join a proposed school district merger between three other districts.

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Cheshire, Massachusetts officials will meet with state ecologists before making a decision on removing a dam.

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The solar industry is monitoring a pending decision in Washington that some believe could dim the momentum of the industry. Vermont businesses are watching closely.

The nine Mid-Atlantic and New England states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have agreed to a draft proposal that will further reduce power plant carbon emissions under the regional environmental pact.

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MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts is celebrating art and artists with its latest exhibits — opening in Building 13 tonight. WAMC got a tour as the final pieces of art were being hung.

A western Massachusetts woman has claimed the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

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Democratic hopefuls for Massachusetts governor have made stops in the Berkshires this week, and they’re all critical of Republican Governor Charlie Baker. 

TEDx Coming To North Adams

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Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts
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North Adams, Massachusetts wants to host its own TEDx Talks. 

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The Bellows Falls village fire department has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the community, following an August vote by officials to eliminate the jobs of all full-time firefighters.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra has broken ground on an educational hub at its summer home in Lenox. 

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The head of New Hampshire's Democratic Party is challenging a new state law requiring voters who move to the state within 30 days of an election provide proof that they intend to stay, saying it presents confusing, unnecessary and intimidating hurdles to voting.

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North Adams, Massachusetts has approved the first steps to sell 218 acres the city owns in Pownal, Vermont. 

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall
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The Vermont Farm Bureau will host two national agricultural leaders in the next few weeks.

Lake Champlain
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Governor Phil Scott has declared this week Vermont Clean Water Week.  The proclamation is intended to be an opportunity for businesses and groups around the state to highlight the importance of Vermont’s waterways.

Election season is underway in Berkshire County – a look at the races in Pittsfield and North Adams.

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Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is hosting a play reading about seven women who have advocated for the well-being of women, children and families around the world tonight. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with local actress Carla Lewis and CeCe Sloan, a member of the U.S. National Committee of Women and the director of SEVEN, A Documentary Play.

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A ban on recreational marijuana will not be included on the November ballot in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

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A street fair in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on Saturday will highlight an ongoing state redevelopment project on Tyler Street. 

The owner of a Vermont ski resort accused of massive fraud involving foreign investors' money will not contest U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges against him.

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A Vermont company that produces and manages digital products for the auto industry is laying off 45 employees from its Burlington headquarters.

The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services has notified Vermont officials that it intends to close the state's EB-5 immigrant investor regional center. It comes following millions of dollars in alleged fraud at Jay Peak Ski Resort involving the program — and as the state issues a report recommending the office be gradually closed.

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