New England News

wikipedia commons

Connecticut Congresswomen Elizabeth Esty and Rosa DeLauro are renewing calls for a major infrastructure plan. 

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has signed into law a measure to protect vulnerable adults from financial exploitation and help Vermonters with long-term care needs.

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

A marijuana legalization proponent says the Vermont Legislature's vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana shows the "walls of prohibition" are falling and it is here to stay.

This is a picture of Pittsfield Mayor-Elect Linda Tyer.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer has released her proposed operating budget for next year. 

Winooski River

Vermont officials are seeking a $40,000 grant to explore the effects of logging on the Winooski River.

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would offer pregnant women more protections in the workplace. 

James Jordan/flickr

The Pittsfield Board of Health has approved Berkshire County’s Mosquito Control Project for the summer. It involves a new state process for properties opting out of treatment. 

Facebook: North Adams Police Department

The City of North Adams is having a hard time attracting and retaining police officers. 


An organization founded by a Catholic women’s religious order was recognized Thursday for its efforts to combat human trafficking in western Massachusetts.

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The Vermont House has voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana, making it the first state in the country to legalize pot via its legislative body. But it’s unclear if the governor will sign it into law.

ballot box
Wikimedia Commons

It’s election season in southern Berkshire County. Here's a round up.

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The Vermont House has voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the state.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia Commons

Residents in a Vermont town will vote again on a plan to merge three school districts.

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont lawmakers returned to the statehouse Wednesday to try to wrap up the session. Among the issues they were expected to review is the governor’s last-minute proposal to change how teachers' health insurance plans should be negotiated.

JD Allen / WAMC

Lee, Massachusetts is shutting down its local emergency dispatch center. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen recently sat down with Police Chief Jeffrey Roosa, who says Lee will switch to a countywide system instead.

Facebook: Berkshire Community College

A plumbing system problem closed Berkshire Community College early Wednesday. 

  The number of fatal drug overdoses in Massachusetts during the first three months of this year dropped slightly from the same period a year ago.

City of Springfield

   Deals have been struck to bring both long-distance and regional public transit bus service to a new transportation hub that is opening next month in western Massachusetts.

wikipedia commons

North Adams has adopted a new strategy to deal with the growing elderly population in the city. 

City of Pittsfield

The City of Pittsfield has been awarded a $30,000 grant through MassDevelopment to upgrade Tyler Street storefronts. City leaders say it will help make the area more attractive for businesses.


         A new budget proposed to operate the largest city in western Massachusetts would put more cops on the streets and more cash into the city’s savings account.  It also reflects a rebounding Springfield housing market after the foreclosure crisis of nearly a decade ago.

NRG Systems
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Renewable NRG Systems in Hinesburg, Vermont, a wind and solar energy project development company, has been bought by a St. Louis company for an undisclosed amount.

Vermont brewers have a message for the rest of the industry: Don't go describing a brew as a Vermont beer if it's not from the Green Mountains.


A deal has been struck to bring long distance bus service to Springfield’s Union Station, which is reopening next month after a $95 million restoration.


      A new budget proposed to run the largest city in western Massachusetts would put more cops on the streets.

Pittsfield Police, K9 Unit Arrest Armed Robber

May 9, 2017
Pittsfield Police Department

Pittsfield Police arrested a 21-year-old man Monday for a nighttime armed and masked robbery at a local bank. 

Facebook: Eversource MA

Amid a request to the state Department of Public Utilities to raise its rates for the next four years, Eversouce has announced that Western Massachusetts will have lower electricity prices this summer.  

Pittsfield City Hall
wikipedia commons

The Pittsfield City Council is scheduled to discuss sanctuary policies adopted by the city’s police department. It’s the result of a citizens’ petition amid fears of increased federal immigration enforcement activity. 

JD Allen / WAMC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says up to 20 percent of children suffer from a mental illness at some point. 

Sugar Shack Alliance

Massachusetts State Police arrested six more people who were blocking Kinder Morgan from cutting down trees in Otis State Forest on Saturday. The protestors want to stop a natural gas pipeline expansion.