New England News

Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment circa 1898
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Officials in Vermont have added a new historic marker that commemorates an African-American regiment of the U.S. Army with ties to the state.

Central Berkshire District Court First Justice William Rota has stepped down. 

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Vermont has launched a statewide alert system to warn residents of financial scams.

Sparkler
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A man igniting a sparkler in New Hampshire accidentally set fire to fireworks he had in his SUV, causing them to explode and sending him and his family scrambling for safety.

Adams, Massachusetts has allocated the rest of its funding for 2015 Community Development Projects. 

Flooded corn
Vermont Agency of Agriculture

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is urging the state's farmers to document any losses they might have suffered due to a string of heavy rains and flash floods.

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Lanesborough, Massachusetts will pay its police department bonuses to help staff the ambulance service.

Artist Stacey Healey paints a utility box on North Street in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has released what it calls a first-of-its-kind working paper on how to leverage funding to increase access to arts education in rural communities. 

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont’s Secretary of State is clarifying that he will not release private and sensitive voter information to President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission.

Springfield Public Schools

The food service program operated by the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts does not take the summer off.  More than 200,000 free meals will be served in Springfield this summer to school-age children.

Pamela Tatge
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

A summer dance destination for decades, Jacob’s Pillow has put together a new strategic plan in a bid to become a year-round center. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Pamela Tatge about her vision for the future.

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    In the latest round of grant awards, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has authorized spending almost $2 million from a fund established to help offset costs related to the construction of the state’s two large resort casinos.   The Wynn casino under construction outside Boston and the MGM casino that is being built in downtown Springfield are impacting traffic and parking.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will hold a town hall in Pittsfield this weekend. 

A poll found more than half of Massachusetts residents say they would pay an extra $10 a month on energy bills, if it led to a reduction in greenhouse gases.

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The National Weather Service says heavy rain and thunderstorms could result in flash flooding across parts of northern New England.

Fourth of July weekend events in Springfield, Massachusetts include a free concert by the acclaimed U.S. Army Field Band.

Children at school on a computer
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Massachusetts wants Conte Community School in Pittsfield to improve its accountability data.

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Eversource is closer to putting a dollar amount on how much more customers would be charged if the electric utility’s proposed rate hikes are approved.

Clark Art Institute

The Clark Art Institute’s next exhibit features Helen Frankenthaler’s inventive approach to the woodcut and pioneering abstract art on nature. 

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More than a ton of prescription medications have been safely disposed of since a drug takeback program started in western Massachusetts ten months ago.

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The number of immigrants seeking help in Berkshire County has grown tenfold in 20 years – and there’s only one center dedicated to assisting them. The center is now expanding.  

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces grant for lead program
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Officials in Burlington on Thursday announced that the city has received a federal grant to help remove lead paint in homes across the city.

     The city of Northampton, Massachusetts recently made new land purchases, including the only bog located in the city, to add to its acreage of permanently protected open space.

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Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum has received three grants totaling roughly $200,000 from Lenox, Massachusetts and the state.

A settlement has been reached between a former Berkshire Hills Regional School District counselor and three former students.  

Chief Jennifer Morrison
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Earlier this month, Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison became the first woman to be elected president of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police.   There is only one other female police chief in the state — at the University of Vermont Police Department.  Morrison says the 51-year-old organization has not been led by a woman before because there have been so few female police chiefs in the state.

Williams College

Williams College President Adam Falk is leaving at the end of the year. Falk is the 17th president in the private Williamstown college’s history. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen asked Falk about what he will do come January.

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More than a ton of prescription medications have been safely disposed of since a drug take back program started in western Massachusetts ten months ago.

This is a map of Massachusetts highlighting the town of Lenox.
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Friday marks the town of Lenox, Massachusetts’s 250th anniversary  – more on Lenox Day.

Jacob's Pillow is celebrating its 85th anniversary, but its new leader has been trying to change things up this year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Pamela Tatge about what’s going on this summer at the center for dance in Becket, Massachusetts. 

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