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Massachusetts marks a milestone of sorts today in the availability of medical marijuana. The first dispensary in the city of Boston is scheduled to open.

Nick Cave's "Until" is set to open October 15 at MASS MoCA.
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The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art announced Wednesday what pieces of art will fill its galleries and who will take over its stages this fall.

         Elected officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are still reviewing a proposal to set up the first medical marijuana dispensary in the city.

The Asian Tiger Mosquito can carry the Zika Virus. It's been detected in Connecticut.
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A day after receiving nearly $580,000 to prepare and respond to the Zika virus, Connecticut announced Tuesday an additional $400,000 is coming to the state to track birth defects from the virus.

Dakin Humane Society

An experienced leader in the animal welfare field has been hired as the new executive director at the Dakin Humane Society in the Pioneer Valley.  

Carmine  DiCenso started his new job at the organization Monday. He sat down Tuesday for an interview with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin marks the lifting of Pownal's "Do Not Drink" order August 1, 2016.
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says the state is looking to identify a new water source in Pownal after lifting a Do Not Drink order put in place because of chemical contamination.

Gov. Peter Shumlin in Pownal Monday.
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was in Pownal on Monday to mark the lifting of the “Do Not Drink” order for the town’s water, which had been contaminated by the industrial chemical PFOA.

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Construction is to begin next month on a new regional Catholic high school in western Massachusetts.


   Massachusetts casino industry regulators have approved payments to offset some harm that has been caused as a result of construction work that is under way on the $950 million MGM casino in downtown Springfield. 

The Asian Tiger Mosquito can carry the Zika Virus. It's been detected in Connecticut.
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Connecticut is receiving nearly $580,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track and protect citizens from the Zika virus. As of July 27, the state tested 491 people for the virus, which is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to birth defects.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
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Immediately following the mass killing of police officers in Dallas, Burlington, Vermont Police Chief Brandon del Pozo wrote impassioned comments on his personal Facebook page calling for “the cycles of violence and hate” to stop and for everyone to be a part of the solution.  The comments got national attention as the country once again grappled with a simmering debate over the role of police in our communities.

Del Pozo was hired as Burlington’s police chief last September.  He previously served in the New York City Police Department and during that time he spent two years as an Intelligence Officer for the NYPD in the Middle East.  He is an advocate of community policing and explains how the Burlington department is implementing President Obama’s 21st Century Policing recommendations.

The Massachusetts State House
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Massachusetts lawmakers worked late into the night Sunday to hammer out legislation and send it to the governor before their session wrapped up.

        The Massachusetts Gaming Commission this week is highlighting its efforts to combat problem gambling.

         A number of events and promotions are planned as part of Responsible Gaming Education Week.

         The informational and outreach efforts will focus on a voluntary bet-limiting system called “Play My Way” that was introduced two months ago at Plainridge Park, the only operating casino in Massachusetts.  


The Massachusetts Gaming Commission could decide Monday on requests for funds to mitigate problems caused by the construction of the MGM casino in Springfield.

A federal court ruling has cast uncertainty over the Massachusetts casino landscape.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin in South Burlington July 19, 2016
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will be in Pownal Monday to mark the lifting of the “Do Not Drink” order for the town’s water. Pownal is one of several Northeast communities facing PFOA contamination.

A citizens group believes the Community Preservation Act could help preserve St. Mary the Morning Star Church on Tyler St. in Pittsfield.
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Come November, Pittsfield could vote on whether to enroll in a program designed to preserve historic buildings and promote restoration.

   The Massachusetts legislature meets this weekend on Beacon Hill where lawmakers face a glut of bills and a Sunday night deadline.

After almost 30 years with the Springfield Regional Chamber, the last five as president, Jeff Ciuffreda is retiring. 

Rutland, VT
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Rutland’s mayor is proposing forming a "Resettlement Cabinet" to advise him on the process of bringing 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the city.  It’s a move that many hope will bridge a city increasingly divided over the issue.

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The Democratic National Convention has wrapped up in Philadelphia. Hillary Clinton accepted the presidential nomination last night and faces Republican Donald Trump in November. Clinton supporters were joined by those backing Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders during the four-day convention — many of them vocal.

Vermont Public Service Board member Margaret Cheney has announced she's stepping aside from a case in which cable giant Comcast is requesting a renewal of its state license.

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Police in Vermont say a car ended up almost vertical when the driver swerved quickly in response to her GPS ordering her to "turn around."

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The city of North Adams is calling attention to the fact that it lies along the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail by becoming an official A.T. community.

      IRS agents Thursday reportedly raided offices at two golf courses owned by the city of Springfield, Massachusetts as well as homes owned by the golf pro.

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The Lenox Planning Board has approved a proposal to expand and renovate the 105-room Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort under new ownership.

This is a rendering of wayfaring signs North Adams unveiled in October 2015.
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Home to MASS MoCA and a number of studios and galleries, the city of North Adams is one step closer to securing a cultural district designation for its downtown.

A solar array at Jiminy Peak ski resort in Hancock, Massachusetts developed by EOS Ventures. The company is also consulting on the Williamstown project.
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Williams College has stepped in to help complete a solar array project that has languished in Williamstown. Under the agreement with the town, Williams College will invest about $6 million to construct a 1.9-megawatt solar array on a capped landfill.

The Great Barrington Select Board has given the thumbs up to a medical marijuana dispensary in town.

Memorial Auditorium, Burlington VT
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Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium has been in disrepair for years.  Last fall, the Public Works Department and city engineers began inspecting its leaking roof, cracked support beams and rusty steel girders.  The mayor’s office has now confirmed that the city engineer deems the building unsafe for use or occupancy.