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Lanesborough, Massachusetts is sticking with a single tax rate for residential and commercial properties in 2018. Taxes are going up across the board.

With changes coming to city hall, a proposed moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses in North Adams, Massachusetts is up in the air. Governor Charlie Baker signed a law this year allowing communities to opt out of recreational pot sales.

A Vermont man has been found not guilty on a charge that he sexually assaulted a woman in the bathroom of the state courthouse in Burlington just over two years ago.

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The Conservation Law Foundation, which has regional chapters in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, held a year in review teleconference Thursday to discuss environmental issues in the age of President Trump.

Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Under New Leadership

Dec 15, 2017
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An artist has been selected as the next executive director of Downtown Pittsfield Inc. With 209 member organizations, the nonprofit works to promote downtown businesses and foster professional development. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Cheryl Mirer about her role in the county’s largest city. 

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A group of western Massachusetts activists is home after participating in this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Conference in Oslo, Norway.

MASS MoCA Growing Into Expansion

Dec 15, 2017
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MASS MoCA is growing out of its teenage years and into its expanded campus in North Adams, Massachusetts. WAMC has more on the recent announcement of the cultural destination’s winter and spring programing.

   The stage is being set for a fight in Massachusetts’ highest court over whether a question on raising taxes on the rich can appear on next year’s ballot.

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A Vermont legislator says she plans to push a publicly-funded health care plan in the upcoming legislative year.

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Vermont continues to be among the national leaders in the number of volunteers it sends abroad to serve in the Peace Corps.

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The leaders of the Vermont House and Senate discussed the legislative priorities for the upcoming session with reporters in Montpelier today.

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In this segment from WAMC’s in depth look at infrastructure series, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports on how the largest municipality in western Massachusetts gets its water.

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An economic development agency in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is committing more funding to help the Berkshire Innovation Center open. 

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MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts has announced its performance lineup and art exhibitions through May. 

This has been a National Day of Action for critics of the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA. The critics, which include federal representatives from the region, want the current closed door renegotiations of the trade pact between the U.S., Canada and Mexico to be opened and are calling for labor-friendly provisions.

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An appeals court judge in Boston has extended an injunction halting the sale of art by the Berkshire Museum until the end of January. 

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The Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy has issued its third “Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy Education.”  Director and report author John Pelletier says that when the center was created, they wanted to understand what other states were doing to teach financial literacy.

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The studio residency program at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts is accepting applications from Puerto Rican artists affected by Hurricane Maria. 

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is disputing a report by the state auditor that concluded the state Department of Children and Families failed to report crimes against children to police. Baker, a Republican, said the report is irresponsible and relied on old data. The auditor, Democrat Suzanne Bump, says the governor is in denial. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, a Pittsfield Democrat, who says it’s time for Baker to step up.

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No one wants to pay higher taxes, but in the largest city in western Massachusetts, stable tax rates coupled with rising property values are seen as good news.

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Lee, Massachusetts voters will decide at a special town meeting in January where to site a medical marijuana dispensary. 

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The sale of Burlington Telecom was again on the Burlington City Council agenda Monday night as the panel works to finalize the sale of the cable and broadband utility.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has fired back at the Berkshire Museum, which calls the inquiry into the museum’s planned art sale meritless. 

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Farms in Berkshire County make up nearly 12 percent of all farmland in Massachusetts – which makes the farm-to-table movement a big deal for the regional economy. Area farmers are calling for something they say is glaringly missing – a slaughterhouse.

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The Berkshire Museum says the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office request to extend its inquiry into the Pittsfield museum’s controversial art sale is without merit. 

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Several town plow trucks were destroyed Sunday morning in a fire in Sandisfield, Massachusetts. A state Department of Public Works office in the area will handle plowing during tonight’s anticipated winter storm — and for the near future. 

The Boston Herald is declaring bankruptcy and has agreed to be sold to GateHouse Media.

The daily newspaper founded in 1846 announced Friday it filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in Delaware. Publisher Patrick Purcell didn't disclose the sale price but said the purchase is subject to court approval.

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Children can have a range of experiences in foster care. Legislation proposed this week in the Massachusetts House would require the state to search for every possible family member with whom a child could be placed before entering the foster care system. 

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office wants more time to investigate the Berkshire Museum’s controversial art sale. 

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The Vermont Progressive Party in Burlington is endorsing the stepdaughter of Senator Bernie Sanders in the race for mayor.

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