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Massachusetts Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren are calling for federal regulators to act on the discharge of hazardous wastewater from a Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline test in Agawam. 

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A Lee, Massachusetts mill complex is one step closer to being redeveloped into affordable housing and retail space. 


    A cold weather response plan that seeks to get the homeless off the streets and into shelter has been extended through this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts.  A program to help end homelessness launched by city officials a decade ago means fewer and fewer people are in danger.

Senator Becca Balint
Vermont Legislature

Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his second State of the State Thursday. The Republican is calling for continued fiscal restraint.  Senate Majority Leader Becca Balint, a Democrat, was in the chamber in Montpelier. She says there are some areas where they agree, but she questions if the governor’s fiscal austerity policy is viable over the long-term.

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Governor's office

Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his second State of the State address to a joint session of the Vermont House and Senate this afternoon.  He renewed his call to keep the state affordable but tasked legislators to do that without raising taxes or fees.

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Savoy, Massachusetts has rescinded a decade-old wind power bylaw that allows for commercial wind power generation.

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State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier has endorsed fellow Democrat Jay Gonzalez for Massachusetts governor. 

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey expects to complete her investigation into the Berkshire Museum by the end of January.

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A winter snowstorm has engulfed much of the Northeast, and frigid temperatures are expected to follow this weekend.

The corporate rate under the new federal tax law will save Eversource’s western Massachusetts subsidiary millions of dollars. What does it mean for local ratepayers?

Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford

Connecticut is allocating $15 million to transit projects across the state.

State funds will be allocated to replace a dilapidated bridge in Cheshire, Massachusetts. 

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A doctor has found a man accused of killing his wife with a cleaver and critically injuring his mother-in-law competent to stand trial.

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Vermont lawmakers are back at the Statehouse in Montpelier for the 2018 legislative session.

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Burlington City Councilors have been considering a proposed new downtown streetscape plan.  But some councilors question if the plan would ban cars from the center city area.

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The Massachusetts Legislature is expecting a conference committee to issue recommendations on two different versions of a criminal justice reform bill this month. The bill seeks to end witness intimidation, reduce the threshold for felony larceny, limit solitary confinement and expunge the records of young people, among other issues.  WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with State Senator Adam Hinds, a Pittsfield Democrat, about the legislation following a recent tour of Berkshire County’s house of corrections.

Burlington City Hall
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During a recent meeting of the Burlington City Council, the panel heard a report on homelessness in the city and reviewed a possible ordinance on unruly behavior, which some considered related.

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New members of the Pittsfield and North Adams City Councils were sworn-in this week.

New Hampshire Statehouse
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New Hampshire lawmakers are starting the new year by finishing up old business.

Vermont firefighters quickly contained a fire that broke out in an apartment building in Montpelier in sub-zero weather on Tuesday.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
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Vermont lawmakers are back in Montpelier this week to begin the 2018 legislative session.

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The Georgia Mountain wind farm project in the Vermont towns of Georgia and Milton has a new owner.

Connecticut's Department of Labor is warning there may be delays in processing new unemployment claims. 


Massachusetts campaign finance officials are requiring a group that was funneling large donations to two 2016 ballot questions to disclose the identities of their donors.

Burlington City Hall
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During a recent meeting, the Burlington City Council debated whether a ballot question to approve a unified Regional Dispatch Center should be put before voters on Town Meeting Day.

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An environmental conservation and outdoor recreation organization in the Berkshires has a new president—just its third in its 50-year history. Jenny Hansell succeeds Tad Ames as president of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council


Alex Morse will be inaugurated Tuesday for a new term as mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford

Connecticut lawmakers are planning to return to Hartford the first week of January to restore funding to a program that helps tens of thousands of senior citizens cover Medicare-related expenses.


New Year’s Day begins a new legislative year in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

BCC Slates Turf Field Groundbreaking In May

Dec 31, 2017
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The groundbreaking for an artificial turf field at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is set for May, but a funding gap could change those plans.