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Governor Phil Scott delivers inaugural address 1-5-17
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The inaugural address by newly-installed Vermont Governor Phil Scott on Thursday emphasized fiscal stability and enhancing the economy with no new taxes or fees.  Reaction was mixed and followed partisan lines.


    There’s fallout from the surprise move by the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts to announce plans to hire a new fire chief.

farm produce
US Department of Agriculture

Massachusetts farmers are national leaders in direct sales to consumers, according to data from the first extensive national survey of local food sales.

Phil Scott takes the oath of office 1-5-17
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Vermont’s 82nd governor was sworn in Thursday afternoon.  Republican Phil Scott delivered an inaugural address stressing affordability.

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Police say a man who escaped from a Rhode Island detention center on New Year's Eve tried to rob a bank in Massachusetts right before he was captured.

Governor Phil Scott
Governor-elect's transition office

Republican Phil Scott was sworn in as Vermont's governor Thursday. Below is the transcript of his inaugural speech.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt
United States Library of Congress

Among other accomplishments, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is known for his first inaugural speech when he said the only thing to fear was "fear itself", his "Day of Infamy" speech to Congress the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and his many "fireside chats" to Americans over the radio. Seventy-six years ago this week, FDR delivered his "Four Freedoms" speech declaring freedoms of speech and worship and freedoms from want and fear. This Saturday in Pittsfield, Mass., those words will be remembered with a march and a rally.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Below is the full transcript of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin's farewall address to lawmakers.

This is a picture of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy

Here is the full transcript of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's State of the State address delivered on January 4, 2017.

Vermont will soon begin a three-year study of the state’s moose herd by capturing the animals and placing radio-collars on them.
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife via Vermont Fish and Wildlife

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is starting a multi-year study to monitor moose.

Maggie Hassan
New Hampshire Governor's office

Democrat Maggie Hassan has been sworn in as a New Hampshire U.S. senator, becoming only the second woman to serve as a state's governor and senator in American history.

Picture of marijuana plant
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192 Vermonters have been pardoned by out-going Governor Peter Shumlin for minor violations committed before the state decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.


      The elected board that oversees the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts held its first meeting of the year Tuesday.

Hampden County Sheriff Dept

The longest-serving elected sheriff in Massachusetts history officially retires Wednesday.

The Burlington Electric Department confirmed Friday that it had found on one of its laptops a malware code the U.S. government says is used by Russian civilian and military intelligence services.  The announcement set off a firestorm of speculation that Russians were attempting to hack into the nation’s utility systems.  But officials at the utility say much of the furor over the incident is overblown.

      There are clouds over the futures of the top public safety leaders in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Vermont Supreme Court building, Montpelier
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The Vermont Supreme Court will hear arguments this afternoon in a case that challenges outgoing Governor Peter Shumlin’s ability to appoint a new justice months before the position is actually vacated.

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Northern New England officials have scheduled their annual tri-state reciprocal snowmobile weekend.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

 Massachusetts Democrats are hoping to take a notch out of Republican Governor Charlie Baker's sky-high popularity numbers by linking him to Donald Trump's incoming administration. Baker says he will attend Trump’s inauguration later this month.

Elizabeth Warren

As more marijuana shops take root in states that have legalized the drug, they're struggling with a lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is looking to hear from veterans of all service eras about their exposure to toxic substances.

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A variety of new laws are set to take effect in Connecticut with the new year, including a higher minimum wage.

Picture of marijuana plant
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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill aimed at delaying the opening of marijuana shops by six months.

A Vermont electric utility has confirmed it found on one of its laptops a malware code the U.S. government says is used by Russian hackers.

Downtown Woodstock, Vermont
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A picturesque Vermont town that has provided a backdrop for early environmentalists, the Rockefellers and even the Budweiser Clydesdales is fighting to retain its charm.


A company that once used a chemical in a Vermont factory that has been found in local private water systems is now questioning whether it is responsible for the contamination.

"The Oxford Companion to Cheese"  book cover
Oxford University Press

A new book edited by a Vermont professor says cheese is far more than something slapped on a sandwich or sprinkled on top of a pizza.

An official with the Planned Parenthood Chapter that serves Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine says the organization received a large boost in donations following the presidential election.

Burlington Police car
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Police in Burlington, Vermont say they're trying to better reflect the community's demographics with their most recent round of hires.

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A Vermont judge has denied a motion from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics to either dismiss or stay the multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuit filed over chemical water contamination.