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Hampshire College

    Miriam Nelson, a health and nutrition scholar, scientist, higher education administrator, and government policy advisor, has been chosen as the next president of Hampshire College.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
Vermont Legislature

There are about three weeks left in the Vermont legislative session.  Vermont Senate Pro Tem Democrat/Progressive Tim Ashe notes that one of the latest items has come up in the wake of a teenager’s arrest for planning, but not implementing, a mass shooting at the Fair Haven Union High School.  Ashe says legislators are looking at whether they should revise criminal statutes to address when someone might attempt a felony. Ashe spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

An Amtrak train arrives at the station in Hartford,Ct
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Officials have announced a mid-June start date for new high-frequency, high-speed rail service between New Haven, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts.

Burlington Police car
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A report analyzing police traffic stops by race in Burlington, Vermont, finds that white and black drivers are just as likely to receive a warning instead of a ticket when stopped.

Cutout theft suspects
Burlington Police Department

Two women who took a life-sized cardboard cutout ad of a Vermont restaurant owner from an airport have sent a check to the bistro to pay for replacement costs.

Signs during Governor Phil Scott's gun bill signing 4-11-18
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The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, several gun dealers and a state rifle and pistol association have filed a lawsuit over Vermont's new gun law that bans high-capacity magazines.

BCC Opens Women’s Center

Apr 18, 2018
Josh Landes

Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield officially opened its new women’s center on Tuesday.

Massachusetts casino regulators have given MGM additional time to work on a development project that is part of the company’s deal with the state to build a resort casino in downtown Springfield.

Hampshire College

  The board of trustees at Hampshire College has picked a new president for the small liberal arts school. 

F-35
USAF

In the wake of Burlington city voters approving a resolution asking that the U.S. Air Force cancel plans to base the F-35 fighter jet at the Vermont National Guard base, two nearby city councils this week passed similar resolutions to forward to military officials.

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A world famous violinist with ties to the Berkshires performs in Great Barrington tonight.

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    A move by the University of Massachusetts Amherst to expand the flagship campus into greater Boston is being buffeted by headwinds. 

Justice Scales
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Prosecutors say a Massachusetts man fatally shot his ex-girlfriend during an argument when she came to his home to pick up their children.

Vermont prosecutors say no criminal charges will be filed against police officers involved in the January fatal shooting of a bank robbery suspect on the grounds of a high school.

Jack Sawyer
Vermont State Police

A judge has set $100,000 bail for a Vermont teenager accused in a school shooting plot that led to changes in Vermont's gun laws.

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    A facility to train nurses for the growing healthcare industry in western Massachusetts is expanding.

Berkshire State Rep. Discusses Budget, Elections

Apr 17, 2018
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State lawmakers in Massachusetts are working on a spending plan for the coming fiscal year and keeping a close eye on November’s elections.

PVTA buses at Union Station in Springfield
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   Public transit providers across Massachusetts are lobbying for more state aid. Without it, riders in many areas of the state will face cuts in bus service.

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Public health officials in Connecticut say there has been a spike in flu-related illnesses and hospitalizations.

City Of Rutland Fire Department Facebook Page

Rutland has appointed its new fire chief after a lengthy search.

A Canada Lynx
Dorothy Fesche / University of New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire scientists have discovered a previously undiagnosed parasite transmitted by ticks and a virus in the Canada lynx.

Some gun shops in New Hampshire border towns say they have seen an uptick in business since Vermont passed restrictions on gun ownership.

Jack Sawyer
Vermont State Police

Vermont's governor is urging state lawmakers to immediately change a law that drove the state Supreme Court to rule that a teenager accused of planning a massive shooting at his former high school should not be kept in jail.

Play With Berkshire Roots Wins Pulitzer

Apr 16, 2018
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A play that premiered in the Berkshires has won a Pulitzer Prize. 

Massachusetts State Police

      

        In the wake of the death of a Massachusetts police officer on Cape Cod last week there are calls for changing the state’s judicial system.  Those calls are being echoed by the mayor of Springfield, who has repeatedly called out judges he says are putting dangerous criminals back on the streets.

Josh Landes

The Bennington Museum is exhibiting a collection of local collections. 

The Massachusetts State House
Jim Levulis / WAMC

      The Massachusetts House will begin debate next Monday on a state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. 

Jack Sawyer
Vermont State Police

Some residents say their Vermont community is on edge after the state Supreme Court ruled that a teen charged with planning a shooting at his former high school should be granted bail.

A Vermont State Police report on handling officer-involved shootings recommends longer leave time before troopers return to active duty.

Hundreds of students protested at the Vermont Statehouse to demand more political action to combat climate change.

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