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Pittsfield is moving closer to enacting an ordinance designed to implement the city’s recently adopted affirmative action policy.

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With Vermont homebuyers paying higher closing costs than the national average, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency is launching a new down payment assistance program this week.

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The three mayoral candidates in North Adams met for a healthcare-focused forum last night, one week before the race’s primary.


The 5th largest fair in North America opens its gates to the public this Friday morning in western Massachusetts.  The Eastern States Exposition, the Big E, is counting down to its centennial year in 2016.  The Big E has experienced record-setting attendance during its 17-day annual run since Gene Cassidy became president of the Eastern States Exposition in 2012.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Cassidy at the fairgrounds in West Springfield.

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Berkshire Health Systems continues to expand services at the former North Adams Regional Hospital. A dialysis center will open next summer supported by a nearly $2 million investment from the healthcare provider.

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This was one of the busiest weeks in Vermont politics since election day, all dating back to Vermont Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin’s June announcement that he would not run for re-election.  That has resulted in a number of candidates announcing their candidacy for 2016.  Vermont Republicans are hopeful that they have a solid chance to take back the top seat. Retired Wall Street businessman Bruce Lisman and Vermont Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott have already entered the GOP field, and several others are considering running.  Phil Scott has already picked up a key supporter – former Governor Jim Douglas, who served from 2003 through 2011.  Douglas explains to WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he is already supporting Scott.

Vermont Agency of Transportation

Today is the last day of work for Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Sue Minter, who announced her resignation on Thursday. That’s because Minter is the latest to join the growing field of gubernatorial hopefuls. A member of the administration since 2011, Minter is looking to succeed fellow Democrat Peter Shumlin, who is not seeking a fourth term. Minter joins House Speaker Shap Smith and former state legislator Matthew Dunne in the Democratic field. Minter tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley she’s ready for higher office.

Released a day before Rutland proclaimed itself the solar capital of New England, a new report prepared for the Vermont Department of Public Service indicates that Vermont's clean energy economy is surging.


Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today announced funding awards for rental housing development across the state and highlighted a pilot program to open new preschool classrooms.  He did both during a visit to Holyoke. 

Baker announced funding to build or preserve almost 1,500 apartments at 23 projects in 15 communities across the state. He made the announcement at one of the sites chosen—Lyman Terrace, a 76-year-old, 167-unit public housing complex in downtown Holyoke, where tenants fought a plan a few years ago to demolish their homes.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy took part in a U.S. and Chinese climate change summit in Los Angeles Tuesday.