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      A new budget proposed to run the largest city in western Massachusetts would put more cops on the streets.

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May 9, 2017
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Pittsfield Police arrested a 21-year-old man Monday for a nighttime armed and masked robbery at a local bank. 

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Amid a request to the state Department of Public Utilities to raise its rates for the next four years, Eversouce has announced that Western Massachusetts will have lower electricity prices this summer.  

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The Pittsfield City Council is scheduled to discuss sanctuary policies adopted by the city’s police department. It’s the result of a citizens’ petition amid fears of increased federal immigration enforcement activity. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says up to 20 percent of children suffer from a mental illness at some point. 

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Massachusetts State Police arrested six more people who were blocking Kinder Morgan from cutting down trees in Otis State Forest on Saturday. The protestors want to stop a natural gas pipeline expansion. 

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is poised to release a new city budget.

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Massachusetts State Police say six protesters have been arrested for trespassing into restricted areas at a natural gas pipeline project.

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James White, the Provost and Dean of Southern Vermont College in Bennington, was recently named the next executive director of the Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with White to discuss his plans for the Adams, Massachusetts charter school.

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The Great Barrington Police Department has Berkshire County’s first to achieve full State Accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.

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Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center sent a petition to Berkshire Health System’s CEO and Board of Trustees on Friday, renewing calls for a fair labor agreement.  

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Springfield, Massachusetts Friday became part of national bird conservation program.

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The organization that oversees the electric grid in the Northeastern U.S. and Canada expects there will be adequate supplies of the power this summer.

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A common sight on the streets of many cities, the first bicycle taxies have appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Lee, Massachusetts is shutting down its local emergency dispatch center. It will switch to a countywide system instead. 

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A nonprofit wants to add relaxation techniques to the curriculum at Pittsfield Public Schools. 

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is planning to close a state highway bridge in western Massachusetts to vehicular traffic for a few hours this weekend.

Residents of Plainfield, Massachusetts will vote on a resolution at a Town Meeting Saturday to make their town a Pollinator-Friendly Community. 

MassDOT will close a state highway bridge over the Connecticut River to vehicular traffic for a few hours this weekend. It is not for emergency repairs, but to accommodate a street festival.

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As they kick off a 400-mile bike ride in honor of the victims of the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut lawmakers are calling on Congress to pass legislation to prevent gun violence. 

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Pittsfield has unveiled a new economic development strategy in an effort to attract more businesses to move to and stay in the Western Massachusetts city. 

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A common sight on the streets of many cities, the first bicycle taxis have appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts.

   An official with the public transit system in Hartford, Connecticut has been tapped to run the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.

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Residents of Great Barrington voted to approve a policy that makes the Western Massachusetts town a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. It’s the result of a citizens’ petition about fears of increased federal immigration enforcement activity. 

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, both Democrats from Connecticut, have announced legislation that updates the VA’s appeals process. 

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One day after urging vigilance among women who walk in the city following a spate of assaults, Pittsfield Police have made an arrest. 

Despite a flurry of activity and work remaining on a number of bills, the Vermont Legislature is targeting adjournment by the end of this week.

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Amid concerns about cuts to state and federal funding, five more cultural organizations are teaming up this summer to encourage Berkshire County residents and visitors to support the arts. 

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Massachusetts State Police arrested 18 people Tuesday who were attempting to block Kinder Morgan from cutting down trees in Otis State Forest. The activists were hoping to stop a natural gas pipeline expansion.

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The Northeast ski season, for the most part, has ended and people are now focused on planting gardens and swimming.  The season began strong, tapered off and then saw a resurgence of natural snowfall. Looking back, experts say the ski season appears to have been better than average for the region’s resorts.

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