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A Vermont company that produces and manages digital products for the auto industry is laying off 45 employees from its Burlington headquarters.

The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services has notified Vermont officials that it intends to close the state's EB-5 immigrant investor regional center. It comes following millions of dollars in alleged fraud at Jay Peak Ski Resort involving the program — and as the state issues a report recommending the office be gradually closed.

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Congressman Richard Neal, the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, will discuss tax reform in Williamstown, Massachusetts in September.

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Thousands of people attended solar eclipse viewing parties around the Northeast Monday. WAMC joined students at Berkshire Art and Technology Charter Public School in Adams, Massachusetts who took in the sight on the first day of the school year.  

Bicknell's Thrush incubating a nest on Stratton Mountain,Vermont
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The Bicknell’s Thrush summers on the highest peaks of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains.  A new study released by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies has found their population is one of the smallest of any migratory songbird in the U.S. and Canada.

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The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is holding a public hearing in Torrington next week about its draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy. Kinder Morgan’s natural gas pipeline expansion is likely to come up.

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Seeing no end to the conflict, North Adams, Massachusetts plans to add to its Veterans Memorial Wall the names of anyone who has served in the military since 9/11.

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Vermont police are concerned about a Burlington-area park and a rise in confrontational incidents, and are ramping up outreach efforts to prevent any potential violence.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott and other state officials have launched Vermont Clean Water Week to highlight efforts to clean up water in the state such as Lake Champlain and to celebrate the state's waterways.

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Crime is down in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. That’s according to a city analysis released this month. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down today with Mayor Linda Tyer, who says the report is encouraging, especially considering the opioid crisis.

A group of Latino parents has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Massachusetts and the Holyoke school system alleging discrimination for failing to provide adequate translation of educational documents for parents with limited English proficiency.

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Alford, Massachusetts is receiving $480,000 from the state for high-speed broadband internet. 

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The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate dropped slightly, to 3.1 percent, in July.

Great Barrington Town Hall

Great Barrington, Massachusetts has approved a sewer rate hike. 

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Renovating the school in Clarksburg, Massachusetts may not cost as much as initially estimated. 

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Massachusetts isn’t holding a sales tax-free weekend this year, but that’s not stopping retailers in Lenox from trying to lure back-to-school shoppers. 

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A Vermont police chief says he stepped down from his position for medical reasons, but documents show he was suspended shortly beforehand amid concerns about how the department was being run.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's new spending plan would eliminate state education aid to 85 school districts and cut school aid to another 54 cities and towns, if the state budget impasse isn't resolved by next month.

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A New Fairfield, Connecticut resident federal immigration officials told to leave the country later this month has been granted a stay of deportation.

Newton Mayor Setti Warren, a Democratic hopeful for Massachusetts governor, made stops in the Berkshires this week. 

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The Massachusetts Nurses Association is opposing the state Attorney General's decision not to penalize the leaders of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital for failing to provide adequate public notice of their plan to close the facility in 2014. 

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Starting in Hancock, Massachusetts, veterans began marching across the state today to bring awareness to a difficult issue: suicide among vets.

Senator Patrick Leahy
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy was the keynote speaker today at the Northeast Regional IDeA Conference.  More than 300 biomedical researchers from Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware and Vermont are in Burlington for the National Institutes of Health-sponsored meeting.  Senator Leahy says cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget are extremely dangerous to researchers.

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     The Massachusetts State Police have a new division focused on combating threats to the state from extremists and drug traffickers.

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University of Vermont

More than 300,000 historic and rare plant specimens dating back to the mid-19th century were housed on the top floor of Torrey Hall on the University of Vermont campus.  The building was gutted by fire on August 3rd, and researchers initially worried heat and water would destroy the Pringle Herbarium.  Most of the collection was protected by specially designed cabinets obtained in 2014 from the National Science Foundation. Firefighters also covered the cabinets to further protect the Pringle Herbarium.  There was some damage to material outside the cabinets. Herbarium curator and chair of UVM Plant Biology Department Dr. Dave Barrington says the recovery of the specimens is going well.

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The 7th annual Berkshire Bike-N-Fly fair kicks off Saturday in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

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Neighbors of the historic Elm Court property in Lenox will appeal the Massachusetts Land Court’s decision to uphold a special permit granted to build a $50 million resort. 

A Vermont man is charged with spraying liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement.

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More mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

A Vermont man has been fired from his job after participating in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.