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Vermont's Killington ski resort has signed a deal to host the Ski World Cup for the next two years.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam recognizes veterans on the 70th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attacks on Hickam Field
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More than 120 House Representatives want the leaders of a House Veteran Affairs subcommittee to not cut federal funding to veteran suicide prevention and outreach programs. 

Standing from left as they are sworn in are Joan Shannon, David Hartnett, Jane Knodell and Richard Deane
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Monday evening’s meeting of the Burlington City Council was its “Organization Day” — the time when newly elected and re-elected city council members are sworn-in and a council president is selected.

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A community campaign to improve early child literacy in Springfield, Massachusetts has won national honors.

The woman accused of sending death threats to a man whose 6-year-old son was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, has been arrested after failing to show up in court.

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Although crime is down in the largest city in western Massachusetts, the head of the Springfield Police Department is hiring more officers and looking for an increase in the next city budget.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger delivers State of the City address
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The mayor of Vermont’s largest city delivered his sixth State of the City address Monday night.  Miro Weinberger said Burlington is a strong and vibrant community as he outlined five goals for the next year.

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The NAACP Berkshire County Branch protested Friday against mass incarceration and for criminal justice reform in Pittsfield. It was in preparation for a larger discussion this week in Springfield. 

Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump speaks with WAMC in 2014.
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     Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump released an audit Monday that flagged problems with how the state’s health insurance program for the poor paid claims for behavioral health services.  The people who run the state’s Medicaid program dispute the audit’s conclusions.

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Vermont State Police say alcohol likely was a factor in a car chase that reached speeds of 105 mph before ending in a fiery crash.

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A non-profit group that works with homeless people in Vermont's largest city has a new location where adults can drop in during the day to receive a variety of services.

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A Vermont lawmaker will resign his seat in expectation of being deployed with the U.S. Naval Construction Battalions.

A treatment area in the emergency room at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA
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    A new government report underscores the challenge facing public health officials in Massachusetts as the opioid addiction crisis continues to grip the state.

Vermont AG T.J. Donovan (left) announces VW settlement with House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, ANR Commissioner Julie Moore and Assistant AG Robert McDougall
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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Friday that the state has received one of its largest ever environmental settlements as he discussed Vermont’s share of a $157 million settlement with Volkswagen.

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Williams College will host a climate change roundtable next week to suss out how to communicate climate science in a post-fact world.

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Two dozen House Representatives have called for increasing federal funding to promote safe drinking water.

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The Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has been awarded a $2,500 grant to help underwrite tickets for families and children in need.

    An additional murder charge has been brought against two people accused of a home invasion last fall in the rural Massachusetts town of Orange.

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A venerable nonprofit housing developer in western Massachusetts has announced a name change and plans for an expanded role in community development.

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Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty introduced legislation Thursday to expand the current Veteran Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to veterans of all service eras. 

MASS MoCA Kicks Off High Mud Comedy Festival

Mar 31, 2017

MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts kicks off its High Mud Comedy Festival tonight with local and touring comedians, beer tasting and comical museum tours.  

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The NAACP Berkshire County Branch in Pittsfield, Massachusetts will protest against mass incarceration and for criminal justice reform on Friday afternoon. 

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The reconstruction of the City of Pittsfield’s First Street Parking Lot in Western Massachusetts is set to begin next week. Nearly half of the people who park there will have to go park somewhere else.

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         A hallmark event in western Massachusetts is being put on for the 30th consecutive year this spring.

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Massachusetts State Representative Gailanne Cariddi of North Adams has  announced $1.8 million in Chapter 90 funding to help municipalities in her district fix roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects.

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts plans to launch an active beekeeping program on its campus to help grow the native bee population. Last year, the bees were placed on the endangered species list. 

   The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts said he spoke with White House officials Thursday about federal plans for infrastructure projects. 

This is a picture of Norman Rockwell's painting "Freedom From Want"
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The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts is launching an internationally touring exhibition based on Rockwell’s interpretation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms.” The tour also will feature new immersive virtual reality in an effort to woo the next generation. 

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, has called for more funding for skills training in defense manufacturing. 

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During a citywide alert phone call, Lieutenant Gary Traversa said the ShotSpotter has the potential to speed up police response time. That is once it’s fully installed.  

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