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Business leaders from western Massachusetts are on Beacon Hill today for meetings with top Baker administration officials and legislative leaders.

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Gearing up for an influx of visitors when the MGM casino opens and new trains start to arrive daily at Union Station, officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have unveiled plans for new directional signage. 

The city will install a system of wayfinding signage throughout the downtown to point toward  landmarks, public parks, and cultural attractions with estimated walking times to the destinations. Mayor Domenic Sarno, who announced the plans in the rain Tuesday, said downtown Springfield is a very walkable environment.

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently approved a 30-bed long-term recovery unit for people suffering from opioid and substance abuse addiction in Pittsfield. It will be the only unit of its kind in Berkshire County.

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A new poll suggests there is wide support for a so-called “millionaire’s tax” in Massachusetts.

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Dolly Parton, one of country music’s all-time superstars, is launching her first major tour in more than 25 years. The first leg includes stops in the region.

A new poll suggests there is wide support for a so-called “millionaires’ tax” in Massachusetts. Activists are pushing the idea as a way to raise more money for transportation and education.

More than three-quarters of the respondents to a poll that was taken in the greater-Boston area support the idea of a surtax on incomes of $ 1 million or more, so long as the additional revenue is earmarked for transportation and education.

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The regional transit authority is answering calls to shift a bus route in response to the closure of the Price Chopper grocery store in North Adams.

The North Adams School Committee is meeting tonight to discuss its two superintendent candidates.

A tornado recovery project in Springfield, Massachusetts has encountered some turbulence over possible property-takings by eminent domain. 

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The Berkshire Eagle

Four New England newspapers including The Berkshire Eagle are being sold to local investors who plan to increase news coverage and community engagement. The sale also includes The Bennington Banner, The Brattleboro Reformer and The Manchester Journal.

A tornado recover project in Springfield, Massachusetts has encountered some turbulence over possible property-takings by eminent domain.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and leaders of the state’s public education system are touting a new program they say could cut the cost of obtaining a bachelor’s degree by $5,000. 

The initiative is called the “Commonwealth Commitment.”  It was developed by faculty and administrators from the state’s community colleges, public universities, and the University of Massachusetts. 

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Spoke with Monica Perez interim vice president of Academic Affairs at Holyoke Community College.

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A 20-year-old Connecticut man is facing charges after authorities say he tweeted out a bomb threat during a Donald Trump rally Saturday.

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MGM, which is building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, has purchased the former central administration building of the city’s public schools.

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A Vermont lawmaker wants the Legislature to ask Attorney General William Sorrell to clear the governor's office to release emails possibly related to the EB-5 immigrant investor scandal.

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Chittenden County bus drivers and the Green Mountain Transit Board of Commissioners have reached a new collective bargaining agreement, with a new, five-year contract starting July 1.

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The Springfield Falcons are about to fly west for good.  The latest departure of a northeast American Hockey League team will leave Massachusetts without an AHL team for the first time since the 1950s.

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Over a thousand volunteers are expected to pitch in this Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts to help repair more than 60 homes.  It is part of multi-year effort to restore the housing stock in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States.  

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says a $200 million redevelopment plan for the site of a downtown mall would create 270 homes, 900 permanent jobs and new office and retail space as well as the tallest building in Vermont.

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One of two businessmen accused in what the Securities and Exchange Commission calls a "massive eight-year fraud scheme" involving developments in Vermont says he's confident he'll be cleared of any wrongdoing.

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The lawyer for a Vermont woman charged with killing a social worker and three of her own relatives last August after losing custody of her daughter says she's incompetent to stand trial.

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The Berkshire Eagle

Four New England newspapers including The Berkshire Eagle are being sold to local investors who plan to increase news coverage and community engagement.

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After roughly two years of work met by steady public and political opposition, energy company Kinder Morgan has suspended plans for a Northeast natural gas pipeline.

The Baker administration announced an initiative Thursday to make public higher education in Massachusetts more affordable. 

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A new $20 million federal grant will bring together scientists from a number of Vermont colleges and universities to study what makes some sections of the Lake Champlain watershed more resilient after extreme weather events.

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A recently completed renovation has recast the Berkshire Museum’s focus on the long history of innovation in the area.

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A proposed natural gas pipeline running through western Massachusetts is becoming an early point of contention between the Democratic candidates for the area’s state senate seat.

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A plan to build a worker cooperative greenhouse in western Massachusetts has received a boost with the announcement of purchasing commitments from several large institutions.

CareerPoint, a nonprofit based in Holyoke, Massachusetts, is marking its 20th year of helping job seekers and businesses in Hampden County with an anniversary gala tonight. 

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In an update to a story we brought you in March, an environmental activist from the Berkshires is completing his month-long canoe trip across Massachusetts today in hopes of raising awareness of the importance of clean water.

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