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     After 10 months of fact-finding, an ad hoc committee finds residents in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts to be largely satisfied with the police department.

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Dec 26, 2017
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is calling for a review of sexual harassment policies in Connecticut's executive-branch agencies in light of the spate of complaints that have been made across the country.

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The first prototype of new subway cars that will eventually be manufactured in western Massachusetts has been delivered to the greater Boston transit agency.

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Vermont police are hoping to reach drivers through a movie campaign to encourage them to buckle up.

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Connecticut's population isn't exactly booming — the Nutmeg State gained fewer than 500 people last year.

More than 100 pages of regulations have been proposed for the burgeoning marijuana industry in Massachusetts.

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A municipal cable advisory committee in southern Berkshire County is asking the Massachusetts Attorney General to intervene in an ongoing dispute with Charter Spectrum. 

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has cleared North Adams after it was mandated to test lead and copper in its water supply. 

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The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance is defending mailers it sent to Berkshire County residents earlier this month targeting Democratic lawmakers for supporting what it calls sanctuary policies. 

Proposals calling for a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, a sharp cut to the sales tax, and nurse staffing requirements in hospitals have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the 2018 ballot in Massachusetts.

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A working group reconvened again this week before the end of the year to discuss options for establishing seasonal weekend passenger rail service from the Berkshires to New York City. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with working group’s founder State Senator Adam Hinds, a Pittsfield Democrat, about its recommendation for reestablishing the long-dormant route.

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Williamstown and Williams College will fund a regional ambulance merger. 

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A shuttered Pittsfield, Massachusetts church is being sold to a firm that plans to create market-rate housing while trying to preserve its historic architecture. 

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    There is concern that confusion over the status of the federal Affordable Care Act could lead some people in Massachusetts to drop insurance coverage.

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The state attorney general has formally challenged the state Department of Public Utilities’ decision to cut Eversource’s electricity rate hike in Western Massachusetts by just 30 percent. The AG’s office is calling for further reductions.

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In advance of the opening next year of the MGM casino, the city of Springfield is planning an advertising blitz to promote the city’s assets to visitors.

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Berkshire County draws imaginative minds and artists from across the U.S. to explore and create in the region’s many gallery spaces and studios. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen recently spoke with Jessica Drenk, a Florida-based artist who was putting the final touches on her sculptures at CYNTHIA-REEVES in North Adams.

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During the Burlington City Council’s meeting this week, leaders passed a resolution to place a question on the Town Meeting Day ballot asking voters if the legal age to purchase tobacco products should be raised.

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Massachusetts residents who want coverage starting January 1st must enroll in health insurance through the Obamacare marketplace by Saturday. Poor and immigrant populations are having the most trouble signing up.

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    A special committee formed earlier this year to identify ways to improve relations between the police and the community in one western Massachusetts city may continue its work in 2018.

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A Springfield attorney has announced her campaign for the westernmost Congressional seat in Massachusetts. It will be difficult to unseat longtime Representative Richard Neal.

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      A nationally recognized initiative to improve children’s reading proficiency in Springfield, Massachusetts has put its results online. 

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The city of Burlington, Vermont, will pay $30,000 and change its housing policy in a settlement reached with a tenant who was evicted from his apartment after he made numerous phone calls to police for assistance from 2014 through 2016.

The owners of a Vermont distillery say they have been forced to close ahead of the holiday season because of an issue with their name change.

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It is coming down to the wire as city officials face an end of the year deadline to sell Burlington, Vermont’s telecommunications utility.  But at Monday night’s city council meeting, final approval of the sale of Burlington Telecom to Schurz Communications was delayed yet again.

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Eversource wants to delay its electricity rate hike in Massachusetts until February. 

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  The Baker administration is putting more financial support behind projects to build rental housing in Massachusetts.  Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced the latest awards in Holyoke today.

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Adams, Massachusetts planners are moving forward with a proposed medical marijuana bylaw. 

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Residents in Clarksburg, Massachusetts will vote this month on new zoning bylaws for marijuana and large-scale solar projects. 

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A Berkshire-based biotechnology entrepreneur accused of taking investor funds for personal use has been indicted by a federal grand jury. 

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