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The state’s tourism, arts and cultural development leaders discussed existing and new proposals in western Massachusetts before touring the Berkshires Monday. 


      Massachusetts loses an average of 42,000 jobs a year due to small business closings.

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Voters will decide in November whether to put the Town of Lenox, Massachusetts in charge of the historic library on Main Street. 

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State grants will allow homeowners in Readsboro and Wilmington, Vermont to access broadband internet. 

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott is asking for budget proposals from agencies for the 2019 fiscal year, but says spending cannot exceed 2018 levels.

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Elevated levels of toxin-producing bacteria have closed Burlington's North Beach.

The parents of a teenager accused of being involved in the near hanging of an 8-year-old biracial boy in New Hampshire insist what happened was a tragic accident and was not motivated by racism.

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Burlington, Vermont’s electric utility has issued a peak alert for Tuesday and is encouraging residents to reduce energy usage.

     Western Massachusetts, home to a large Puerto Rican population, is mobilizing relief efforts for the island that was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council is urging the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield to halt its planned art sale.

A new online course is available on human trafficking.

The Vermont Board of Education has approved a school district's merger proposal under Act 46.

A Vermont college that faced a $1.5 million deficit last year has cut staff members to balance expenses.

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A U.S. trade panel has found that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to U.S. solar manufacturers. The unanimous vote Friday by the International Trade Commission sets up the possibility that the Trump administration will impose tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from abroad.

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As controversy has swirled around a Pittsfield museum’s plan to sell parts of its permanent collection to fund a multi-million dollar expansion and future vision, a local state representative is supporting the institution’s leadership.


Ambulance services in Williamstown and adjacent North Adams, Massachusetts plan to merge. 

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Steps are being taken to turn the Connecticut home of artist Jasper Johns into a studio retreat. 

Prosecutors say no charges will be filed in the drowning death of a Vermont toddler who was in foster care.

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During her tour of northern Berkshire County Monday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey visited a new construction firm in North Adams that has tapped into the “tiny house” market. 

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Area residents are getting together for a rally, walk and vigil to raise awareness of opioid addiction and recovery Saturday in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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  Berkshire Medical Center nurses say they intend to strike in October after submitting a 10-day notice to the Pittsfield, Massachusetts hospital Friday.

Massachusetts has approved 14 new projects under its Economic Development Incentive Program. 

Two Native American tribes want a say in the cleanup of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and the future use of the land, which they say was the site of fishing grounds and settlements for their ancestors.

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Now wrapping up its 85th season, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts had a banner year.

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Police in Burlington, Vermont, say a man has been arrested after he pulled a large knife during a fight in City Hall Park.

Vermont's Refugee Resettlement Program has sent an application to the federal government to resettle 100 more Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Rutland.

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Vermont officials are scheduling a tour of the state to conduct hearings on public safety and law enforcement.

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A leading environmental advocacy organization has released a report outlining measures the country could take to increase renewable energy generation and cut greenhouse gases 80 percent by 2050.

Westfield State University has opened an investigation after a racial slur was written on student’s door on the Massachusetts college campus.

    A change in leadership is coming at a nonprofit economic development corporation in western Massachusetts.