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       The first worker cooperative commercial greenhouse in Massachusetts is about to begin production on what was once a badly contaminated industrial site in Springfield.

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The yet-to-open Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art in L.A. has acquired Shuffleton’s Barbershop, a Norman Rockwell painting at the heart of the controversy surrounding the Berkshire Museum’s art sale.

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A Boston police captain's son who is accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a college campus to support the Islamic State group is expected to plead guilty.

An opioid abuse treatment bill cosponsored by Western Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal has cleared a hurdle in the House. 


The first worker cooperative commercial greenhouse in Massachusetts is set to open on what was once a badly contaminated industrial site in Springfield.


      With the scheduled opening of the first resort casino in Massachusetts less than 100 days away, MGM Springfield is holding more information sessions for job-seekers. 

A 70-year-old woman accused of manufacturing the deadly toxin ricin and testing it on fellow residents at a Vermont retirement community has pleaded guilty to possessing it.

Woodruff Hall at Castleton University
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Castleton University in Vermont has announced staff layoffs as part of an effort to close a $1.5 million operating loss.

Spirit of Springfield

    The show will go on. But, for the first time in more than 25 years, fireworks will not be launched over the Connecticut River on the Fourth of July in downtown Springfield.

     A suspended Springfield, Massachusetts police officer has been arrested for sexually assaulting a child.

Judith Knight, a private practice attorney from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, is running in this summer’s Democratic primary for Berkshire County District Attorney seat. It’s not her first time. In 2006, she ran against then-DA David Capeless. Now she faces his longtime second-in-command Paul Caccaviello, who was appointed to replace Capeless in advance of this year’s election. She’s also up against another Great Barrington attorney, Andrea Harrington. Below is a WAMC web exclusive where Knight talks about her 2006 bid against Capeless.

Egremont, Massachusetts police are looking for suspects after an attempted abduction.

New Hampshire Statehouse
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Organizers of an anti-death penalty coalition say they have delivered over 56,000 petition signatures to New Hampshire Republican Governor Chris Sununu, urging him to sign a bill that would repeal the state's capital punishment law.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed a bill Wednesday that sets up a mechanism to allow prescription drugs to be imported to the state from Canada. But such a program requires federal approval, and that’s up in the air.

A Look At Pittsfield Mayor’s Budget Proposal

May 17, 2018
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The mayor of Pittsfield has released her 2019 budget proposal for the city.

Josh Landes

As the primary campaign for Berkshire District Attorney ramps up, there are new details about longtime officeholder David Capeless’ abrupt retirement in February.

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

   Water is not something frequently associated with high tech. But, Massachusetts is home to a growing water technology sector. 


     For the first time in more than 25 years, there will be a new venue for the July 4th fireworks show in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Josh Landes

The three Democrats running for District Attorney in Berkshire County debated in Pittsfield last night.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
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Will Vermont lawmakers return for a special session next week? At his weekly press conference this afternoon, Vermont Governor Phil Scott discussed his move to call legislators back to Montpelier May 23rd. The Republican is promising to veto the-just passed state budget and property tax bill.

A long-running municipal labor dispute has finally be settled in the largest city in western Massachusetts. 


     Massachusetts officials have begun to weigh the pros and cons of legalized sports betting, along with the “hows” and “wheres.”    There are a lot of ramifications following Monday’s major decision by the Supreme Court that gave states the green light to consider legalizing waging on sports.

Windsor Elects New Selectman To 3 Year Term

May 16, 2018
Susan Edwards

Windsor, Massachusetts elected a new Selectman this week. 

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
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Saturday night, the Vermont Legislature adjourned despite Governor Phil Scott’s promise to veto the just-passed budget and property tax bills.  Late Tuesday the governor sent a letter to the House Speaker and Senate Pro Tem notifying them that a special session would begin next Wednesday, May 23rd.  During a conversation earlier Tuesday, Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe, a Progressive/Democrat, expressed strong disagreement with the governor’s recent actions.

A nonprofit North Adams gallery held an affordable art auction Tuesday night.


Nevada and five other states are filing new lawsuits accusing a Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths.

VT Gov. Phil Scott
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Republican Gov. Phil Scott says he plans to call lawmakers back to the Statehouse next week to prevent what he says is an unnecessary property tax increase on Vermonters.

   Massachusetts officials are weighing the pros and cons of legalized sports betting after the U.S. Supreme court gave state’s the green light to consider it. 


    Additional taxpayers’ money will be used to cover the costs to operate Springfield’s Union Station in the first year since it reopened. 

Vermont Statehouse 2018
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The Democratically-controlled Vermont Legislature adjourned late Saturday despite state budget and property tax bill veto threats from the Republican governor.