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A contentious proposal to build a Walmart Supercenter in Pittsfield was abruptly tabled at last night’s city council meeting.

An official in Amherst estimates the Massachusetts college town will have to hire two additional police officers and four emergency medical responders to prepare for the opening of retail marijuana stores. 

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Correction: This story originally reported that the attorney general was to testify in Springfield Wednesday. In fact, her office will offer testimony at the DPU hearing, not the attorney general herself.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey testified in Pittsfield Monday at a Department of Public Utilities hearing. Healey is challenging a request made by Eversource to raise its electricity rates next year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen has more on how it will affect Western and Central Massachusetts customers.

Senator Bernie Sanders (right) meets staff at the Champlain Islands Health Center
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Congress has begun its two-week Easter break and Vermont’s representatives are in the state discussing the issues.  On Tuesday Independent Senator Bernie Sanders toured the newest federally-funded health center in the state. Sanders discussed potential impacts the proposed Trump budget and renewed Republican efforts to repeal to the Affordable Care Act could have on community health centers.

Living Wage Week is being observed in western Massachusetts.

Congressman Peter Welch at St. Albans food shelf
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Congressman Peter Welch met with dairy farmers in St. Albans, Vermont, to discuss what he calls a "battle plan" for the upcoming farm bill which expires in 2018.

University of Vermont
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A $6 million gift will help the University of Vermont create a new institute designed to accelerate the school's longstanding commitment to the environment.

Dartmouth College campus
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The New Hampshire Supreme Court says members of a former Dartmouth College fraternity are not allowed to live in their house after the college banned the frat from campus.

Patricia Moulton
Vermont Technical College

At the end of March, the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees appointed Patricia Moulton President of Vermont Technical College.  She had been the college’s interim president since September and immediately began her tenure as president when the trustees made the announcement.  Moulton is the first woman to lead the college in its 150-year history.  Moulton previously served in state government, most recently as Secretary of  the Agency of Commerce and Community Development .  She says she felt this was the perfect next step in her career.

Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty has met with her STEM Advisory Board to lay out the priorities for this year. Esty convened the board in 2015 in an effort to grow STEM training and industries.

Stearns Square Park
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   The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has approved a $1.5 million bond to fix up a small downtown park that is at the center of a larger urban renewal push.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the state Department of Public Utilities needs to reset the balance between company profits and customer rates. 

Children at school on a computer
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The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee in Massachusetts has finally passed its budget for next year on the third try.

The leadership in the Massachusetts House has released a proposed $40.3 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts this July 1st. 

Police say a Vermont woman is dead after the car she was driving was hit by an Amtrak passenger train in the town of Colchester Sunday night.

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After a bill to raise the tobacco sale and use age to 21 in Vermont was tabled in the Senate, a cohort of cancer patients and survivors is holding an all-day meeting on anti-cancer policy in the state.

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Vermont legislators are considering proposals aimed at curbing the use of plastic shopping bags.

Stratton Mountain
Stratton Mountain

Colorado's Aspen Skiing Company and a private equity firm will buy the parent company of Vermont's Stratton Mountain.

The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts.
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The Berkshire Mall will lose yet another store, Payless ShoeSource, marking the second closure in the Lanesborough, Massachusetts shopping outlet in less than a month.

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee in Massachusetts will deliberate tonight how to keep all three of its school buildings open and add new positions – after failing twice before to approve its budget.

City of Pittsfield

The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has released a draft of its annual Community Development Action Plan, which outlines how federal grant funds will be used to address housing and community development needs for the next year.


Residents in seven different towns want an architectural evaluation of a 56-year-old school in Dalton, Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will testify tonight at a Department of Public Utilities Public Hearing in Pittsfield to challenge a request by Eversource to raise its electricity rates next year. 

Former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift
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Former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift will return to the Berkshires later this week for a speech on the Trump presidency. 

Stearns Square Park
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The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts is expected to vote Monday to authorize $ 1.5 million to fix up a small downtown park as part of a larger redevelopment push.

Rock of Ages granite quarry in Barre, Vermont
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Contract negotiations between two labor unions representing some workers at Vermont's largest granite manufacturing plant are about to start.

A lawsuit challenging Vermont's aid-in-dying law has been dismissed by a federal judge.

Berkshire Country Day School

Berkshire Country Day School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts has raised $3.2 million from capital campaign contributions to fund the opening of a new library and learning center, and music performance hall. 

A group of American workers was scheduled to depart Friday for China where they’ll be trained to manufacture subway cars in a new factory in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Downtown North Adams, Massachusetts
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Entries are now in for the 10th annual DownStreet Art project in North Adams. The jurors will start sifting through the applicants and commission 10 new community projects, performances and murals around the Western Massachusetts city. 

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