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Following hours of debate, the Vermont House gave final approval to a package of gun ownership restrictions Tuesday night.

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Today marks the fourth anniversary of the sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

        The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is threatening the tax-exempt status of a church because an undocumented immigrant is being sheltered there. 

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Pittsfield’s City Council debated parking payments at its meeting Tuesday night.

   Big changes are expected in Springfield, Massachusetts beginning later this year.

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The Burlington, Vermont City Council approved a resolution Monday night on the controversial plan to base F-35s in the city. The council voted to forward the Town Meeting Day ballot item requesting the Air Force cancel the basing of fighter jets at the Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.

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A recent rash of unfounded threats of school violence brought a stern warning today from a top law enforcement official in western Massachusetts.

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is questioning the tax-exempt status of a church that is sheltering an undocumented immigrant.

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A proposed passenger rail line from New York City to Berkshire County took a big step forward Monday.

Marijuana won’t be legally sold in the largest city in western Massachusetts until at least the end of September.

Emerald Ash Borer
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An invasive pest that's killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America has been found in three more Vermont towns since it was first discovered in the state last month.

Vermont legislation that would make it easier to take guns from suicidal people and perpetrators of domestic violence could reach the governor's desk by the end of the week.

Josh Landes

Thousands of people in our region took part in rallies against gun violence over the weekend. Two high schoolers from The Berkshires attended the March For Our Lives march in Washington, D.C.

    Industries in Massachusetts are regularly releasing chemicals, beyond legal limits, into rivers and streams, according to a new report from the Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center.

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    Activists say an undocumented immigrant facing deportation to Peru and separation from her American-born children and husband has been given sanctuary in a church in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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The three Democratic candidates running for governor of Massachusetts convened for a forum in Pittsfield Sunday.

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Pittsfield’s main transportation hub will play host to a unique concert this weekend.

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Scandals have engulfed the Massachusetts State Police.  

Burlington City Hall Park
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Officials in Burlington, Vermont have unanimously approved a plan to remove trees in decline at the downtown park.

Vermont is now the only state to have never sent a woman to Congress.

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The Southern Berkshire Regional School District has tabled a decision to begin closing two schools. 

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is temporarily shutting down for three days.

Jacob’s Pillow Swings Into Year-Round Schedule

Mar 22, 2018
The entrance sign at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Jacob’s Pillow has been a seasonal dance center for more than eight decades. Now, it’s becoming a year-round venue. 

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The town of Bennington has reached an agreement with a developer to put up buffer zones to shield a 2.2-megawatt solar installation from the view of nearby businesses.

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Vermont state officials say they are working as hard as they can to replace cellphone service, including the ability to call 911 from a mobile phone, which is likely to be lost soon in some rural areas of the state.

A Vermont National Guard spokesman says the last of five soldiers hospitalized after being caught in an avalanche during a training exercise has been released from the hospital.

Lighting Group Seeks To Brighten Pittsfield

Mar 21, 2018
Berkshire Lightscapes Project https://www.patronicity.com/project/dynamic_lightscapes_in_downtown_pittsfield#!/

Organizers hope a project in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts will shed a whole new light on the city. 

Woodruff Hall at Castleton University
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The Castleton Polling Institute, the only independent polling center in Vermont, will cease operations as Castleton University restructures the campus budget.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont’s Secretary of State appeared before a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday to discuss election cyber security.

Western Mass Politics and Insight

     A key committee of the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has endorsed spending taxpayers’ dollars on a marketing campaign intended to highlight the city’s assets.

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