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The owners of the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts have taken care of some of its debt. 

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A Vermont environmentalist who leads a group pushing for the cleanup of Lake Champlain says he's going to challenge Republican Gov. Phil Scott in next year's election as a Democrat.

Berkshire County could play a key economic role in renewable energy efforts in Massachusetts. 

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    The executive director of the second largest public housing authority in Massachusetts is retiring on August 1st after almost a decade leading an agency that had been rocked by a corruption scandal prior to his arrival. 

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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is defending its plan to sell 40 objects in its collection to pay for an overhaul of the museum and an endowment fund. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Van Shields about dispute, which involves criticism from national museum associations, other local cultural institutions, artists, and educators. The coalition is calling on Shields and the Berkshire Museum to halt the auction.

TED talks are back for a third summer in Berkshire County. 

National Grid wants to run another power line through seven towns in Western Massachusetts and New York. 

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Berkshire Medical Center nurses have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. 

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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is caught in a controversy about its plan to sell off part of its collection to pay for an overhaul of the museum and an endowment fund.

A special legislative commission in Massachusetts is recommending permanently legalizing daily fantasy sports, but holding off on sanctioning additional online gaming.

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  Cases of infants dying in their sleep are on the increase nationally.  The top law enforcement officer in one western Massachusetts county is joining with public health officials to urge new parents to follow the guidance for proper sleeping arrangements for children under 12 months.

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Berkshire Choral International is bidding farewell to its birthplace after 36 years. Saturday was the group’s last performance in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period on General Electric’s plan to remove PCBs from the Housatonic River in Western Massachusetts. 

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Two community schools in Pittsfield, Massachusetts almost lost their preschool programming due to a lack of funding. 

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More than twenty members of the local arts scene have sent a letter to the Berkshire Museum urging the Pittsfield attraction to stop its plan to sell collection items to fund an expansion. 

The state of Vermont says a company that owns a Bennington facility that once used the chemical PFOA has agreed to pay for a $20 million public water line extension to about 200 homes whose private water supplies are contaminated with the chemical.

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Officials say state budget cuts could hurt Western Massachusetts’ tourism economy. 

     The largest cities in Massachusetts are trying to slow down drivers on residential streets.

  The top transportation official in Massachusetts plans to review the service cuts planned by the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.  Local officials and advocates for bus passengers blame inadequate state funding for the cuts.

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The legislative aide to the late Massachusetts State Representative Gailanne Cariddi is running to fill the vacated seat. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Kevin Towle, a Democrat, about his decision to seek the 1st Berkshire District seat. 

    With an improved economy and lower unemployment rate, the second-largest school district in Massachusetts is looking to fill dozens of immediate job openings.

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Western Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds will visit the site of Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Pipeline expansion in Otis State Forest Monday.

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The owners of the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts have missed their deadline to pay outstanding tax revenue. 

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Massachusetts State Representative Smitty Pignatelli has been named the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture – a role last held by the late Gailanne Cariddi. Cariddi died in June after battling cancer. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Pignatelli, a Democrat from the 4th Berkshire District, about his new position. 

A job fair is taking place Monday to fill dozens of immediate openings in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.

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Police in Connecticut say more than 90 people were hospitalized during a concert featuring Chance the Rapper.

The architect responsible for MASS MoCA is pursuing another mill building in North Adams, Massachusetts to create a small business and art incubator. 

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Former North Adams Mayor John Barrett is re-entering politics. Having already led the western Massachusetts city for more than two decades, Barrett is running to fill the 1st Berkshire District House seat left vacant by the June death of Gailanne Cariddi. In an exclusive interview, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Barrett about his decision to run for the State House. 

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The top transportation official in Massachusetts plans to review the service cuts planned by the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.

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Cheshire, Massachusetts has formed a committee to find a new use of the town’s shuttered elementary school. 

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