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Connecticut has received $450,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to remediate Brownfield sites, but Democrats from the state warn the program is in jeopardy. 

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Pittsfield lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a $156 million operating budget. 

      A bill to allow construction of a third tribal casino in Connecticut cleared the legislature early this morning meaning the yet-to-open MGM Springfield casino could face a competitor just a few miles away down Interstate 91. 

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Connecticut lawmakers approved most of a legislative package early Wednesday that could lead to a new tribal casino being built in East Windsor, a move that came hours after a multifaceted deal was reached that includes more off-track betting parlors in the state.

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A $30 million settlement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following the June 1, 2011 tornado in Springfield, Massachusetts is paying for three construction projects.

A former National Guard armory building is being converted for use by the police department. A brand new senior center is being built. And, a brand new neighborhood center is being constructed to replace one destroyed by the storm six years ago. 

Each of the buildings, when finished, will benefit people throughout the city. 

Berkshire County has received $1.1 million from the Environmental Protection Agency to remediate sites in the region.

  State tax collections in Massachusetts were up in May, reversing a months-long trend of revenue coming in below projections.

Burlington, Vermont’s mayor has joined more than 200 others in signing an open letter declaring that they will continue to support the Paris Climate Agreement after the president promised to pull the U.S. out.

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The first candidate hoping to replace retiring North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright has emerged. The mayor announced last week that he would not seek a fifth term. 

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Massachusetts Senator Adam Hinds hosted a roundtable with state Senate President Stan Rosenberg on Friday in Pittsfield. The focus was how the Berkshires can overcome economic limitations.

  The fifth anniversary of the murder of a Springfield police officer was observed quietly in the western Massachusetts city Sunday.  The city’s mayor reflected on the dangers police face in their day-to-day work and he urged passage of a state bill he believes would support the police.

The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts will vote Monday on a contract for city firefighters that contains the toughest residency requirement in the state.

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Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has joined a bipartisan group that is calling for federal resources to combat opiates – especially as a new deadly one hits Connecticut streets. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with the Democrat about what he calls a growing epidemic.

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This Sunday, June 4th, marks the fifth anniversary of the death of a police officer in the line of duty in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The governors of four New England states, including two Republicans, are joining a bipartisan coalition of states committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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A new era began today at a renowned military base in western Massachusetts.

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  North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright announced Thursday he is not seeking re-election. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Alcombright to see what’s next for the four-term mayor.

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     The first museum dedicated to the life and work of revered children’s book author and illustrator Theodore Geisel – better known as Dr. Seuss -- opens to the public Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds is hosting Senate President Stan Rosenberg Friday in Pittsfield for a day of events.

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Eversource plans to scale back its proposed rate hikes in Western Massachusetts. The adjustment will still mean an increase for ratepayers.

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Connecticut’s Congressional delegation has announced nearly $4 million in funding for AmeriCorps members in the state. 

Vermont has a new law that seeks to promote racial justice in the state.

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North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright announced Thursday he is not seeking a fifth term. 

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The New Hampshire House has voted to remove criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

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Residents in Lenox, Massachusetts are concerned about the traffic and security that would accompany a proposed medical marijuana facility. 

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This week, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger celebrated the completion of the first phase of rebuilding the city’s 8-mile Bike Path.  After he cut the ribbon near the Lake Champlain shoreline, he discussed a number of initiatives the city is undertaking including waterfront improvements.

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Taconic High School in Pittsfield was evacuated Wednesday morning after a ventilation system failed and smoke filled a wing of the facility. 

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Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have declined what Berkshire Health System calls its “best and final” offer for a new contract. 

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It’s Shakespeare & Company’s 40th season, and the Lenox, Massachusetts theatre troupe has already hit the stage. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Artistic Director Allyn Burrows about the summer lineup.  

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Officials in Vermont’s largest city marked the completion of Phase One of the rehabilitation of the Burlington Bike Path and provided an update on the next phase of its construction today.

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