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Western Mass. Lawmakers Propose Ways To Spend Money Recouped From GE
In the wake of General Electric's decision to downsize plans for its Boston headquarters and return $87 million to Massachusetts taxpayers, a State Senator has filed a bill to redirect the funds.
Feb 19 9:01PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Notice Campaign Seeks To Reach Thousands Of Wrongfully Convicted Drug Lab Defendants
An unprecedented effort began in Massachusetts this week to notify tens of thousands of people that they were wrongly convicted as a result of two drug lab scandals.
Feb 19 8:44PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Bernie Sanders Officially Enters 2020 Presidential Race
Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has officially entered the 2020 race for president, taking a second shot at the White House.
Feb 19 5:40PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

State Funds A Two-Generation Approach To Workforce Development
Massachusetts is funding an experimental program in Springfield to help lift families out of poverty through a different approach to job training.
Feb 19 3:40PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Central CT State Univ. To Celebrate New Academic Complex
Central Connecticut State University is celebrating the opening of a $63 million complex designed to improve academic and support services for its students.
Feb 19 10:17AM WAMC-Mass/VT News

VT Bill Would Direct Providers To Follow Pain Medication Guidelines
A bill has been proposed in the Vermont House to make sure that health care providers follow guidelines for prescribing opioid pain medications to reduce the risk of a patient becoming addicted.
Feb 19 9:55AM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Central District Democrat Jared Carter Discusses Campaign For Burlington City Council
There are four city council seats up for election in Burlington on Town Meeting Day next month. The Democrat running in the Central City district race is an attorney who leads the Vermont Community Law Center and teaches at the Vermont Law School. Jared Carter tells WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that economic justice issues are key to his Burlington Leads platform.
Feb 17 5:30PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

New Pittsfield Group Vows To Tell A New Story For The City
A new group in Pittsfield, Massachusetts says it will working to rehabilitate the city's narrative.
Feb 17 11:00AM WAMC-Mass/VT News

South District Independent Paco DeFrancis Discusses Campaign For Burlington City Council
Town Meeting Day is coming up soon in Vermont, and a number of candidates are running for the four open seats for the Burlington City Council. Financial analyst Paco DeFrancis is a native Vermonter who moved to Burlington about three years ago after he graduated from college. The Independent candidate tells WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he's running because he's seen too many of his peers leave Burlington.
Feb 16 5:30PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Casino Mitigation Funds Sought For 'The Loop' Bus Service
Massachusetts casino regulators are being asked to help fund the expansion of a free bus service linking the MGM Springfield casino with the city's hotels and cultural attractions.
Feb 16 3:13PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Hampshire College Faculty Facing Dire Future
With layoffs looming, faculty members at Hampshire College are rallying together.
Feb 15 11:00PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Massachusetts Bar Owners Form Group To Lobby For Place In Sports Betting
As Massachusetts considers legalizing sports betting, bar owners want in on the action.
Feb 15 9:46PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Big Y To Close Store In Adams, Lay Off Workers
A supermarket in Berkshire County is closing, laying off around 90 workers. WAMC's Josh Landes has more.
Feb 15 8:04PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

1Berkshire Unveils New Economic Development Plan
An economic development group in Berkshire County has unveiled a new regional strategy for the first time in 12 years.
Feb 15 6:23PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Opioid Overdose Deaths Decrease In Chittenden County
In 2013, Vermont began tracking the number of opioid overdose related fatalities in the state on a county-by-county basis. Officials in Chittenden County, Vermont's most populous, announced Thursday that there was a significant drop in overdose deaths last year.
Feb 15 5:25PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Springfield Diocese Reports Increase In Clergy Sex Abuse Claims In 2018
Fifteen cases of alleged clergy sex abuse were reported to the Springfield Roman Catholic diocese in 2018, the highest number of claims since 2004.
Feb 15 5:07PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Annual Dead Of Winter Jam Benefits Berkshire Food Pantries
Rev Tor has been a fixture of the Berkshire County music scene since the early 90s. On Friday, February 22 nd , he'll lead a Grateful Dead Tribute band at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The 8 th annual Dead Of Winter Jam is also a benefit for local food pantries.
Feb 15 3:00PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Ex-MA Gov. Weld To Challenge Trump For GOP Nod
William Weld, a former Massachusetts governor who ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2016, became the first Republican to take a serious step toward challenging President Donald Trump in 2020.
Feb 15 2:17PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Charges Against Officers In Bar Fight Renew Questions About Supervision Of Springfield Police
The announcement of criminal charges this week against five police officers in Springfield, Massachusetts again raised questions about supervision and discipline in the city's police department.
Feb 15 1:57PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Berkshire Community Radio Alliance Finds A New Home
A community radio station in Berkshire County has found a new home. February 1st, WBCR signed a lease on a new studio in downtown Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The low-power FM station - also known as the Berkshire Community Radio Alliance - will enjoy a major visibility upgrade from a basement to the main strip of the Southern Berkshires' largest community.
Feb 14 11:00PM WAMC-Mass/VT News