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Forced School District Mergers Sparks Backlash
Efforts to force school districts to merge their boards and budgets in Vermont a rural state with declining enrollment and rising education costs have sparked backlash with more than 20 communities planning to take legal action.
Dec 5 3:40AM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Top Officer Of Vermont National Guard Plans To Retire
The Vermont National Guard's top officer says he will retire next year.
Dec 5 1:30AM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Education Officials Review College Completion Rate Study
Officials from The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and the Vermont State Colleges system hosted a summit today to discuss the results of a study that tracked students from the class of 2012 to determine if they completed college and how long it took.
Dec 4 11:15PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

With State Help, Bald Eagles Have Made A Comeback In Massachusetts
More 30 years after wildlife officials in Massachusetts launched a program to bring the bald eagle back to the state, the population appears to be steadily growing.
Dec 4 9:32PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

George HW Bush Remembered In Massachusetts, His Home State
President George H.W. Bush had a lot of connections to New England.
Dec 4 8:53PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Legislative Caucuses Prep For Session Choosing Leadership Positions
Newly elected Vermont legislators have been participating in orientation sessions and parties are caucusing in Montpelier to choose their nominees to lead the House and Senate in the next session. Over the weekend, House Democrats met and re-nominated the current Speaker for a second term.
Dec 4 6:50PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Harrington Attending Progressive Prosecutor Conference With Houston DA
This week, Berkshire District Attorney-elect Andrea Harrington is heading to Houston, Texas. She's attending a Fair and Just Prosecution conference hosted by Harris County DA Kim Ogg. The organization works to create a network of progressive prosecutors, saying it brings together newly elected local prosecutors who are committed to fairness, equity, compassion and fiscal responsibility.
Dec 4 5:00PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Serial Nor'easters' Produce One Of The Wettest Falls Ever In New England
With farm fields soaked and basements flooded, this was one of the wettest autumns on record in New England.
Dec 3 9:14PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Springfield City Council To Take Final Votes On Ordinance To Protect Immigrants
Ignoring a veto threat from the mayor, the City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts plans to take final votes tonight on an ordinance to ban city employees from asking people about their immigration status.
Dec 3 7:51PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

After 15 Years, North Adams Police Director To Retire In 2019
The top cop in North Adams, Massachusetts is retiring in early 2019.
Dec 3 5:44PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Justin Hurst To Be Next Springfield City Council President
The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts will have a new president in 2019.
Dec 3 4:48PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Lockout Of Gas Workers To Be Focus Of Legislative Hearing
Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would require National Grid to provide health insurance to locked-out gas workers and prohibit public funds from flowing to the company until the labor dispute ends.
Dec 2 3:55PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Springfield City Council To Take Final Votes On Ordinance To Protect Immigrants
Ignoring a veto threat from the mayor, the City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts plans to take final votes Monday on an ordinance to ban city employees from asking people about their immigration status.
Dec 2 3:03PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

EPA To Hold Public Meeting On Housatonic Cleanup Mediation
The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public meeting in the Berkshires Monday.
Dec 1 11:00AM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Senator Bernie Sanders Delivers Keynote To Sanders Institute Gathering
Progressive and liberal thinkers from around the world are in Burlington, Vermont this weekend to discuss issues and find practical ways to move forward. Many of the people at this first conference organized by the Sanders Institute attended the opening reception Thursday evening to hear the keynote speech from Independent Senator Bernie Sanders.
Nov 30 6:20PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Healthcare Enrollment Efforts Continue Before Massachusetts' January Deadline
Time is running short for Massachusetts residents to enroll in health insurance plans for next year.
Nov 30 5:20PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

With Rising Property Values In Springfield Come Higher Tax Bills
New property tax rates have been set in the largest city in western Massachusetts. A majority of homeowners and businesses in Springfield are likely to see higher bills in the new year.
Nov 30 3:39PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Klefos, Key Berkshire County Tourism Official, Dies At 62
A major player in the development of Berkshire County as a tourist destination died today.
Nov 29 11:00PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

Trade War With China Hits Home In Western Massachusetts
When President Trump talks trade this weekend with the president of China, the stakes could be high for a western Massachusetts factory. The White House plan to raise existing tariffs on Chinese goods to 25 percent on January 1 st will add to the cost of making subway cars at the CRRC factory in Springfield. The rail car shells and some other parts are imported from China.
Nov 29 7:36PM WAMC-Mass/VT News

CEO Of Company Buying Beacon Cinema Outlines Plans
Tuesday night, the Pittsfield, Massachusetts City Council voted to forgive more than $2.5 million in debt on the Beacon Cinema. The choice was between the downtown movie theater facing foreclosure or accepting the loss as part of a deal with a Michigan-based company called Phoenix Theatres.
Nov 29 5:00PM WAMC-Mass/VT News