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Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, at left, and City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo at right.
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Recount Expected Monday For Pittsfield Mayor's Race

Updated 2:00 p.m. The city clerk in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, said a recount of the mayoral race will take place starting Monday at 8:30 a.m.

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Paw Sox players in the dugout in 2014.
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PawSox To Announce New Name

Borders

U.S.-Canada Border Community's Culture Changes As Security Tightens

Scott Wheeler was born and raised in what's known as the Northeast Kingdom, the rugged and beautiful countryside where Vermont abuts Canada. Even so, he didn't realize he was supposed to check in with Canadian immigration authorities when driving across the border recently. Two polite, officious Mounties tell him to make a U-turn and follow them back to the port of entry where he's questioned about his intentions inside Quebec. He explains his mistake, and eventually, the Mounties return his...

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Boston

The T Has A Vision For Revitalizing The Commuter Rail. Now It Needs A Plan To Pay For It

The MBTAs Fiscal Management and Control Board recently approved ambitious plans for the commuter rail that include electric trains and more frequent service. The goal is rapid transit that stretches beyond Boston. Sounds great. But how much is it going to cost? Its difficult to put a precise number on it now, but obviously it is not going to be cheap, MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak told WBUR. Poftak is right, it wont be cheap. The plan draws from a rail study that suggests the upgrades...

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Chicopee High School in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
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The Chicopee, Massachusetts, public schools are recovering from a ransomware attack on their computer systems.

Jake Burton Carpenter, who popularized the sport of snowboarding and founded the Burlington-based Burton Snowboards, has died at age 65.

Acclaimed jazz bassist Avery Sharpe.
Steven Sussman

Historians still debate when groups of Africans were first taken by Europeans and brought against their will to the Americas. Many say 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the start of slavery in the U.S. 

Visitor Center employees at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford have voted to unionize. It’s a trend among museum workers who look to unions not only for help with bread-and-butter issues like job security, but also to have a say in the museum’s future.

Democrats in Connecticut’s House of Representatives don’t see tolls on passenger cars happening any time soon, but they do see them just for tractor-trailers on bridges.

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Capitol Hill

Democrats Have Wrapped Their Public Case On Impeachment. What Comes Next?

The marathon of testimony in Democrats' impeachment inquiry this week confirmed that the Ukraine affair, like so many earlier subplots in the era of President Trump, boils down to two big questions: What do the president's words mean? Can the president do what he did? The answers to those questions have been a partisan inkblot test since Trump exploded onto the political scene, and now they are burning again as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats decide how they'll move ahead in a...

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Marijuana

Marijuana that is for sale at Insa in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
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After 1 Year, Mass. Weed Stores Undersupplied, Still Competing With Black Market

One year ago this week, the first adult-use marijuana stores opened in Massachusetts . One of the state’s goals was to move cannabis off the black market. But illegal sales haven’t stopped — and licensed stores are having a tough time getting enough marijuana to meet demand.

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Election 2020

Patrick Looks South To Ignite His Long-Shot Presidential Bid

While the front-runners in the Democratic presidential race have been at it for months, often drawing crowds in the thousands, Deval Patrick is taking the first steps of his nascent campaign, starting with a question: Who are you? My name is Deval Patrick, the former Massachusetts governor said at a campaign event in Columbia, South Carolina, this week. I grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Patrick was in a small office at a strip mall, addressing a dozen African American women...

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Science

Gene-Edited 'Supercells' Make Progress In Fight Against Sickle Cell Disease

Doctors are reporting the first evidence that genetically edited cells could offer a safe way to treat sickle cell disease, a devastating, incurable disorder that afflicts millions of people around the world. Billions of cells that were genetically modified with the powerful gene-editing technique called CRISPR have started working, as doctors had hoped, inside the body of the first sickle cell patient to receive the experimental treatment, according to highly anticipated data released...

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Impeachment Hearings

Impeachment Hearings Wrap As Fiona Hill Slams GOP's 'Fictional' Ukraine Account

Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET Fiona Hill, who served as the top Russia expert on the National Security Council before resigning last summer, criticized Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee for advancing theories that Ukraine, and not Russia, interfered with the 2016 presidential election. Testifying on the third and final day of impeachment hearings before the panel this week, Hill said, "I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance...

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Organization Announcement

Cats & kittens, the time has arrived!

Jazz, Baby returns on December 7!

Community Dialogue

Legal Vices - One Year Later

Tune in to WGBY on Monday, November 25, for a community dialogue that will focus on the impact of the MGM Casino and legalized marijuana in western Mass.

Tertulia

Food Insecurity in the Region

Andrew Morehouse from The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, spoke with Raquel Obregon on Tertulia.

Travel

Travel to Peru & the Baroque Music Festival of Lima

Learn about this ten-day exploration of Peru in May 2020.

Series

General Electric's Pittsfield Legacy

NEPR's Nancy Cohen explores the economic and environmental legacy GE left behind in Pittsfield.

Presto

Daron Hagen on Presto

Composer, conductor and author, Daron Hagen, talks with John Nowacki

From legislation to legalization follow the local impacts of the cannabis industry.

The Latest On Casinos & Gambling

Reporting on the impacts of casino and gambling in the region.

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New England Motorists Warned To Be On The Lookout For Deer

AAA Northeast is warning drivers to watch out for deer. November is a particularly bad time for deer strikes because fall is mating season for white-tailed deer in New England. Also, with the end of daylight saving time, it’s often dark during the evening commute.

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