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Republican Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic lawmakers are inching closer to a budget compromise that would avoid the possibility of a government shutdown. But when it comes to the core issue that led to the impasse, the two sides remain at odds.

A coalition of 40 nonprofit groups says a proposed cap on tax credits for charitable contributions will have a devastating impact on their ability to offer services to Vermonters.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants the Trump administration to take responsibility for the death toll in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria, which a new study has now pegged at almost 5,000.

Before his retirement in 2017, Jim Madigan hosted news programs at WGBY public television in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Jim Madigan, the longtime host of news programs on WGBY, died last weekend, the Springfield public television station said Wednesday.

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

Western Massachusetts will soon have its own treatment facility for opioid addicts. The Stonybrook Stabilization and Treatment Centers will be in both Ludlow and Springfield. 

How One Unaccompanied Minor Made Her Way To Massachusetts

May 30, 2018

Recent news reports about the U.S. government losing track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children in its care has prompted outrage and confusion. These are children who came here as unaccompanied minors and were placed with sponsors. Their sponsors are often parents or close relatives already living in the country.

Racial justice advocates say students of color often don’t see themselves reflected in public school curriculum in Vermont, but supporters of an ethnic studies bill are having a tough time getting traction in Montpelier.

Over the last nine months, Connecticut's weather has wreaked havoc on school schedules, especially those in the western part of the state that got hit by the recent tornado. So some districts leaders have said they won’t be able to provide the mandatory 180 days of instruction, so they’re asking the state for a waiver.

Bob Massie at WBUR.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Bob Massieone of the two Democrats running for governor of Massachusetts, has confirmed to WBUR that in the middle of a divorce 23 years ago, he was ordered to leave the home he shared with his two children and then-wife. But Massie and his former wife both insist the restraining order was not the result of any sort of physical abuse.

John Velis is a Massachusetts state representative from Westfield.
George Delisle / The Republican /

Massachusetts state Representative John Velis will leave for military duty in Afghanistan next month. The Westfield Democrat is a lawyer, and a captain in the Army Reserves.