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UMass Gets Life Science Funding from State

UMass Amherst is receiving a $100 miliion state grant for its new Life Sciences program.


Greenfield Steps Up Middle School Security After Incident

Greenfield school officials are taking steps to increase security at the middle school in the wake of an incident last month.


NBC’s “The Voice” Films Finalist Hometown Scenes in Amherst and Northampton

NBC TV crews were in Northampton and Amherst filming “The Voice” finalist Michelle Chamuel of Amherst Thursday.


Greenfield Adds Downtown Benches

There will soon be more places to sit in downtown Greenfield. Six new benches are being added to the downtown area.


Easthampton Budget Passed by City Council

Easthampton’s City Council passes a $36.3 million city budget unanimously.


Markey and Gomez Butt Heads

Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez have gone head-to-head in their first US Senate debate.


Whately Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

A Brooklyn man is under arrest for drug trafficking following a traffic stop on I-91.


Penn National Not Interested in Western Mass

Penn National says it’s no longer interested in building a casino in Western Massachusetts.


Vermont Yankee to Hold Drill Wednesday

Don’t be alarmed today if you see emergency responders and equipment around the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. It’s just a drill.


“The Voice” to film Finalist in Northampton Thursday

An Amherst woman is in the top five on NBC’s singing show “The Voice” and she’s bringing the show here to the Valley Thursday.

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Thanksgiving getaway: Cheap gas, high security


Millions of Americans embarked on their annual Thanksgiving travels on Wednesday, with security at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues expected to be heightened amid jitters after the Paris attacks.

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2015 to be the hottest year in history


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Many House Republicans want refugee restrictions in spending bill


Nearly one-third of the Republicans in the House of Representatives signed a letter calling on party leaders to ensure that a must-pass spending bill block any use of federal funding to resettle refugees from Syria and nearby countries.