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5 days ago

69,000 Commonwealth Kids with Parents in Prison

The highest percentage of those children in Western Mass are in Holyoke and Huntington, where the number stands at close to eight percent.

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5 days ago

Home Sales Up in Western Mass

The Realtors Association of the Pioneer Valley says sales have risen over 38 percent this year over last, while prices jumped almost three percent.

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5 days ago

College Student Breaks In to Amherst Home

Twenty-one-year-old Aidan Hubbard was arrested at the Cottage Street home after the owner called police.

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5 days ago

Northampton’s Acting Public Works Director Resigns

James Laurila is leaving to take a job in Springfield, to run that city's water department.

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5 days ago

Whately Town Meeting Approves Budget

Also approved was an article to use 200-thousand dollars in free cash to reduce the town's tax rate.

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6 days ago

First Child Advocacy Center Opens in Franklin County

A grand opening will take place Friday from three to six pm at the new Wisdom Way facility, which is intended to provide a safe environment for victims of child sexual abuse. The center will be the first of its kind in Franklin County.

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6 days ago

Buckland Residents Face Potential Five Percent Tax Increase

Despite the increase, the budget is not expected to require an override to fully fund.

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6 days ago

Greenfield’s Biodiesel Plant Anticipates Opening Next Month

The Northeast Biodiesel plant in the Greenfield Industrial Park will convert used cooking oil into new diesel, which is expected to generate 3.5 million gallons of new cleaner fuel per year.

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6 days ago

Whately Town Meeting Tonight

This year's spending plan reflects only a half-percent increase over last year.

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6 days ago

Springfield Native, Former Patriots Player Dies

Mayor Domenic Sarno said Brace was dedicated to the community, as evidenced by his efforts to help Springfield raise funds to help clean up after the tornado of 2011.

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7 days ago

Lawmakers To Consider Raising Tobacco Sales to 21 Statewide

A number of towns have already implemented similar regulations, including Amherst, Greenfield and Montague, but the bill set to be debated Thursday would set the statewide sales age to 21.

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7 days ago

Opening Day for Amherst Farmer’s Market Expected Quieter than Usual

It will be a somewhat quieter opening weekend than in year's past for the market, which will not, for the first time in almost three decades, have to deal with the pro-marijuana "Extravaganja" rally, which moves this year from Amherst to the Northampton Three County Fairgrounds.

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7 days ago

Deerfield Town Meeting Tonight

Residents will be asked to approve a budget which is roughly three percent higher than last year.

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7 days ago

Movement to Dedicate New Greenfield Senior Center

The idea was put forth by Greenfield Town Council President Isaac Mass, who says John Zon did more than anyone to try and secure a new site for a Greenfield Senior Center, which will be part of the new center when it eventually does open.

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1 week ago

Hampshire Protests Force Cancellation Of Classes

The recent protests on the Hampshire College campus are related to student displeasure over the administration's handling of a number of sexual assault cases.

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1 week ago

Berkshire Gas: Moratorium Not Ending

Berkshire officials say there is still not enough gas capacity to warrant lifting the moratorium.

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1 week ago

UMass President Promises Action On Fossil Fuel Divestment

University President Marty Meehan has agreed to stand by protesters demanding the school commit to divesting from fossil fuel companies.

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1 week ago

Northampton Council Finalizes New Water And Sewer Rates

A week after Mayor David Narkewicz faced strong objections from business and property owners on fee increases, the city council has voted overwhelmingly for the changes.

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1 week ago

Massachusetts Landmarks Lit in Purple to Honor Prince

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker asked the state Department of Transportation to light Boston's Zakim Bridge in purple Thursday night in honor of the pop superstar's life.

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2 weeks ago

Kinder Morgan Suspends Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline

Citing lack of committed prospective customers and a "low-price environment," the board thought it would be a poor business investment to continue the $3.3 billion dollar project.

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2 days ago in National

Making headlines this week

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A look back at some of the biggest newsmakers this week and the headlines you may have missed.

3 days ago in National

Teen pregnancies hit historic low

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The annual survey shows the continuation of a downward trend that began in 2006 and continued through 2014, the latest year of complete data, when nearly 250,000 babies were born to girls and women aged 15 to 19.

3 days ago in National

U.S. high court approves rule change to expand FBI hacking power

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in a photo illustration in Paris in this April 15, 2014 file photo.

The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority.

3 days ago in National, World

Biden visits Iraq in show of support amid multiple crises

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other top officials in unannounced visits to Baghdad and Erbil on Thursday to show support for a government battling Islamic State amid political and economic crises.

3 days ago in National, World

No wall, but more high-tech gear, fencing sought by U.S. border agents

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The modest scope of the requirements, details of which were contained in internal emails seen by Reuters and described by Border Patrol officials in interviews, contrasts sharply with calls by Republican presidential candidates for more drastic measures to secure the border.