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A new survey shows that eighth grade students in Springfield, Massachusetts, are more likely to feel hopeless than their counterparts in the rest of the state.

Southbridge, Massachusetts, High School.
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The state of Massachusetts has appointed a new receiver to oversee the Southbridge schools. He'll be the latest in a string of leaders who have tried to improve the district.

A demonstrator at a women's march in Jan. 2017.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker pitched his newest opioid bill to state lawmakers this week. It calls for dozens of provisions to overhaul treatment, tightening restrictions on prescribing, with a focus on educating young people on the dangers of opioids. 

Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council, seen in file photo, has issued the organization's support for Enfield, Conn., in its bid to become the second national headquarters for Amazon.
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A bid to bring Amazon's second headquarters to Enfield, Connecticut, fell short. The two-state plan was backed by Rick Sullivan, head of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

Boston, Massachusetts.
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There were 26 locations in Massachusetts vying to be the home of Amazon's second headquarters but only one, perhaps the obvious one, made it onto the internet giant's shortlist: Boston.

Pediatrician Vinny Biggs at the Holyoke Health Center.
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A wellness program in Massachusetts links together community resources to help people improve their health. It took a few years to get rolling and will soon have to end without new funding.

Springfield, Massachusetts, police on the scene of a shooting on Baldwin Street in September 2017. Officers look on the ground for evidence.
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The eight biggest cities in New England saw the total number of murders last year jump more than 20 percent from the year before. But city to city, the statistics represent a mixed bag that some law enforcement officials said reflects little more than the randomness of murder and death.

This Cat Lover's Claws Are Out

Jan 17, 2018
A cat.
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An open letter to Robert Chipkin, researchers at Vanderbilt University, and all dog triumphalists, ever, for the end of time: Your dog may be smarter than my cat. This is not a great feat. My cat’s brain is about the size of a walnut.  

A car tail light.
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Two New England states could allow people who don't identify as male or female a new way to indicate their gender on their driver's license. 

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