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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.

Julius Lester.
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Civil rights activist and teacher Julius Lester has died. He was 78 years old.

Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed increase in education money includes $15 million for school districts that have seen an influx of students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after last year's hurricanes.
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The annual budget proposal Gov. Charlie Baker plans to file next week will call for a general local aid increase of $37.2 million over this year, and an almost $119 million hike in education aid to cities and towns.

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. 

A view of downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, in 2010.
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A development boom in Worcester, Massachusetts -- the state's second largest city -- may indicate a comeback. 

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.

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