The news organization ProPublica has just released national data from 2014 on the number of doctors who take gifts or payments from pharmaceutical companies. While Massachusetts has one of the lowest rates overall, two Western Massachusetts hospitals show the highest percentage of doctors taking payments in the state.
At the end of the week, Massachusetts will welcome fiscal year 20-17. As it stands, it looks like state revenues are down about $750 million […]
A Korean-American family’s story of lies, identity and loss. That’s what you’ll find in “Shelter,” the debut novel of Jung Yun — who until this month taught at UMass Amherst.
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All six vying for the 3rd Hampshire District seat in Western Massachusetts are progressive Democrats. Where they differ is in background and experience.
Supporters of both Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders say it’s been challenging to maintain the unity they professed earlier in the season. This is especially true in Western Massachusetts, which voted heavily for the underdog.
The next Massachusetts budget is now in the hands of a committee of six lawmakers — they’ll work out the differences of the versions of […]
We turn next to turtles, and their interesting relationship with…electrical transmission lines. This week about three dozen power company employees, contractors and state wildlife experts […]
A conference committee must now work out a compromise spending plan for the fiscal year budget that begins in July. Massachusetts state Senators passed their version of the budget last week, after tacking on several policy priorities.
As defense attorneys wait to find out how the fiascos at Amherst and Hinton drug labs will affect their clients, many want to know whether the state’s drug-testing procedures — now under the control of the Massachusetts State Police — have sufficiently improved.
According to the newly released book “Wildflowers of New England” there are over 1,100 kinds of wildflowers out there.
In the middle of a fight against heroin abuse, Greenfield, Massachusetts, is one step closer to hosting a needle exchange. Residents requested the Board of Health look into the service last fall. Greenfield’s Public Health Director Nicole Zabko says there’s been no vocal opposition to the plan.
Our panel reviews the big stories of the week.
The Northwestern District Attorney’s office tours Western Massachusetts high schools to give a civics lesson on the five sentences of the Miranda rights.
A scathing report last fall found that staff in Holyoke were abusing children in a therapeutic program through harsh and aggressive discipline. A few months later, another Western Massachusetts facility — Eagleton School in Great Barrington — had to shut down after similar allegations. How does this happen and what can be done?
Hampshire College joins Smith and Williams in going for the most stringent certification in the green building industry. “Living Buildings” are so green, they are meant to produce more energy than they use. But some question their ultimate environmental benefit.