DEMOGRAPHICS

Back in October 2017, women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement went viral, spurring a national and global discussion on the issue.

Many women have since come forward with their experiences of being sexually harassed by colleagues and bosses, costing influential men in the entertainment industry and the media — including journalists here at NPR — their jobs.

Sixty-seven percent of Americans surveyed want stricter gun laws, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

Buyouts and cost-cutting in recent months at Keene State College have put the school on track to balance its budget for the coming fiscal year, according to Interim President Melinda Treadwell.

Amarilys De Leon, at right, and her daughter, Mayrangelique Rojas De Leon, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
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Among the thousands of people who left Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last year, many have come to New England. And for a variety of reasons, they won’t return to the island.   

The present supermajority requirement to pass local zoning changes has been a "legal barrier" to municipalities that want to create housing in "sustainable locations," Massachusetts Secretary Jay Ash said Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Flanked by two top economic development officials, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told lawmakers Tuesday that the gap between housing demand and supply "poses the most serious long-term hurdle to continued economic growth" in the state. And then he pitched a plan that municipalities said they can get on board with.

In 2003, Greenfield, Massachusetts, adopted a mayoral form of government, technically changing from town to city, according to state regulations. But Greenfield kept calling itself a town for 14 more years.
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In official state documents, we used to be referred to as “The City known as the Town of Greenfield.” Kind of embarrassing.

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski announces a team to review Catholic schools in the Springfield, Massachusetts, diocese.
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Catholic schools in western Massachusetts, like elsewhere in the country, have been losing students in recent years, and some have closed. 

Outgoing North Adams, Massachusetts, Mayor Dick Alcombright poses in his office. Alcombright decided not to run for a fifth term this year and will be replaced in January, 2018 by Tom Bernard.
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The new year brings new mayors to three cities in western Massachusetts: Agawam, Easthampton and North Adams. In North Adams, Tom Bernard will replace Dick Alcombright, who decided not to run for re-election after eight years in office.

Garfield Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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An annual "report card" that judges the availability and affordability of housing in Greater Boston gives good marks to the city's efforts to increase housing, but lower marks to the suburbs.

A view from the hilltop at Bree-Z-Knoll dairy farm in Leyden, Mass.
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New research from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments makes clear that rural towns in the western part of the state face far different challenges than those closer to Boston. 

Researchers took a look at towns with fewer than 500 people per square mile -- that's about half the cities and towns in the state. 

Linda Dunlavy is executive director of the Franklin Regional Council of Government. She said rural communities across the state face education challenges, but for different reasons.