FRANKLIN COUNTY

Coverage of Franklin County, Massachusetts.

Bill Cosby in 2012.
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A federal appeals court in Massachusetts has ruled an insurance company must pay to defend Bill Cosby against a defamation lawsuit.

Charlemont Town Hall.
File Photo / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The western Massachusetts town of Charlemont has voted to establish a fire department, even though it's had one for more than 100 years.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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With all of the paperwork in, more than half of incumbent state legislators from western Massachusetts will get a free ride during this year's elections.

Nurses on the picket line at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass. during a one-day strike in June 2017.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Massachusetts Nurses Association and Baystate Franklin Medical Center have reached a settlement on a new contract.

Author Tinky Weisblat prepares rhubarb brownies from the cookbook, "Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb."
Carrie Healy / NEPR

The humble rhubarb: when its green stalks transition to pink, it's springtime in New England. Author Tinky Weisblat has a new cookbook out, full of ways to prepare rhubarb that don't involve pie.

A Tapestry health clinic in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Carol Lollis / The Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The Trump administration has proposed new rules which could mean funding cuts for health clinics in Massachusetts and other states. 

The Greenfield Community College main campus building.
File Photo / The Daily Hampshire Gazette

A new survey finds that almost half of community college students in Massachusetts reported not being able to afford enough food or a place to live.

Dave Murphy, candidate for Massachusetts Senate.
Submitted photo / State House News Service

A fourth Democrat -- and third write-in candidate -- has announced plans to run for the seat left vacant by Massachusetts state Senator Stan Rosenberg.

Mass. State Senate Race Gets Write-In Candidates

May 7, 2018
Ryan O'Donnell, left, and Chelsea Kline, right, and Steven Connor (unpictured) are all campaigning to replace Massachusetts state Senator Stan Rosenberg.
Campaign photos / State House News Service

Updated at 9:18 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Northampton City Council President Ryan O'Donnell and the area's veterans' services director, Steven Connor, on Monday launched write-in bids for the Massachusetts state Senate seat formerly held by Stan Rosenberg.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in April 2017.
William Zhang / Creative Commons

With Massachusetts state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg's resignation taking effect last Friday, four of his colleagues from western Massachusetts announced plans to "collectively advocate" for the needs and policy priorities of the 24 communities in his district. 

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