FRANKLIN COUNTY

Coverage of Franklin County, Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in April 2017.
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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. 

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

Union nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, went on strike last week for the second time in less than a year. They're back at work now, and say they want to resume negotiations. 

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

About 200 unionized nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, could go on strike next week -- for the second time in the last year. 

Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula California.
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Plans for a California college to expand to western Massachusetts are on hold until next year.

The Massachusetts Senate approved a first-of-its kind state tax for outdoor recreational businesses in the town of Charlemont.
Masslive / Republican File

The Massachusetts Senate approved a first-of-its kind state tax for outdoor recreational businesses in the town of Charlemont. If approved, a three percent tax would be levied.

Students at the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, Massachusetts, take place in a national walkout on March 14, 2018.
Jill Kaufman / New England Public Radio

On the dot of 10 a.m., even as walkways were still being treated for ice the morning after a nor'easter, students from the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, Massachusetts, and many teachers, took part in Wednesday's national school walkout.

Michael Buoniconti, superintendent of the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School Districts, stands out side the Mohawk Trail Regional Middle and High Schools in Shelburne, Massachusetts. A video camera monitors who wants to enter the school.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Students across the country will walk out of class Wednesday morning to mark one month since the Parkland shooting, and to call for safer schools.

In the past decade, it’s become the norm for students to practice lockdowns to protect against an intruder with a gun. Now some western Massachusetts educators say they want to do more to secure their schools.

Former Montague Police Chief Chip Dodge, in 2015
Karen Brown / NEPR

The police chief of Montague, Massachusetts, Chip Dodge, has resigned, several months after he'd been put on paid administrative leave.

Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Unionized nurses at hospitals in Pittsfield and Greenfield, Massachusetts, have called off separate strikes, scheduled for this week. They would have been the second at each facility in the last year.

A photograph of a Massachusetts taken at a polling place in 2008.
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We learned recently that two veteran western Massachusetts legislators won't be seeking reelection, another representative left his party and late last week state Representative Peter Kocot of Northampton passed away.

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