Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

'We're All In Lockdown': Lessons From Northampton, Mass.

Jun 15, 2018
Anabel Rosero, left, walks with her daughter Anaisha Feliciano, 12, after Anaisha had been released from a lockdown at JFK Middle School in Northampton, Thursday.
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When a man with two guns was spotted on a Northampton, Massachusetts, middle school campus, the police responded perfectly. No one was hurt. Best-case scenario, right?

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.

It’s easier for out-of-state students to get into UMass Amherst than it is for in-state students, according to a study from the Pioneer Institute.

Since 2010, high school grade point averages and SAT scores for accepted students are lower on average for out-of-state students than for in-state students. The study also finds that in-state students admitted to UMass Amherst in 2016 had average combined SAT scores 23 points higher than out-of-state students.

It could be because Massachusetts students are simply better prepared.

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg made a public address at the Florence Memorial Day Parade.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg was among the dignitaries who spoke at the Florence parade Monday, on the 150th anniversary of the oldest continuously run Memorial Day parade in the United States. 

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. 

Lucio Perez greets friends after arriving back into the First Church of Amherst, Mass., after a stay in Cooley Dickinson Hospital for a medical emergency.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

What happens when an immigrant facing deportation seeks sanctuary in a church, but then needs to leave to get surgery? That happened in western Massachusetts this week. 

The Hampshire County Courthouse in Northampton, Mass. It is the headquarters for the Hampshire Council of Governments.
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The head of the Hampshire Council of Governments is calling for unity and help from the state to keep the organization viable. 

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.

The new Live155 housing complex in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Cities in New England and elsewhere used to be dotted with SROs. That stands for single-room occupancy, a type of affordable housing often considered a last resort before homelessness. 

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.