HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts state Rep. Peter Kocot of Northampton, who died in February, filed the House bill that would authorize the automatic voter registration program.
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Supporters of automatic voter registration in Massachusetts said the proposal still has traction despite the recent death of a leading advocate. 

Delivering the meningitis vaccine at UMass.
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Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, held a meningitis vaccination clinic Thursday as a student remained hospitalized for the bacterial infection.

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Associate Professor of History at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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In early February, students at Princeton University protested when a professor used the N-word in a class about hate speech. He ended up canceling the course. It’s hardly the first time this epithet has sparked a debate over racial sensitivity and freedom of speech, including last semester at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Smith College says a student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis over the weekend is receiving appropriate care at a local hospital.

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.

Peter Kocot of Northampton, Massachusetts, represented parts of Hampshire County in the state legislature.
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This week, longtime Northampton State Representative Peter Kocot died at the age of 61. And State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose announced he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming an independent, or "unenrolled" as it's known in Massachusetts. 

Clean needles at Tapestry Health in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
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The Public Health Council in Springfield, Massachusetts, is set to vote February 28 on starting a needle exchange program. And for the first time in decades, advocates think it may well pass.

Solomon Goldstein-Rose celebrates with supporters after his win in the Democratic primary in September 2016.
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Massachusetts House Speaker Bob DeLeo has not publicly said whether state Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose of Amherst will be able to keep his committee assignments. Goldstein-Rose announced on Tuesday he was leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent.

Northampton State Rep. Peter Kocot, 61, Passes Away After Illness

Feb 22, 2018
Northampton state Representative Peter Kocot in a file photo.
File photo / State House News Service

Northampton Rep. Peter Kocot, who has served in the legislature since 2002, has died, according to the House Speaker's office.

Empty classroom with chairs.
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Students are taking part in walkouts across the country on Wednesday following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Massachusetts public schools are on February break, but students are organizing for the next planned walkout, scheduled for March 14.

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