Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

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. 

Chelsea Kline of Northampton, Massachusetts, right, a Democratic challenger to state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, of Amherst, leaves nomination papers in April with Hatfield Town Clerk Lydia Szych.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The timing of Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg's resignation from the Massachusetts Senate leaves one candidate in a strong position to succeed him. 

Hadley, Mass., To Weigh In On A Ranked-Choice Voting System

May 2, 2018
The town hall in Hadley, Massachusetts.
John Phelan / Creative Commons

Hadley, Massachusetts, residents will soon decide whether to adopt a new voting system. 

Evan Lewis of Northampton, Massachusetts, with a photo of his great-grandfather Lent Shaw.
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

The country's first national memorial to the victims of lynching opens April 27 in Alabama. One of the thousands of victims was Lent Shaw, a successful black farmer in Colbert, Georgia, accused -- many believe falsely -- of assaulting a white woman. 

Editor's note: This story contains content some may find upsetting.

The Live155 housing complex will open soon in Northampton, Mass.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

Seventy new apartments are coming to downtown Northampton, Massachusetts, as an experiment in affordable housing.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in a PBS NewsHour video from October 2017.
PBS NewsHour / YouTube

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is visiting western Massachusetts, starting Wednesday, to discuss Puerto Rico's future and ongoing challenges seven months after Hurricane Maria.

Judge Thomas Estes, right, with his attorney David Hoose.
Ally Jarmanning / WBUR

Should a judge who admitted to engaging in sexual acts with an employee in his court — including in his chambers — keep his job?

Hampshire College President Miriam Nelson.
Courtesy Hampshire College

Incoming Hampshire College president Miriam Nelson says she is looking forward to the challenge of leading the liberal arts school. She was named to the position this week.

Susan Johnson in Camden,  Maine on top of Mt. Megunticook.
Thomas Thompson / Courtesy of Susan Johnson

I began hiking regularly with a friend and her chubby dog eight years ago. The friend worked a 9-to-5 job, so neither she nor her dog got much exercise. But on Saturday afternoons we would hike.

Hampshire's R.W. Kern Center, just certified as a "Living Building," shortly before it opened in 2016.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

Two years after opening a super-green, $10-million building, Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, has earned one of the toughest environmental ratings in the world.