HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

Joe Blumenthal, owner of Downtown Sounds in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

As the Christmas shopping season winds down, economists will be taking stock of the country’s retail health.

Cara Rintala is handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom after being found guilty of first-degree murder in Hampshire Superior Court on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

A Massachusetts judge has refused to order NBC to turn over unedited video from a news segment on the Anne Marie Rintala murder. Rintala's wife, Cara Rintala, was found guilty last year of first degree murder.

Mass. Sen. Stanley Rosenberg walks by Campus Pond at UMass Amherst, his alma mater, after speaking to students there Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Stephanie Murray / State House News Service

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg stepped away from a tumultuous Beacon Hill on Thursday afternoon to speak to a class of political science students at his alma mater. After the visit, Rosenberg said he hopes his name will be cleared by an upcoming Senate investigation.

Downtown Amherst, Massachusetts, in a file photo.
AlexiusHoratius / Creative Commons /

As leadership of the Massachusetts Senate slipped out of Sen. Stanley Rosenberg's hands Monday, officials nearly 100 miles away in the former Senate president's hometown applauded his decision to step aside and said there is a "deep well of support" for him in the western part of the state.

Students line up to receive a meningitis vaccine on Thurdsay, Nov. 30, 2017, at UMass Amherst.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

With a certified meningitis outbreak at UMass Amherst, more than 1,000 students were vaccinated on Thursday to prevent further spread of the disease.

Sonja Farak, left, stands during her arraignment at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass., Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Western Massachusetts prosecutors will dismiss more than 5,000 drug convictions tied to former drug chemist Sonja Farak. 

Darryl and Lucinda Williams at Luther Belden Farm in Hatfield, Massachusetts.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

This Thanksgiving, when scooping ice cream on top of warm apple pie, some Massachusetts lawmakers’ thoughts might turn to tax credits for dairy farmers. They would be expanded under a measure under consideration in the legislature.

Electric-assisted bikes in a bike share program in Canada.
TransitQuebec / YouTube

A regional bike share program is set to launch in western Massachusetts this spring.

The emerald ash borer.
David Cappaert bugwood.org / Creative Commons

The destructive emerald ash borer is moving deeper into New England's tree population. An infestation was just found in Hampshire County in western Massachusetts.

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette

Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts, has just launched a major software transition, requiring hundreds of employees to change the way they record and read patient information.

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