HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

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.

Solomon Goldstein-Rose celebrates with supporters after his win in the Democratic primary in September 2016.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Amherst, Massachusetts, state Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose made headlines in 2016 when he was elected at the age of 22. Now, he’s making news again, for dropping his Democratic Party affiliation.

Sarah Robertson / Daily Hampshire Gazette

A pair of state lawmakers from western Massachusetts say they're calling it quits at the end of this term.

A PVTA bus.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is once again considering service cuts, to help close a projected $3.1 million budget deficit. Also on the table: a roughly 25 percent fare hike.

Amarilys De Leon, at right, and her daughter, Mayrangelique Rojas De Leon, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

Among the thousands of people who left Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last year, many have come to New England. And for a variety of reasons, they won’t return to the island.   

The Daily Hampshire Gazette is based in Northampton, Mass.
File photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The top editor at the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Greenfield Recorder said Wednesday he was fired for speaking out in favor of higher pay for female journalists, but his record on the issue was challenged within hours.

A Hadley, Massachusetts, police car.
file photo / Masslive

A grand jury has indicted a Hadley, Massachusetts, policeman after the U.S. Department of Justice accused him of using excessive force when he broke a man's nose.

Ruby Bridges.
Jason Kruppa

A woman who as a little girl helped integrate the New Orleans public schools, an event depicted in an iconic Norman Rockwell painting, is coming to Massachusetts. 

Tendzin Parsons, at right, was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty in Northampton District Court January 5th, 2018. His lawyer, Stephen Ferrarone, stands with him.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

A former western Massachusetts bus driver has been sentenced to a year in jail in connection to the 2016 death of a third-grader.

Figurines in snow.
Peter Lee / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/oldpatterns

Western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut can expect snow and wind Thursday. But the weather's not likely to generate the blizzard conditions eastern New England could see.

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