REGIONAL NEWS

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

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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 passed away, according to the House Speaker's office.

Drinking Fountains
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Massachusetts is expanding a program testing water in public schools. Officials are using leftover money from an existing initiative to include Head Start and special education programs.

President Trump’s budget proposal calls for a restructuring of the World Trade Center Health Program that provides medical treatment to 9/11 first responders and survivors.

Haitian activists and immigrants protest on Boston City Hall Plaza on Jan. 26.
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Immigrant advocates in Massachusetts are suing the Trump administration, saying its decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians and Salvadorans is racially motivated.

The city of Hartford already uses a real-time acoustic device to detect the sound of gunshots as a way to help solve crimes. Now, the city wants to use it also to identify children who may need help processing the trauma from gun violence.

Tom Moore's head of school security recently came to him with a suggestion: trauma bags. These are tools the military often uses in battle and include clotting agents to stop massive wounds. Schools are now stocking up.

"That's not something you do lightly," said Moore, superintendent of schools in West Hartford, Conn., a leafy suburb outside the state's capital city. "I want people to understand this is the reality. This is what we have to do."

Moore said it's a sad state he finds himself in — buying items used by armed forces for teachers.

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.

taking a test
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Students in Massachusetts lead the nation in achievement on Advanced Placement exams. 

On the heels of this winter's record-breaking cold comes record-breaking warmth.

Temperatures are previewing spring in New Hampshire this week, with forecast highs peaking in the upper 60s for parts of the state Wednesday.

Mount Washington had the warmest Feb. 20 on record Tuesday, notching a 41-degree high at the summit.

The peak's all-time February high is 43, with an all-time winter high of 48. The summit Observatory says on Twitter those records might fall this week, too.

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