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Charlemont Town Hall.
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The western Massachusetts town of Charlemont has voted to establish a fire department, even though it's had one for more than 100 years.

Turkeys at the Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Patrick Randall / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/animaliaproject

State wildlife officials are asking for help from birders others in the outdoors as they try to estimate the number of turkeys in Massachusetts.

From left, Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, Assistant District Attorney Max Bennett, and Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

This story was updated at 4:01 p.m.

Authorities have identified three bodies found at the Springfield, Massachusetts, home of a kidnapping suspect. 

Student Mayrangelique Rojas De Leon talks about what's ahead after graduation from Holyoke High School in June.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

After Hurricane Maria last September, a few thousand school aged-students were among those who left Puerto Rico with their families and came to New England. As the school year wraps up some of them are graduating, thousands of miles away from home.

Josh Zakim said he and incumbent William Galvin have "very different views" on the role of the Massachusetts secretary of state's office.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, making his first run at higher office, earned the upset endorsement of the Democratic Party convention Saturday, dealing a significant blow to Secretary of State William Galvin and showing that his campaign could be a legitimate threat to the state's longest-serving constitutional officer.

Jay Gonzalez said he offered "an ambitious, progressive agenda" at the Massachusetts Democratic convention Saturday.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Pledging to win back the corner office in November on behalf of the "little guys" who fight for their beliefs, Massachusetts Democrat Jay Gonzalez on Saturday accepted his party's endorsement for governor, giving the former state budget chief a lift coming out of the Democratic convention in a primary in which neither candidate has been able to separate themselves as a frontrunner.

Apartment residents in a section of Hartford’s North End got some good news Thursday regarding their poor living conditions. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development said it would terminate a New York landlord’s Section 8 contract to provide subsidized housing to the tenants of the Clay Arsenal Renaissance Apartments.

Sandra Quinones said she suffers from severe depression.

“Just like any human being, you immediately say ‘I’m not crazy,’” Quinones said through an interpreter. “Although you know that something is wrong, you’re crying all the time. You’re not yourself.”

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
Wally Gobetz / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/wallyg

With all of the paperwork in, more than half of incumbent state legislators from western Massachusetts will get a free ride during this year's elections.

A handgun with bullets.
Brett Hondow / Creative Commons

Is there a way to take away a person's legally licensed gun, fairly and constitutionally, if their family raises a “red flag”? Massachusetts lawmakers are working on that question.

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