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Plastic Bag Ban Passes First Vote in Northampton

The city of Northampton is close to becoming the first Pioneer Valley community to ban the use of single-layer plastic bags.

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Northampton Looks at Limiting Political Donations

Northampton city councilors have opened debate on an ordinance which would reduce the amount of money municipal candidates could accept from individual donors.

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Freeze on Noho Water-Sewer Rates

Northampton residents will continue to pay the same water and sewer rates next year

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Holyoke Police Wrap Up 2-Week Surge

Holyoke Police are wrapping up Operation Full Throttle. Over the last two weeks police made more than 200 arrests.

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Amherst And Greenfield Get Downtown Grants

Amherst and Greenfield are among nine communities statewide to receive grants through the "Massachusetts Downtown Initiative."

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Gov. Baker seeks resignation of board that oversees MBTA

Gov. Charlie Baker is calling on members of the board that oversees the MBTA to resign.

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Greenfield Considers Committee to Study Raises

The town of Greenfield is considering establishing a new advisory committee to review municipal raises.

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Northampton Reuse Center Nearly Ready

Plans to open a reuse center at the former Glendale Road landfill will be presented to the Northampton City Council

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Ruth Constantine New Board Chairman At FSB

Ruth Constantine is the new chairman of the board at the Florence Bank.

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I-91 Viaduct Bid Awarded

Bids have been awarded for the reconstruction of the I-91 viaduct in Springfield.

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Abuse Allegation Against Williston-Northampton Teacher

A longtime faculty member at Williston Northampton School has been placed on administrative leave over an allegation that the teacher sexually assaulted a student in the late 1970s.

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Northampton Fire Chief Retiring

Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan has announced his retirement after 17 years.

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Needle Clean-Up Set in Holyoke

Volunteers with Tapestry Health will comb the city picking up hypodermic needles on Saturday.

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Protesters Call Police ‘Pigs’ & ‘Racists’

Springfield and state police made 15 arrests after protesters blocked a busy intersection.

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Greenfield H.S. to get 8 Lane Track, Not Turf Field

The new Greenfield High School WILL be getting an eight-lane track--but it will NOT be getting a turf field at the rear of the school.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Westhampton

Massachusetts State Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash in Westhampton.

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Man Jailed After Violent Domestic Assault

An Easthampton man is held without bail after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend last week.

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Amherst Gears Up For Extravaganja

Amherst is gearing up for the annual Extravaganja festival on the town common Saturday.

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DPU Rescinds ‘Retroactive Recalculation’ Rule

The Department of Public Utilities has rescinded a rule that hit people with huge surcharges for switching electric companies.

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Vermont Yankee Hearing in Greenfield

Western Mass. residents have a chance tonight (Tuesday night) to ask some questions of an oversight committee overseeing the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant.

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