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Federal Government Says Franklin County “Medically Under-Served”

The town of Montague and parts of western Franklin County have less than one full-time physician for every three-thousand residents which constitutes the designation of federal “Health Professional Shortage Areas” by both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state Department of Public Health.

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Stephanie Slysz

2 weeks ago

Not All Welcome Northampton City Hall “Black Lives Matter” Banner

The banner was hung Monday as a part of the city's Martin Luther King Day remembrance, but some residents tell Western Mass News they are uncomfortable with the banner because they feel it sends an anti-law enforcement message.

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2 weeks ago

Amherst Woman Alleges Assault By Two Men

The woman told detectives she was assaulted early yesterday morning by two men near the Amherst Motel on Northampton Road.

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3 weeks ago

Western Mass Braces For Weekend Storm

Weather models are tracking a front which could bring near blizzard conditions to parts of New England this weekend


3 weeks ago

Amherst To Reconfigure Elementary Schools

The Amherst School Committee votes to close the Wildwood and Fort River schools and create a new school for grades two through six

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3 weeks ago

Monson High , Other Schools, Evacuated By Bomb Threats

Monson was one of 15 schools across the region to receive similar threats

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Franklin Council Calls For Pipeline Veracity Hearing

Franklin County officials want another hearing to gauge the necessity of a proposed natural gas pipeline

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3 weeks ago

Amherst State Rep. Ellen Story Considers Retiring

Story has represented Amherst, Pelham and part of Granby since 1992

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Stephanie Slysz

3 weeks ago

”Black Lives Matter” Banner Hanging On Northampton City Hall

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz stood with more than one hundred supporters on the steps of City Hall in solidarity with the growing Black Lives Matter movement saying the move allows the city to “add its voice” to the ongoing national debate over race relations.


3 weeks ago

Holyoke Crime Rate Lowest In 15 Years

Since the city began tracking crime data in the year 2000, officials say 2015 saw an all-time low of 5,300 crimes committed in Holyoke, a drop of one-thousand incidents since 2012.

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3 weeks ago

Chicopee Convenience Store Bathroom Loses Camera

The owner of the Burnett Road Pride station says the camera was installed after racist and offense graffiti was scrawled in the bathroom.

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3 weeks ago

Ice Not Safe Says Amherst Police Chief

Chief Tim Nelson says the weather hasn't been cold enough for skating and walking on iced over lakes, ponds and rivers.

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3 weeks ago

Deerfield Police Warn of Facebook Phishing Scam

The scam involves Facebook messenger asking people to disclose personal financial information, which is then used to lift money out of bank accounts.

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3 weeks ago

Amherst Restaurant Death Under Investigation

The body of 32-year-old Adam Gamble was found Tuesday inside Bertucci's Restaurant, but that the death does not appear to be suspicious according to the Northwestern District Attorney's office.


3 weeks ago

Engineer Hired To Study Pipeline Impacts on Montague Water

The Turners Falls Water Department has hired Geo-Insight to look into how the pipeline will affect the district's backup supplies after pipeline plans to drill through that aquifer were submitted to the feds.


3 weeks ago

Easthampton Mother & Daughter Drug Schemers Avoid Jail

Pleading guilty to charges related to their two-and-a-half year scheme of writing themselves false prescriptions for opioid painkillers and other pills Easthampton residents Theresa Coe, 49, and daughter Toni Lobdell, 27 will not be facing any jail time for their 255 charges.


3 weeks ago

Designer Heroin Confiscated In Springfield

A raid last night in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood snagged the stash of what's being described as “designer” Versace heroin.

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3 weeks ago

SJC Approves Third Rintala Murder Trial

The recent state Supreme Judicial Court ruling says there is enough evidence to try Cara Rintala a third time for the 2010 murder of Annemarie Cochrane Rintala.

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Cosby seeks to keep court records sealed in defamation case

A federal magistrate hears arguments on whether materials gathered in a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby can be kept from the public

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4 weeks ago

Deerfield Academy Settles Teacher Abuse Lawsuit

The school agreed to pay a half million dollars to settle the federal suit filed by a former student who claimed he was abused by a teacher

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