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State Rep. Peter Kocot in June, 2015.

Vote on public records reform bill postponed for review

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — House lawmakers have pushed a vote to reform the state’s public records law to later this year as they review various objections to the bill’s language, which continues to be revised. The bill has been under review by the House Ways and Means Committee, with many supporters advocating for and expecting a House vote this week. But, more … 0

Judge denies UMass rape trial delay

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The third trial in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 will not be moved or delayed as the defense requested, and instead will begin Aug. 24. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard J. Carey wrote in a decision Tuesday that he was not persuaded … 0

Defendants in UMass gang rape case want new venue; Lawyers argue last two defendants won’t get fair trial because of media coverage

Monday, July 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorneys for the two remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 told a judge Monday that media coverage of the case meant their clients could not get fair trials in Hampshire County — at least not any time soon. But Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jennifer H. Suhl said the defendants’ … 0

Rosenberg pipes up about gas, pipeline

Monday, May 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A proposed agreement between Berkshire Gas and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. should be the subject of a public hearing, in Western Massachusetts, by the state’s Department of Public Utilities, according to a letter sent to the agency by Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Monday. … 0

Faces gets new lease

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Beloved downtown merchant Faces will remain open. Colebrook Realty Services Inc. has announced the store was sold to Chris Andrew Inc., which plans to keep the landmark retailer open for business. Chris Andrew Inc. is controlled by Camile and Tiffany Hannoush and Chris and Amy Pariseau. … 0

Healey says she’s committed to battling opioid crisis

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says her office is committed to turning the state’s opioid crisis around. “I think it’s important that we call this what it is. It is a disease. This is a public health crisis,” said Healey at a fundraiser for Tapestry Health, … 0

Rep. McGovern wants debate on policy in Iraq

Thursday, April 2, 2015

When Congress returns from its break April 13, U.S. Rep. James McGovern aims to force a discussion about U.S. military escalation in Iraq in the fight against ISIS. In fact, he believes members of Congress are shirking their … 0

Human services workers rally in Northampton after soured negotiations

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A breakdown in contract negotiations sent more than 100 human service workers from Clinical & Support Options into the street to protest outside the agency’s headquarters Wednesday morning. The agency provides services to thousands of people … 0

Patrick Donnelly appointed seventh poet laureate in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Donnelly once studied classical singing and acting, with an eye to becoming an opera singer. Although those plans did not work out, he also had a deep interest in writing that he subsequently developed — … 0

State officials get earful about Open Meeting Law

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Open Meeting Law presentation at an annual conference for local civic leaders Saturday turned into a venting session about how many of them felt the law gets in the way of their work. John A. Payne, chairman of the Shelburne Select Board, said he believed … 0

Rosenberg vows work on welfare overhaul

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The welfare system in Massachusetts was once a model for the nation after reforms in the 1990s, but now ranks among the worst in the country at putting people back to work. State Senate President Stanley … 1

Testimony begins in trial of former Mass. teacher accused of child rape

Thursday, February 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former middle school science teacher from Southampton admitted to his wife and police that he sexually molested a girl for approximately five years, but his lawyer contends that James L. Parks is not guilty of … 0

A new frontline for veteran's care

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A small, framed motto sits on John P. Collins’ desk in Building 12 at the VA Medical Center in Leeds. It reads, “If you’re not serving the patient, you’re job is to serve someone who is.” … 0