BERKSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Nurses on the picket line at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass. during a one-day strike in June 2017.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Massachusetts Nurses Association and Baystate Franklin Medical Center have reached a settlement on a new contract.

Ciro, a retired police dog, is led into the Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital for his last call.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

Earlier this week, police officers from across western Massachusetts paid their respects to a fellow member of the force: a terminally ill dog from the Pittsfield K-9 unit.

Live racing was popular at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds in the last century.
Courtesy Fair Grounds Community Redevelopment Project / State House News Service

Horse racing could make a return to the fairgrounds in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, as soon as next year. The operators of the Suffolk Downs race track in East Boston have a deal to lease the Berkshire County facility.

Live racing was popular at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds in the last century.
Courtesy Fair Grounds Community Redevelopment Project / State House News Service

There's a new effort afoot to reestablish thoroughbred racing in the southern Berkshires, and the people behind the movement are coming to Beacon Hill with a legislative request to accommodate the new arrangement.

Mug shot of Alexander Ciccolo.
Department of Justice

There's still a lot unknown about the federal terrorism case against Alexander Ciccolo, and the 25-year-old's decision to plead guilty Monday in exchange for a 20-year prison sentence.

A Tapestry health clinic in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Carol Lollis / The Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The Trump administration has proposed new rules which could mean funding cuts for health clinics in Massachusetts and other states. 

Mug shot of Alexander Ciccolo.
Department of Justice

An Adams, Massachusetts, man has pleaded guilty to plotting a terrorist attack on a college campus to support the Islamic State group.

The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.
Shinya Suzuki / Creative Commons / https://flic.kr/ps/21KLS1

A Norman Rockwell painting sold by the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to one in California will be on display locally next month.

Mug shot of Alexander Ciccolo.
Department of Justice

An Adams, Massachusetts, man accused of plotting a terrorist attack plans to plead guilty on at least some charges. Alexander Ciccolo's trial had been scheduled to begin June 19. 

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

Now that the long legal battle is over, the first two pieces of art from the Berkshire Museum's collection will hit the auction block Monday night. 

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