FRANKLIN COUNTY

Coverage of Franklin County, Massachusetts.

Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Paul Franz / Daily Hampshire Gazette

A judge has ruled that Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, violated federal labor laws.

A sign in front of St. Anne Church in Chicopee, Massachusetts, announcing the day of prayer.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Some Catholics in western Massachusetts heeded the call of their bishop Monday and headed to church to pray for victims of clergy abuse and their families.

Massachusetts Route 8A northbound entering Heath, Massachusetts.
John Phelan / Creative Commons

Residents of Heath, Massachusetts, chose not to sell an empty school building to a cannabis company this week. 

Outgoing Chicopee, Massachusetts, Mayor Richard Kos.
John Suchocki / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Chicopee, Massachusetts, Mayor Richard Kos said he's not running for re-election. This creates at least the second race for an open mayoral seat in western Mass. this year. 

Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, at right, with Mayor Domenic Sarno, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Topping the short list of news this week is Springfield police commissioner John Barbieri's retirement from the post. The move comes amid fresh accussations of police brutality and several officers facing state and federal charges. 

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