FRANKLIN COUNTY

Coverage of Franklin County, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Route 8A northbound entering Heath, Massachusetts.
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Residents of Heath, Massachusetts, chose not to sell an empty school building to a cannabis company this week. 

Outgoing Chicopee, Massachusetts, Mayor Richard Kos.
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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.
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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. 

Massachusetts State Sen. Jo Comerford at Greenfield Community College on January 21, 2019.
Paul Franz / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Massachusetts State Senator Jo Comerford, who represents more than 20 cities and towns in Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester counties, wants the state to explore rail service between Boston and North Adams.

Massachusetts State Sen. Eric Lesser introduced a bill that would pay people to move to western Massachusetts.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

A bill introduced in the Massachusetts state Senate would create a financial incentive for people to relocate to the state's western region.

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