Coverage of Franklin County, Massachusetts.

The Connecticut River seen in Sunderland, Massachusetts.
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Thousands of volunteers helped collect an estimated 50 tons of trash from the Connecticut River and its tributaries in four states last week.

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The city of Greenfield, Massachusetts, is launching a drone program to assist its police and fire departments.

A polling place in western Massachusetts.
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Primary election day is over in Massachusetts. Here are the results focusing on the western part of the state, from The Associated Press.

The seven Democratic candidates for the 1st Franklin District in the Massachusetts House met for a debate at Deerfield Academy on August 7, 2018.
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Rural western Massachusetts versus Beacon Hill: that's the theme in the crowded Democratic primary to replace state Rep. Steve Kulik. The district includes 10 communities in Franklin County, as well as some hill towns to the south.

A polling place in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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There are important contested races in western Massachusetts. Here’s what you need to know as we head toward the state's primary election on September 4.