Coverage of Franklin County, Massachusetts.

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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.

Farmer Norm Davenport in Shelburne, Massachusetts, can't find enough customers to purchase his hay.
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In recent years, milk prices have dropped. And dairy farms -- including some in western Massachusetts -- have sold off their cows. Some say their hay customers are disappearing along with the animals.