FRANKLIN COUNTY

Coverage of Franklin County, Massachusetts.

A box of joints branded as Dogwalkers are sold at Rise, a marijuana medical dispensary in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

A day that many people have long pushed for in Massachusetts finally arrived. If you’re over 21 it’s legal, now, to buy marijuana in a store licensed by the state. But the illegal market isn’t expected to go away anytime soon.

The Shutesbury Fire Department building in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.
Luis Fieldman / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Town officials in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, are meeting Tuesday to discuss the contract for the fire chief after he said he'd quit, and the volunteer firefighters who work with him said they'd do the same.

August Thomas at the Montague Bookmill.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

Author August Thomas spent a lot of time working on her latest novel at the independent bookstore in Montague, Massachusetts, called The Bookmill -- so that's where we met to talk to kick off our summer fiction series.

Bill Cosby in 2012.
Sen. Chris Coons / Creative Commons / flickr.com/people/59014345@N05

A federal appeals court in Massachusetts has ruled an insurance company must pay to defend Bill Cosby against a defamation lawsuit.

Charlemont Town Hall.
File Photo / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The western Massachusetts town of Charlemont has voted to establish a fire department, even though it's had one for more than 100 years.

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