Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

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A judge in Springfield, Massachusetts, has released two criminal defendants from jail because they have not been given a state-funded defense lawyer.

Lawsuit Alleges Massachusetts Public Education System Violates Civil Rights

Jun 13, 2019
School buses lined up.
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Parents and students from seven Massachusetts communities are joining advocacy groups to sue the state over disparities in public education, alleging that chronic underfunding provided to their districts unfairly leaves wide swaths of students behind compared to their peers.

Liz O'Gilvie, at left, is chair of the Springfield Food Policy Council. Zenaida Figueroa, at right, has cooked for the schools in Springfield, Massachusetts, for 17 years.
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The first thing second graders saw this spring when they walked through the classroom door at Boland Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts, was a table loaded with juice and milk cartons.

Cathedral Square in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Many Catholic church officials in New England are staying tight-lipped after a tweet from the Providence, Rhode Island, bishop led to criticism and protests.

City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts, took a first step Monday toward addressing low voter turnout in local elections.