Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

Frances Crowe in her home in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Kari Njiiri / NEPR

Frances Crowe, the longtime peace activist and anti-nuclear campaigner, recently celebrated a milestone. She turned 100 years of age in mid-March.

Okane Hall at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Some colleges and universities across the country have taken a more egalitarian approach to admissions: removing students' ability to pay from their decisions. But College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, has inched back in that direction.

The library at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Creative Commons

Updated 4:47 p.m. 

Two dozen staff at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, are losing their jobs, and about 60 faculty will also be impacted. 

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Expanded rail service between Springfield and Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield should begin by late summer. That's the latest estimate from the Masachusetts Department of Transportation.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

When it comes to higher education in Massachusetts, lawmakers consider splitting the bill. Or maybe they'll at least leave a tip?