Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

The band Landowner, from Holyoke, Massachusetts, plays a basement in Northampton.
Ellery Berenger / NEPR

What do the musical acts The Pixies, Staind, and Taj Mahal have in common? They all had their start in western Massachusetts. 

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will start offering free bus travel to seniors on Tuesdays starting in July.

Miriam Nelson resigned as the president of Hampshire College on April 5, 2019.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

A group trying to raise money to keep Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, open and independent says it's seen a jump in contribution activity since the school's president resigned.

Hampshire College President Miriam Nelson walking on campus.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Updated 10:45 p.m.

The president of Hampshire College has quit her post amid mounting turmoil over the future of the small private school in Amherst, Massachusetts. 

A sign at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Diane Lederman / The Republican / Masslive.com/photos

As Hampshire College continues to consider its future amid a tough financial outlook, it may have another issue to deal with: its insurance coverage.