WORCESTER COUNTY

Coverage of Worcester County, Massachusetts.

A Massachusetts State Police vehicle at the scene in West Brookfield. The bodies were found in the house directly behind it.
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Four bodies found in a home in central Massachusetts are a woman and three children, according to authorities.

As the nation's dairy farmers struggle through their fourth year of depressed milk prices, concerns are rising that many are becoming depressed themselves. The outlook for the next year is so bleak, it's heightening worries — especially in the Northeast — about farmer suicides.

Agri-Mark Inc., a dairy cooperative with about 1,000 members, saw three farmers take their own lives in the past three years. The most recent was last month. It's a very small sample, but very sharp and disturbing increase.

Empty classroom with chairs.
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Students are taking part in walkouts across the country on Wednesday following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Massachusetts public schools are on February break, but students are organizing for the next planned walkout, scheduled for March 14.

Jersey dairy cows feed at Mapleline Farm in Hadley, Massachusetts.
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For dairy farms in New England, the outlook for milk prices is not good this year. The stress has been tied to suicides among dairy farmers.

Okane Hall at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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The board of trustees for the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, met Feb. 3 and decided that the school mascot will continue to be the crusader.

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