HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

A police body camera is used in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Ryan Johnson / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/northcharleston

Members of the Springfield police union will vote on a contract agreement Friday. The deal includes a gradual 13 percent pay raise and — for the first time — police body cameras.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno in February 2018.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno is facing criticism after he vetoed an ordinance establishing a chief diversity officer for the city.

A PVTA bus.
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Pioneer Valley Transit Authority riders face a fare increase of 20 percent in less than two weeks. The bus company has been working to make sure its customers are aware it.

Evacuees from Puerto Rico gather in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, facing a housing crisis.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

Some families in New England who fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria nine months ago are still using housing vouchers from FEMA to pay for hotels. The voucher program ends on June 30.

An incident in 2016 between Agawam, Massachusetts, police and a suspect led to three officers getting fired.
Agawam Police Department / Masslive / masslive.com/photos

The FBI is ending its investigation into a group of western Massachusetts police officers for allegedly using excessive force against a prisoner. 

Springfield City Councilor Marcus Williams, left, leads a meeting of the council's Public Safety Committee on June 12, 2018.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

The president of the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council says the council has been left out of the loop when it comes to contract negotiations for police officers.

Gisella Collazo, right, outside South Congregational Church with Emily Rodriguez of the Pioneer Valley Project.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A woman who faced deportation and took sanctuary at a Springfield, Massachusetts, church has received a one-year stay of removal from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In Gill, Massachusetts, Police Sgt. Christopher Redmond wore a body camera in this 2015 photo.
Patrick Johnson / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The police union in Springfield, Massachusetts, has agreed to have officers wear body cameras. The department-wide policy is part of new contracts announced Friday. 

Bill Cosby in 2012.
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A federal appeals court in Massachusetts has ruled an insurance company must pay to defend Bill Cosby against a defamation lawsuit.

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

Expanded train service between Springfield, Hartford and New Haven is set to begin in the coming days.

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