HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Cristopher "Domi" Lora, a senior, and Marco Jusino, a junior, are peer leaders in Pa'lante. They facilitate restorative justice circles for students in conflict at Holyoke High School.
Ben James / NEPR

Walk down the hallway at Holyoke High School and step into room 319, the student support room, and you’ll see a dozen chairs arranged in a broad circle. There are plants in the windows. 

From left, Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, Assistant District Attorney Max Bennett, and Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

This story was updated at 4:01 p.m.

Authorities have identified three bodies found at the Springfield, Massachusetts, home of a kidnapping suspect. 

Student Mayrangelique Rojas De Leon talks about what's ahead after graduation from Holyoke High School in June.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

After Hurricane Maria last September, a few thousand school aged-students were among those who left Puerto Rico with their families and came to New England. As the school year wraps up some of them are graduating, thousands of miles away from home.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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With all of the paperwork in, more than half of incumbent state legislators from western Massachusetts will get a free ride during this year's elections.

Alden Bourne / NEPR

Baystate Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts, could receive half a million dollars from the state for care it's provided to hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico.

Investigators brought shovels onto the property in Springfield, Massachusetts, where three bodies were previously found.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said investigators are using ground-penetrating radar to search a Springfield, Massachusetts, property where three bodies have been found in recent days. 

Before his retirement in 2017, Jim Madigan hosted news programs at WGBY public television in Springfield, Massachusetts.
WGBY

Jim Madigan, the longtime host of news programs on WGBY, died last weekend, the Springfield public television station said Wednesday.

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

Western Massachusetts will soon have its own treatment facility for opioid addicts. The Stonybrook Stabilization and Treatment Centers will be in both Ludlow and Springfield. 

John Velis is a Massachusetts state representative from Westfield.
George Delisle / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts state Representative John Velis will leave for military duty in Afghanistan next month. The Westfield Democrat is a lawyer, and a captain in the Army Reserves.

A PVTA bus.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

A new Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus route will give passengers a free ride around downtown Springfield. Officials say the the route will be funded by MGM Springfield.

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