HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

The MGM resort casino, under construction in Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican

Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a measure that would make it easier for people with criminal histories to work at casinos in the state, including MGM Springfield, which is scheduled to open next year.

Town Hall in Agawam, Massachusetts.
File Photo / The Republican

In the Agawam mayoral election on Tuesday, voters will choose between City Council president Jimmy Cichetti and former school superintendent Bill Sapelli.

The candidates are running to replace outgoing Mayor Richard Cohen, who is not seeking re-election after eight terms as mayor, but is on the ballot for a spot on the City Council.

Former Holyoke City Councilor Jay Ferreira (left) and Mayor Alex Morse.
File photo / MassLive

Holyoke, Massachusetts, a city of about 40,000 residents, has been led the last six years by Alex Morse, who was a senior at Brown University when he first ran.

Greg Saulmon / The Republican

The top judge in Massachusetts says the lack of available lawyers in juvenile court is a constitutional emergency and that the problem is particularly serious in the western part of the state.

Bill Dickinson / Creative Commons

Massachusetts legislators on the Transportation Committee will learn more Tuesday about a bill that would authorize a study on high-speed train service between Springfield and Boston. 

The interior of the Paramount Theater in Springfield in 2016.
Dave Roback / The Republican

A $3.65 million federal loan guarantee will help finance the rehabilitation of the Massasoit Building, which houses Springfield's historic Paramount Theater.

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

In her day job, Chicopee, Massachusetts, attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud does family law -- divorce, custody, child support. But on her own time, she's filed civil rights lawsuits on behalf of Muslim communities who feel threatened, especially African-American Muslims like herself.

A facility in Springfield, Mass., where trains will be manufactured will open this winter.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

A factory that will build trains for the T in Boston is almost ready to open. 

Original WWI artwork from Armory employee Joseph Farrelley was featured on posters and in newsletters to inspire employees.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

The Springfield Armory played a key role in making the rifles and other weapons used by the three and a half million American soldiers who fought in World War I. 

Town Hall in Agawam, Massachusetts.
File Photo / The Republican

Voters in Agawam, Mass., narrowed a field of three mayoral candidates down to two after a preliminary election Tuesday.

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