HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Attendees of a City Council meeting in Springfield, Mass. stood up and applauded after approval of an order preventing the city from interfering in religious institutions that provide sanctuary to immigrants.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts, passed an order Monday night that says the city will not interfere with religious institutions that provide sanctuary to immigrants.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

We kick off with a decision from Massachusetts highest court this week in favor of the Berkshire Museum's sale of dozens of its art works, including at least one piece by Norman Rockwell. 

Springfield Building Commissioner Steve Desilets conducts an inspection of the living space at South Congregational Church on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Mayor Domenic Sarno called for the inspection.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

City officials said Thursday a Springfield, Massachusetts, church has passed an inspection for “minimum life safety and sanitary requirements.” A Peruvian woman facing deportation has been living there with her two American-born children. 

A special City Council meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, would have centered around a vote that could bar city employees from interfering with a church's offering sanctuary to Gisella Collazo was postponed.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A special City Council meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, that had been scheduled for Tuesday was postponed.

A special City Council meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, would have centered around a vote that could bar city employees from interfering with a church's offering sanctuary to Gisella Collazo was postponed.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council on Thursday proposed an order that says no city employee should interfere with South Congregational Church in providing sanctuary to a woman from Peru. 

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski.
Karen Brown / NEPR

St. Mary's High School in Westfield, Massachusetts, will remain open for at least another year, after all. Its closure was announced this month, but the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese is offering help.

Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield, Massachusetts, speaks at a city hall press conference on crime stats in January 2018. Behind him are Deputy Chief Cheryl Clapprood and Police Commissioner John Barbieri.
Patrick Johnson / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, is criticizing a city church providing sanctuary to a Peruvian woman facing deportation. 

At a press conference in Springfield, Massachusetts, Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni announced several arrests of individuals who allegedly sold opioids that led to a string of overdoses.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

A spike in severe and fatal opioid overdoses in western Massachusetts this month led an emergency room doctor to alert state police, and three people are now facing charges.

Stephen Zrike
Greg Saulmon / The Republican/masslive.com/photos

At a meeting of state education regulators on Tuesday, the receiver in charge of the Holyoke, Massachusetts, public schools told the board that while the district is making strides in some areas, it continues to face challenges in others.

A Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus makes a stop at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
File Photo / The Republican

Representatives of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority are traveling to Boston on Wednesday to make the case for providing enough funding to avoid proposed service cuts.

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