HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

A section of mural at the Seuss museum in Springfield, Mass.
Dave Roback / The Republican

Facing increasing pressure for how it's chosen to handle the legacy of a children's book author with a mixed record on issues of race and prejudice, the new Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Mass., has acknowledged a change is needed.

The Springfield Thunderbirds are the AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers.
Danny Baxter / MassLive

This weekend, Springfield's minor league hockey team will open the season on the road against the Providence Bruins.

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commisioners Britte McBride, left, and Kay Doyle listen to public comments at Holyoke Community College on Oct. 4, 2017.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission on Wednesday kicked off a listening tour, in Holyoke, where people advocated for everything from strict controls to lenient oversight.

Government and nonprofit leaders in Holyoke, Mass., gathered to prepare for the expected arrival of people from Puerto Rico.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

Holyoke was once a robust industrial city, like others along major U.S. rivers in the 19th and 20th centuries. Paper manufacturing was king here, and like other industrial cities Holyoke attracted waves of Irish, French Canadian, German, Polish and Italians immigrants to work in the mills.

Mary C. Serreze / The Republican

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear four cases in Greenfield on Tuesday. One of them involves a man named Anthony Ortiz, and it could impact state law on the search of a car during a traffic stop.

A sign outside Enlace de Familia in Holyoke, Mass. on Thursday, September 28, 2017.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

An unknown number of Puerto Rican families may be heading toward the mainland U.S. in the coming weeks in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. They'll be in need of jobs, housing and health care, and western Massachusetts is getting ready.

This week, the Trump administration announced it arrested almost five hundred people across the country for immigration violations, focusing on areas that don't cooperate with immigration officers.

Don Treeger / The Republican

Earlier this week, a school librarian in Cambridge said she was returning ten Dr. Seuss books to Melania Trump. The first lady sent the books to schools across the country as part of National Read A Book Day.

A view of the MGM Springfield casino project underway.
Don Treeger / The Republican


The nearly billion-dollar MGM casino in Springfield is slated to open this time next year. That's the company's expectation, and it's certainly the hope of Steve Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

AlexiusHoratius / Creative Commons

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded $100,000 to Northampton to come up with an advertising strategy.

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