HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Tara Parrish, Director of the Pioneer Valley Project, speaks inside the South Congregational United Church of Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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A Springfield, Massachusetts, church is offering sanctuary to a Peruvian woman facing deportation, along with her two American-born children.

St. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
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Dozens of Catholic churches in Springfield, Massachusetts, have closed over the past decade, as membership has fallen. Lately, diocesan leaders have been asking parishioners how they can improve the church.

The scene on Monday, the day after a fatal fire at 49 Belmont Ave. in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Sunday morning's fire on Belmont Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts, killed Aden Abdakadr and his two children, Ahmed Ahmed, who was two, and Fatumo Ahmed, who was one year old.

Water running from a faucet.
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The city of Westfield, Massachusetts, now has three of its wells off-line.

A blackjack game.
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MGM is asking the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to help pay for Springfield-area residents to train as casino employees. The company has indicated it will hire more than 1,000 Springfield residents to work in the casino when it opens in September.

Kiam Rennix.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

This is how a guitar prodigy starts out: Kiam Rennix of Springfield, Massachusetts, was seven years old, watching a Saturday children's show on public TV in his grandmother's house. A segment came on showing how to make your own string instrument. 

About 200 people attended a gun control rally across the street from gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson's headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 14, 2018.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

After students across the country walked out of class in a call for gun control legislation, teens and adults in Springfield, Massachusetts, held a rally outside the headquarters of gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson.

Michael Buoniconti, superintendent of the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School Districts, stands out side the Mohawk Trail Regional Middle and High Schools in Shelburne, Massachusetts. A video camera monitors who wants to enter the school.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Students across the country will walk out of class Wednesday morning to mark one month since the Parkland shooting, and to call for safer schools.

In the past decade, it’s become the norm for students to practice lockdowns to protect against an intruder with a gun. Now some western Massachusetts educators say they want to do more to secure their schools.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks from the stage during her open house at Springfield Technical Community College on March 9, 2018.
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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said she doesn't think a possible meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely to be effective. 

Alden Bourne / NEPR

Riders of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority are crying foul over possible service cuts and fare increases. The PVTA blames a lack of money from the state of Massachusetts.

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