HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

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.

Blessed Sacrament students Dara Cassidy, Siobhan Armstrong, Molly Smith and Gracie Chesmore place flags on graves belonging to veterans at Cavalry Cemetery in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

If you drive past a cemetery on Memorial Day, you might notice small American flags planted next to certain cemetery plots. That's because in recent weeks, volunteers have placed flags next to the headstones of military veterans.

Water running from a faucet.
Skitterphoto / Creative Commons

A plan to decontaminate water in Westfield, Massachusetts, stands a good chance of passing after a city councilor said he'll change his vote.

A Tapestry health clinic in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Carol Lollis / The Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The Trump administration has proposed new rules which could mean funding cuts for health clinics in Massachusetts and other states. 

Springfield Technical Community College employees picket for the removal of college President John Cook on May 21, 2018.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Faculty and staff who are calling for the removal of Springfield Technical Community College president John Cook picketed before a meeting of the school's Board of Trustees Monday evening.

Brynn Cartelli, 15, of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, takes part in the Live Playoffs on "The Voice" on April 16, 2018.
NBC

A high school student from western Massachusetts performed on a national TV program Monday night, trying to win a singing competition.

A closed on-ramp to I-291 in Springfield.
Michael S. Gordon / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Massachusetts attorney general has ordered a Florida company to cough up $45,000, charging it failed to pay enough to workers on a Springfield bridge project.

Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is seen at a meeting with the school's Board of Trustees before his resignation in 2013.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The name of former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle will be coming off a library in eastern Massachusetts -- at least, if he has his way.

The Greenfield Community College main campus building.
File Photo / The Daily Hampshire Gazette

A new survey finds that almost half of community college students in Massachusetts reported not being able to afford enough food or a place to live.

Progress continues on the MGM Springfield casino project as they look to the grand opening in five months. This is the view along Main Street looking south.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A new survey from Western New England University finds a majority of Springfield, Massachusetts, residents continue to support the MGM casino project downtown, 61 to 26 percent.

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