HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

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.

The MGM Springfield construction site.
Don Treeger / The Republican

MGM's Springfield casino is scheduled to open in less than a year. That could have local residents with gambling addictions nervous. 

The polling place at Falcetti Towers in Holyoke, Mass., saw light turnout on Sept. 26, 2017, for a preliminary election for mayor.
Sam Hudzik / NEPR

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse will take on former City Councilor Jay Ferreira in November. They led a field of four candidates in Tuesday's preliminary election.

Homes lay in ruin as seen from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations, Black Hawk during a flyover of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria September 23, 2017.
Kris Grogan / U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Students, families and many school staff in Holyoke, Massachusetts, are still desperate for news from relatives in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last week.

File Photo / The Republican

On Tuesday, voters in Holyoke, Massachusetts, will narrow the field of candidates for mayor.

A scene from Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
PBS NewsHour

Hurricane Maria is creating a challenge for a Massachusetts business.

In Springfield, Massachusetts, A School Divided

Sep 22, 2017
Kaitlin Giorgio, a member of Teach for America, guards the doors at the entrance of the Springfield Honors Academy at the High School of Commerce in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Monday, September 11, 2017.
Brittany Greeson / Crossing The Divide

On an early Monday morning, a stream of sleepy teenagers wearing maroon polos and tan slacks passed under a decorative gothic arch to enter the High School of Commerce in Springfield, Massachusetts.

National Hurricane Center

Carmen Ocasio has a lot of family on Puerto Rico. She said Wednesday that she is not watching television or going on social media. She can't handle it. 

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield
Springfield Museums / via MassLive

Since it opened in June, the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum has attracted thousands of visitors to Springfield. It features murals and statues of some of the author's most famous characters, like Horton the Elephant and the Cat in the Hat.

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