HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Amaad Rivera

An anti-gun mural in Springfield, Massachusetts, painted by the father of one of the students killed in the Parkland, Florida, shooting, has been vandalized.

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

MGM announced Thursday it plans to open its Springfield, Massachusetts, casino slightly ahead of schedule, on August 24. The news comes amid speculation the casino giant is wavering on its commitment to the project.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz talks to about 250 people at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

Right after Time magazine named her one of the most influential people of 2018, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz traveled to Holyoke, Massachusetts, a city some call Little Puerto Rico.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in a PBS NewsHour video from October 2017.
PBS NewsHour / YouTube

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is visiting western Massachusetts, starting Wednesday, to discuss Puerto Rico's future and ongoing challenges seven months after Hurricane Maria.

Manuel Oliver creates a mural outside South Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 20, 2018.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

The father of one of the students killed in Parkland, Florida in February was in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Friday, making his opinions known through art.

Evacuees from Puerto Rico gather in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, facing a housing crisis.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico won’t be evicted from temporary housing on Friday. A federal program offering assistance will get a funding extension until May 14. 

Parkland Parent Paints Mural In Springfield, Mass., To Call For Gun Control

Apr 20, 2018
Patricia and Manuel Oliver lost their son, Joaquin, in the Parkland school shooting. Now Manuel is touring the country installing murals calling for more gun control.
Amy Gorel / WBUR

More than two months ago, Nikolas Cruz allegedly entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and opened fire. In all, he shot and killed 17 people, leaving another 17 wounded.

Evacuees from Puerto Rico and activists gathered in Springfield Thursday.
Christopher Ayala / NEPR

In the wake of an island-wide blackout, evacuees from Puerto Rico living in western Massachusetts gathered Thursday at the Springfield offices of U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey to call for a housing solution. 

A March for Our Lives rally at Court Square in Springfield, Massachusetts, in March 2018.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

Students across the country are walking out of school Friday to advocate for gun control. In Massachusetts, where schools are closed for vacation week, local activists are holding a community conversation in Springfield. 

The Springfield, Mass., Police Department headquarters.
Unidentified staff photo / Springfield Republican

A federal investigation has been opened to review police practices in the former narcotics unit in Springfield, Massachusetts.  

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