HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
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On Monday night, the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council will consider a resolution that calls for more diversity in Mayor Domenic Sarno's cabinet. 

Amarilys De Leon, at right, and her daughter, Mayrangelique Rojas De Leon, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

Among the thousands of people who left Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last year, many have come to New England. And for a variety of reasons, they won’t return to the island.   

Steve Hoffman, chair of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, in a file photo.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Marijuana regulators in Massachusetts are inching closer to finalizing regulations for the state's new industry. 

A rifle with a bump stock, which will soon be illegal to own in Massachusetts.
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Under a new law, Massachusetts gun owners have until Wednesday, Jan. 31 to relinquish bump stocks, which allow rifles to be fired more rapidly.

Yoamar Vergara, at front, and others who evacuated Puerto Rico fill out job applications for positions at MGM Springfield.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Yoamar Vergara was living in the Puerto Rican city of Bayamon when Hurricane Maria hit the island's shores. Two days later, a friend living Springfield, Massachusetts, said she could move in.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Catholic schools in western Massachusetts, like elsewhere in the country, have been losing students in recent years, and some have closed. 

The Dr. Seuss museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, put up a new mural, after the original drew controversy for its depiction of a Chinese man.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Visitors to the Dr. Seuss museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, will be greeted by a new mural starting Tuesday. That’s after the original one was taken down, following criticism that it was racist. 

A new survey shows that eighth grade students in Springfield, Massachusetts, are more likely to feel hopeless than their counterparts in the rest of the state.

Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council, seen in file photo, has issued the organization's support for Enfield, Conn., in its bid to become the second national headquarters for Amazon.
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A bid to bring Amazon's second headquarters to Enfield, Connecticut, fell short. The two-state plan was backed by Rick Sullivan, head of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

Pediatrician Vinny Biggs at the Holyoke Health Center.
Karen Brown / NEPR

A wellness program in Massachusetts links together community resources to help people improve their health. It took a few years to get rolling and will soon have to end without new funding.

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