HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Greg Saulmon / The Republican

The top judge in Massachusetts says the lack of available lawyers in juvenile court is a constitutional emergency and that the problem is particularly serious in the western part of the state.

Bill Dickinson / Creative Commons

Massachusetts legislators on the Transportation Committee will learn more Tuesday about a bill that would authorize a study on high-speed train service between Springfield and Boston. 

The interior of the Paramount Theater in Springfield in 2016.
Dave Roback / The Republican

A $3.65 million federal loan guarantee will help finance the rehabilitation of the Massasoit Building, which houses Springfield's historic Paramount Theater.

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

In her day job, Chicopee, Massachusetts, attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud does family law -- divorce, custody, child support. But on her own time, she's filed civil rights lawsuits on behalf of Muslim communities who feel threatened, especially African-American Muslims like herself.

A facility in Springfield, Mass., where trains will be manufactured will open this winter.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

A factory that will build trains for the T in Boston is almost ready to open. 

Original WWI artwork from Armory employee Joseph Farrelley was featured on posters and in newsletters to inspire employees.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

The Springfield Armory played a key role in making the rifles and other weapons used by the three and a half million American soldiers who fought in World War I. 

Town Hall in Agawam, Massachusetts.
File Photo / The Republican

Voters in Agawam, Mass., narrowed a field of three mayoral candidates down to two after a preliminary election Tuesday.

Holyoke High School.
File photo / MassLive.com

A Holyoke, Mass. school says it's reviewing its policies after a student's poetry reading blaming whites for oppression drew criticism online. 

Town Hall in Agawam, Massachusetts.
File Photo / The Republican

Voters in Agawam, Massachusetts, go to the polls Tuesday for a preliminary election in the city's mayoral race. 

A section of mural at the Seuss museum in Springfield, Mass.
Dave Roback / The Republican

Facing increasing pressure for how it's chosen to handle the legacy of a children's book author with a mixed record on issues of race and prejudice, the new Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Mass., has acknowledged a change is needed.

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