HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

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Police in Springfield, Massachusetts, say they will enforce state law when it comes to legalized marijuana, unless they receive additional guidance from top state officials. At the same time, police spokesman Ryan Walsh said the department will cooperate with any federal investigations.  

Protesters picket outside Kinder Morgan's Agawam, Mass. office.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Protestors demonstrated outside of the Agawam, Massachusetts, offices of gas pipeline company Kinder Morgan Wednesday. They are upset that more than 16,000 gallons of contaminated water were released improperly last fall.

Alden Bourne / NEPR

A ceremony took place at the Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts on Monday to mark the transfer of about 5,000 guns owned by the U.S. Army.

Tendzin Parsons, at right, was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty in Northampton District Court January 5th, 2018. His lawyer, Stephen Ferrarone, stands with him.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

A former western Massachusetts bus driver has been sentenced to a year in jail in connection to the 2016 death of a third-grader.

A representation of Los Tres Reyes from Puerto Rico. Three Kings Day is an important celebration among Latino families in the U.S., and is both a religious and cultural celebration.
National Museum of American Art

After Hurricane Maria, thousands of Puerto Ricans who never planned to leave the island are spending their first January 6 -- also known as Three Kings Day -- in the cold, snowy northeast. 

Figurines in snow.
Peter Lee / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/oldpatterns

Western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut can expect snow and wind Thursday. But the weather's not likely to generate the blizzard conditions eastern New England could see.

Easthampton Mayor-elect Nicole LaChapelle, center, greets supporters at the Brass Cat in Easthampton on November 7, 2017.
Chris Marion / The Republican

Three new mayors will be sworn in the first week of January in western Massachusetts.

Dora Robinson in her living room in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her home is filled with artwork from the African diaspora that she's collected over the years.
Ben James / NEPR

Monuments to the Confederacy have become sites of renewed controversy in recent months. But not all acts of confrontation and reconciliation occur in public.

A girl walks with a sign near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017 at the Women's March.
Anthony Quintano / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/quintanomedi

“Feminism” is not a new word, but it is Merriam-Webster’s 2017 word of the year. The Springfield, Massachusetts-based dictionary said the word “feminism” was looked up on its website 70 percent more this year than last year.

Mass. Sen. Stanley Rosenberg walks by Campus Pond at UMass Amherst, his alma mater, after speaking to students there Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Stephanie Murray / State House News Service

We start this week on Beacon Hill, where Democrat Stan Rosenberg has, for now, temporarily stepped aside from his position as Senate president. 

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