Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield, Massachusetts, speaks at a city hall press conference on crime stats in January 2018. Behind him are Deputy Chief Cheryl Clapprood and Police Commissioner John Barbieri.
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The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, is criticizing a city church providing sanctuary to a Peruvian woman facing deportation. 

At a press conference in Springfield, Massachusetts, Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni announced several arrests of individuals who allegedly sold opioids that led to a string of overdoses.
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A spike in severe and fatal opioid overdoses in western Massachusetts this month led an emergency room doctor to alert state police, and three people are now facing charges.

Stephen Zrike
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At a meeting of state education regulators on Tuesday, the receiver in charge of the Holyoke, Massachusetts, public schools told the board that while the district is making strides in some areas, it continues to face challenges in others.

A Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus makes a stop at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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Representatives of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority are traveling to Boston on Wednesday to make the case for providing enough funding to avoid proposed service cuts.

Tara Parrish, Director of the Pioneer Valley Project, speaks inside the South Congregational United Church of Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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A Springfield, Massachusetts, church is offering sanctuary to a Peruvian woman facing deportation, along with her two American-born children.

St. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
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Dozens of Catholic churches in Springfield, Massachusetts, have closed over the past decade, as membership has fallen. Lately, diocesan leaders have been asking parishioners how they can improve the church.

The scene on Monday, the day after a fatal fire at 49 Belmont Ave. in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Sunday morning's fire on Belmont Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts, killed Aden Abdakadr and his two children, Ahmed Ahmed, who was two, and Fatumo Ahmed, who was one year old.

Water running from a faucet.
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The city of Westfield, Massachusetts, now has three of its wells off-line.

A blackjack game.
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MGM is asking the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to help pay for Springfield-area residents to train as casino employees. The company has indicated it will hire more than 1,000 Springfield residents to work in the casino when it opens in September.

Kiam Rennix.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

This is how a guitar prodigy starts out: Kiam Rennix of Springfield, Massachusetts, was seven years old, watching a Saturday children's show on public TV in his grandmother's house. A segment came on showing how to make your own string instrument.