HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

About 200 people attended a gun control rally across the street from gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson's headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 14, 2018.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

After students across the country walked out of class in a call for gun control legislation, teens and adults in Springfield, Massachusetts, held a rally outside the headquarters of gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson.

Michael Buoniconti, superintendent of the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School Districts, stands out side the Mohawk Trail Regional Middle and High Schools in Shelburne, Massachusetts. A video camera monitors who wants to enter the school.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Students across the country will walk out of class Wednesday morning to mark one month since the Parkland shooting, and to call for safer schools.

In the past decade, it’s become the norm for students to practice lockdowns to protect against an intruder with a gun. Now some western Massachusetts educators say they want to do more to secure their schools.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks from the stage during her open house at Springfield Technical Community College on March 9, 2018.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said she doesn't think a possible meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely to be effective. 

Alden Bourne / NEPR

Riders of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority are crying foul over possible service cuts and fare increases. The PVTA blames a lack of money from the state of Massachusetts.

Holyoke Public Schools

Schools districts in Massachusetts that have been educating students recently arrived from Puerto Rico will soon be getting a portion of $15 million in state funding. 

The Connecticut River at Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 3, 2017.
Ryan Caron King / WNPR

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has qualified for a $50 million low-interest loan that could help the Connecticut River run cleaner. 

Water running from a faucet.
Skitterphoto / Creative Commons

The city of Westfield, Massachusetts, has filed a lawsuit against three companies after chemical contaminants were found in two of its wells.

A painting of Trayvon Martin by Imo Nse Imeh at Westfield State University.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

  

An art professor just spent four days publicly painting a six-foot-tall portrait of Trayvon Martin, the black teen whose murder in 2012 polarized the country and ignited a debate on racial profiling and civil rights.  

MassMutual's offices in Enfield, Connecticut, which will close as part of an expansion in Massachusetts.
Don Treeger / The Republican

A town official in Enfield, Connecticut, said he was surprised by the news its largest taxpayer will be leaving, but is confident another corporation will take its place.

The MassMutual headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company plans to nearly double its Bay State workforce over the next few years, consolidating offices around the country as part of plan that includes a newly disclosed package of state incentives worth roughly $46 million, the company announced Thursday.

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