HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Main lobby at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in a file photo.
Mike Plaisance / The Republican

The Massachusetts Senate wants the state to examine what renovations may be needed at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home. The facility provides state-funded medical care to veterans. It was established in 1952.

Seven weeks ago, Hurricane Maria roared through the center of Puerto Rico. Winds battered the palm leaves and rain poured over the houses in the town of Barrancas.

The storm brought terror to German Santini, who was inside his home. Santini emerged the next day to see a town that looked like it had been hit by airstrikes.

“You get the urge to cry,” he said. “You don’t feel like doing anything, seeing everything destroyed. Puerto Rico is going to take a long time to recover from this.”

The MGM project has been promised to create a minimum of at least 3,000 casino, hotel and other jobs, of which at least 2,200 will be employed on a full-time equivalent basis with benefits.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican

A budget bill signed into law last week could open up jobs in the casino industry for thousands of Massachusetts residents who have had trouble with the law.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse greets his supporters at the Gateway City Arts after winning the mayor's contest over Jay Ferreira, Tuesday night in Holyoke.
Dave Roback / The Republican

Voters in western Massachusetts turned out on Tuesday to elect new mayors in three cities -- and in two others, residents voted in the incumbents.

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Forty-four-year-old Bob Charland of Springfield never had much free time.

The polling place at Falcetti Towers in Holyoke, Mass., saw light turnout on Sept. 26, 2017, for a preliminary election for mayor.
Sam Hudzik / NEPR

Voters in some Massachusetts communities will go to the polls Tuesday to elect local government and school officials. In the four westernmost counties, five cities have contested mayoral elections.

Jamie Adams / Creative Commons

Last week, state lawmakers decided to allow some people with criminal records to work in casinos. The head of MGM Springfield said the company is "very excited" by the change. 

The MGM resort casino, under construction in Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican

Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a measure that would make it easier for people with criminal histories to work at casinos in the state, including MGM Springfield, which is scheduled to open next year.

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

In the Agawam mayoral election on Tuesday, voters will choose between City Council president Jimmy Cichetti and former school superintendent Bill Sapelli.

The candidates are running to replace outgoing Mayor Richard Cohen, who is not seeking re-election after eight terms as mayor, but is on the ballot for a spot on the City Council.

Former Holyoke City Councilor Jay Ferreira (left) and Mayor Alex Morse.
File photo / MassLive

Holyoke, Massachusetts, a city of about 40,000 residents, has been led the last six years by Alex Morse, who was a senior at Brown University when he first ran.

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