HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Holyoke State Rep. Aaron Vega.
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Holyoke State Representative Aaron Vega says he's not running for re-election to the Massachusetts House. 

John Doleva at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Kari Njiiri / NEPR

The president of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield says the death of Kobe Bryant is sure to cast a different light over enshrinement celebrations later this year.

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A lawsuit alleging inadequate education funding in Massachusetts has been dropped after the legislature passed new money for public schools. 

The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
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MGM Springfield's Mike Mathis is out. He's been in the mix from just about the beginning, but after the casino posted its worst revenue numbers since opening in August 2018, MGM this week said it's sending him back to Las Vegas.

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (left) attended Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno's inauguration gala on January 11, 2020. Sarno (right) is shown here with his wife, Carla.
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Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is declining to say if he agrees with Mayor Domenic Sarno's attempt to block refugee resettlement in Springfield. 

Former Springfield police detective Steven Vigneault
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Federal charges have been dropped against Steven Vigneault, a Springfield, Massachusetts, police officer accused of kicking a juvenile during a 2016 arrest.

MGM Springfield on Main Street in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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The leader of MGM Springfield is out, less than a week after the casino posted its worst revenue numbers since opening.

U.S. Airmen with the Puerto Rico Air National Guard offer support to those affected by recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico.
U.S. Air National Guard

As Puerto Rico continues to experience a series of earthquakes and aftershocks, a western Massachusetts nonprofit is working to bring much-needed items to the island. 

Ajinomoto is a food company based in Japan that makes MSG.
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Updated at 8:08 p.m. 

A company that makes the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG) is aiming a social media campaign at Springfield, Massachusetts-based dictionary Merriam-Webster. 

Inside MGM Springfield.
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Encore Boston Harbor, the newest casino in Massachusetts, in December had its best month since opening. But the state's two other casinos saw gambling revenues drop to their lowest levels yet.

MGM Real Estate Play Will Free Up Cash Flow

Jan 14, 2020
The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

MGM Resorts International announced plans Tuesday for a complex real estate transaction that will effectively see the company sell two of its resorts to a trust, and then lease the properties back to keep them operating as they are now. 

Bales of recyclable aluminum and steel cans ready to be shipped at a facility in Vermont.
John Dillon / VPR

Updated 11:05 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2020.    

China stopped accepting large quantities of paper and plastic from the United States two years ago because a lot of it was contaminated. This means recyclables are worth far less. 

Runner-up for Chicopee Mayor Joe Morisstte (left) and new Chicopee Mayor John Vieau (right).
Joseph Morissette: Facebook / John Vieau: City of Chicopee chicopeema.gov

Both candidates for mayor of Chicopee, Massachusetts, last fall were found to have violated state campaign finance laws having to do with their jobs as public employees.

Cobble Mountain Reservoir.
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Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts, say the city's water system continues to have higher-than-acceptable levels of a type of acid.

Chicopee Mayor John Vieau gives his inauguration speech on Monday, January 6, 2020.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Mayors in several western Massachusetts communities were sworn in Monday. In Chicopee, newcomer John Vieau took the oath of office for the first time.

The Pioneer Valley Gay Men's Chorus in 2016.
Tynan Power

The Pioneer Valley Gay Men's Chorus is crying foul after it says it was told it couldn't sing at a church holiday concert on orders from the Catholic bishop in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Mayor-elect Don Humason in Westfield, Massachusetts, on election night in 2019.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Three new mayors are getting sworn in over the next week in western Massachusetts. Among them: outgoing State Senator Don Humason of Westfield, who served in the legislature for 16 years.

U.S Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield addresses workers at the CRRC rail car factory in Springfield.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal said he believes restrictions placed upon the CRRC rail car facility in Springfield can be overcome. 

The Loop bus at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts, on December 13, 2019.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

A free bus service in Springfield, Massachusetts, that connects the MGM casino with area attractions and hotels isn't attracting a large number of riders, but the buses will keep running.

Congolese refugee Guylain, left, is greeted by his Catholic Charities caseworker, Jowel Iranzi, on April 5, 2017 at Bradley Airport. Guylain and his brother resettled in Northampton, Mass
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Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield, Massachusetts, said this week he won't grant permission for further refugee resettlement in his city. 

An agent with the Internal Revenue Service leaves the pro shop at the Veterans Golf Course in Springfield on July 28, 2016.
Dave Roback / The Republican/ Masslive.com / photos

A former Springfield, Massachusetts, golf pro has been indicted on federal charges of tax fraud and money laundering.

Congolese refugee Guylain, left, is greeted by his Catholic Charities caseworker, Jowel Iranzi, on April 5, 2017 at Bradley Airport. Guylain and his brother resettled in Northampton, Mass
Sarah Crosby / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he will not be granting permission for any more refugees to be resettled in his city. That's after the City Council this week passed a resolution supporting refugees.

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito with various officials at the CRRC facility.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

A defense spending bill passed by the U.S. House includes language granting a reprieve to a Chinese-owned rail car factory in Springfield.

Volunteers Tom Andros, left, Mark Castro, top, and Luke Wing sort boxes of incoming food at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in Hatfield.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Food pantries in western Massachusettts are expecting an influx of clients as a result of the Trump Administraton's latest cuts to the federal food stamp program known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

A silhouetted figure in a window.
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Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is the pronoun “they.” 

A view inside a CTrail commuter train between Hartford and Springfield.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

Heather Brandon used to drive from her home in Hartford, Connecticut, to work in Springfield, Massachusetts. It would take her anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic. But this summer, she committed to taking the train.

Ryan King and his daughter Evora, 4, sculpt a snowman in Florence, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The winter storm that came through much of New England early this week may have made travel less than pleasant — but it was well-received by school children who got a snow day.

Robert Chipkin / NEPR

When I get the urge to watch the PBS home renovation series, “This Old House,” I don't bother to turn on the TV. I just look out my window.

Helium Shortage Doesn't Deflate Springfield Parade

Nov 29, 2019
The Parade of the Big Balloons in Springfield, Mass., took place on Nov. 29, 2019.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Springfield held its annual Parade of the Big Balloons Friday morning, despite a helium shortage that threatened to derail the event.

Author Bruce Landon in 2016.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Bruce Landon has just about seen it all when it comes to minor league hockey. He's been a goaltender, general manager and team owner in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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