Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Construction underway on June 6, 2018, on the casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Primary elections were held this week in Connecticut and Vermont for several offices, including governor. In Vermont, Democrat Christine Hallquist became the first transgender person to win a major party's nomination for governor.

Alan Raczka, left, of Easthampton, and JFK Middle School eighth-grader Evan Yurko of Holyoke challenge each other in a game of Scrabble in February 2018.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

A teenager from Holyoke, Massachusetts, has returned a champion from a national Scrabble tournament in Buffalo, New York.

Screen shot of a video submitted to NEPR by a Holyoke, Mass., resident showing smoke apparently coming from the Sullivan Metals scrapyard on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
Submitted / NEPR

Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke, Massachusetts, is asking environmental regulators to step up their oversight of the Sullivan Metals scrap metal facility on Appleton Street. This comes as neighbors of the scrapyard have complained of orange smoke coming from the facility in recent weeks.

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MGM Resorts has announced a gambling partnership with the NBA and WNBA. But don't look for betting on basketball at MGM’s new Springfield casino anytime soon.

All four members of the Blandford Police Department resigned, citing shoddy equipment and low pay.
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The resignation of the entire four-member police department in Blandford, Massachusetts, came as a shock to the head of the town’s Select Board.

Stewart Weldon in a mug shot.
Springfield Police Department

Last spring, investigators found three bodies inside the home of a Springfield, Massachusetts, man who had just been charged with apparently unrelated crimes.

Sun Kim Bop restaurant in Springfield, Massachusetts, at far right, has extended hours ahead of the opening of MGM Springfield.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

With just about a month until MGM Springfield opens, some neighboring businesses are thinking about making changes to compete. At least one is already switching things up.

Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is taking on Congressman Richard Neal in next year's Democratic primary. Here, Amatul-Wadud addresses supporters during a campaign event in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Updated at 7:14 a.m. on July 21, 2018.

The underdog in a Democratic primary for a western Massachusetts congressional seat is accusing U.S. Representative Richard Neal of taking too much money from special interests.

People looking to get a job at MGM Springfield use the computer to match their skills to potential jobs, during a career fair in October 2014.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

MGM officials told Massachusetts gambling regulators Thursday that the company is on pace to hire 3,000 employees before it opens its Springfield casino next month. But so far, MGM is coming up short on some hiring goals.

Construction of the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, in July 2018.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A month before MGM opens a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, city officials are either defending or staying quiet about the company's attempt to block lawsuits from shooting victims in Las Vegas.