Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Construction of the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, as of June 2018.
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The MGM Springfield casino opens in about six weeks, and the company said it is hitting diversity goals for construction workers.

The parking space on a Monopoly board.
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The head of the Springfield Parking Authority said he's not nervous about the free parking MGM will offer the public.

Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts, is opening a new inpatient rehabilitation service that provides therapy for children recovering from complex injuries.

A billboard in Springfield, Massachusetts, advertises construction careers for women.
Saskia de Melker / NEPR

Seven years ago, getting into carpentry wasn’t even on Tyeka Robinson’s radar. She was a single mom struggling to make ends meet.

“I was working these odd and end jobs and not enough money to pay the bills,” she said. “I didn’t have a clue how to join the trades.”

People protest the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" approach to immigration in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 30, 2018.
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Two western Massachusetts Democrats running for a seat in the U.S. House agree major change is needed at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. But they're declining to go so far as to say it should abolished.