Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno, at podium, speaks at a press conference on the MGM construction site on March 29, 2017.
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Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno said the city plans to hold MGM Springfield accountable when it comes to jobs at its casino. 

City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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It looks like it could be a crowded field for Springfield mayor this election cycle.  The deadline to file candidate paperwork was Tuesday.

Two years ago, Atlanta was widely lauded when it committed to have all homes, businesses and city operations rely largely on renewable energy in coming decades. It was part of a wave of cities responding to more intense flooding, heat and storms, and setting ambitious goals to tackle climate change even as the Trump administration ignores the issue.

The polling place at Falcetti Towers in Holyoke, Mass., saw light turnout on Sept. 26, 2017, for a preliminary election for mayor.
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Officials in some Massachusetts communities, including Northampton and Holyoke, have pushed to lower the voting age for local elections to 16.

The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
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Massachusetts regulators have fined MGM Springfield $100,000 for falling short in its efforts to keep people under 21 from gambling or drinking alcohol.