Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Law enforcement responds to a gunman during an active shooter simulation at the Hampden County Sheriff's Department in Ludlow, Massachusetts.
Mark Murray / Hampden County Sheriff's Department

The sound of gunfire recently filled the halls of the Hampden County Sheriff's office in Ludlow, Massachusetts. It was part of a training for employees to learn how to respond to an active shooter. 

Inside the MGM Springfield casino.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Gaming revenue at the casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, recovered slightly last month after a downward trend. But table gaming revenue is still declining.

People cheer after Springfield's City Council overrode a mayoral veto to pass the "Welcoming Community Trust" ordinance.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

After a legislative back-and-forth between the City Council and mayor in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city now has a so-called “sanctuary” ordinance on the books.

An IRS office in western Massachusetts is closed during the shutdown.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Two state lawmakers from western Massachusetts, Jo Comerford and Mindy Domb, sent Governor Charlie Baker a letter asking him to provide emergency funding for food banks if the federal shutdown goes on long enough to impact food stamp benefits.

City Council President Justin Hurst of Springfield, Massachusetts, is sworn in by Judge Charles Groce III on January 7, 2019 at Springfield City Hall.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

The new city council president in Springfield, Massachusetts, says he'll continue to push for change at the police department.