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.
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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.


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.