Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

The American Hockey League All-Stars line up for the Canadian and American national anthems at the MassMutual Center.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The American Hockey League, which is made up by the top NHL farm teams, held its annual All-Star Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts, Monday before a sell-out crowd. 

Education As A Way To Find Freedom In Prison

Jan 28, 2019

This is the first in a year-long monthly series of stories called Lessons Learned, exploring personal moments in education.

José Bou considers himself a lucky man. Today, he’s doing what he calls his life’s work at the Holyoke Public School system, bringing family and school leaders closer together and working to reduce chronic student absences.

“I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be,” said Bou.

Massachusetts State Sen. Eric Lesser introduced a bill that would pay people to move to western Massachusetts.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

A bill introduced in the Massachusetts state Senate would create a financial incentive for people to relocate to the state's western region.

The Springfield Thunderbirds are the AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers.
Danny Baxter / MassLive

The American Hockey League — the top-farm league to the National Hockey League — is holding its All-Star Classic festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Sunday and Monday. 

Massachusetts State Rep. Carlos Gonzalez.
Mark Murray / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Massachusetts state legislature has convened its 2019 session with a Springfield lawmaker now heading the body's Black and Latino Caucus.