Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

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.

There were 18 murders reported in 2018 in Springfield, Massachusetts, according to police data.
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Springfield, Massachusetts, saw a slight increase in murders this year compared to last year.

Outgoing Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy acknowledged capacity problems on a newly-established rail line.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Outgoing Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has acknowledged that there have been some capacity problems on a newly-established rail line.