Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno, at podium, speaks at a press conference on the MGM construction site on March 29, 2017.
Henry Epp / NEPR

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.

MGM Springfield held its grand opening parade on August 24, 2018. These are MGM Springfield employees in the parade.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

MGM Springfield's workforce dropped to about 2,300 as of the end of March. That's a decrease of nearly 700 since the casino opened last summer.

A seal below the Holyoke Dam, which spans the Connecticut River between Holyoke and South Hadley, Massachusetts.
Mike Lamontagne / via MassWildlife

Fishermen this week spotted a harbor seal on the Connecticut River, just south of the Holyoke Dam. Marine life experts say it's just following the fish.

The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts regulators have fined MGM Springfield $100,000 for falling short in its efforts to keep people under 21 from gambling or drinking alcohol.