Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

A gambler playing a slot machine at MGM Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican / Masslive.com/photos

The MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, reported its revenues dropped slightly in November. But it's paying out more to slot machine gamblers.

"Golden lady justice" in Bruges, Belgium.
Emmanuel Huybrechts / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/ensh

The word “justice” has been intertwined with our culture and society for hundreds of years. It’s also Merriam-Webster’s 2018 word of the year.

City Hall in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Shannon Young / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Hundreds of jobs are coming to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, while an affordable housing crisis continues throughout Berkshire County.

Homeless shelter beds in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

In 2007, Springfield, Massachusetts, set out a plan to end long-term homelessness within 10 years. The following year, officials and advocates from Hamden, Hampshire and Franklin counties came together to craft a similar plan.

Chicopee Academy at James C. Selser School in Chicopee, Masscahusetts.
Dave Roback / The Republican/ Masslive.com / photos

Three of the 10 schools with the highest rates of student suspensions in Massachusetts are in Hampden County.