Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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It was a contentious week between the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Mayor Domenic Sarno, as they disagreed on three separate issues. 

A view underneath I-91 in Springfield, Massachusetts, in July 2018.
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Even as renovation of the elevated section of Interstate 91 in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, has wrapped up, state transportation officials are looking 20 years into the future. 

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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This past summer, the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority increased its fares after facing a budget shortfall. Now, bus ridership is down but revenue is up.

Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts. Commentator Robert Chipkin recently noticed that students, staff and faculty there often hold doors open for each other.
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Early in the morning or late at night, even in the most crowded times between classes, it is nearly impossible to approach an entranceway without someone holding the door open to let a nearby someone in.

The casino floor at MGM Springfield.
Don Treeger/The Republican / masslive.com

Two hundred security guards at MGM Springfield are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to unionize. The employees could become affiliated with the Law Enforcement Officers Security.