HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Richard Neal speaking at The Daily Hampshire Gazette in 2018.
Sarah Crosby / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Updated at 5:27 p.m. 

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield is pushing back against charges he's engaged in pay-to-play politics. The person making the charge may run against him. 

The sanctuary of West Springfield United Methodist Church in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
West Springfield United Methodist Church

New England leaders of the United Methodist Church are pushing back against the denomination's bans on same-sex marriage and gay clergy.

Congressman Richard Neal won a Democratic primary against challenger Tahirah Amatul-Wadud.
Frederick Gore / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Starting off our look at news of the past week: the fundraising practices of Democratic U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield, Massachusetts.

City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
cmh2315fl / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/21953562@N07

Springfield, Massachusetts, city officials are considering a measure that would require businesses to get a special permit to operate late at night. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno addresses a press conference regarding a "physical interaction" between a police officer and student at a city middle school.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

An alleged incident between a Springfield, Massachusetts, officer assigned to a city school and a student is under investigation by the police department.

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