HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

The vacant Elm Street block in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The MGM Springfield casino has been up and running now for more than six months. The Republican assigned three reporters to explore whether MGM has kept the promises it made to city and state officials. 

Slot machines at the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Half a year since the opening of the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, some mental health counselors are seeing an uptick in gambling among clients — though not necessarily an increase in people seeking addiction treatment.

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

Massachusetts casino regulators are pressing MGM to provide more detail about the diversity of the staff at the company's Springfield casino.

Inside MGM Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

MGM Springfield is trying to figure out how to keep people under 21 from getting onto its casino floor. 

Nelson Roman during his farewell address to the Holyoke City Council.
Ellery Berenger / NEPR

The community organization Nueva Esperanza in Holyoke, Massachusetts, says police are investigating charges against its former executive director, Nelson Roman — who has since moved to Chicago. 

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