Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Expanded rail service between Springfield and Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield should begin by late summer. That's the latest estimate from the Masachusetts Department of Transportation.

Holyoke, Massachusetts.
John Phelan / Creative Commons

Holyoke, Massachusetts, Mayor Alex Morse has come out against a natural gas expansion plan by his city's municipal energy company because of concerns over climate change.

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

The Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council on Monday banned stores from providing plastic bags at the checkout counter.

The C-Town Supermarket in Holyoke, Massachusetts, is getting new customers while Stop & Shop employees are on strike.
Ellery Berenger / NEPR

It’s been a week since 31,000 Stop & Shop employees went on strike in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. 

A sign at MGM Springfield's casino.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The MGM Springfield casino had its second-best month of business in March.