Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Springfield, Massachusetts, is on its way toward limiting single-use plastic bags. An ordinance proposed in the City Council cleared its first legislative hurdle.

A Stop & Shop store in Springfield, Mass.
Michael S. Gordon / The Republican / file

Stop & Shop is currently in talks with the food and commercial workers union about a new three-year contract for its staff in western Massachusetts. 

Olan Horne.
The Republican / Masslive.com/photos

A 59-year-old survivor of clergy sex abuse has ended a week-long hunger strike. Olan Horne from Chester, Massachusetts, stopped eating last week as a Vatican summit to prevent abuse began.

Hampden County DA Anthony Gulluni announced a sex abuse hotline at his office after discovering there is a discrepancy between the number of sex abuse cases reported by the Springfield Diocese and the number of reports received by his office.
Anne-Gerard Flynn / Masslive / masslive.com/photos

The Hampden County district attorney says there's a discrepancy between the number of clergy sex abuse cases the Springfield Diocese has published, and the number the Diocese has referred to the DA's office. 

Outgoing Chicopee, Massachusetts, Mayor Richard Kos.
John Suchocki / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Chicopee, Massachusetts, Mayor Richard Kos said he's not running for re-election. This creates at least the second race for an open mayoral seat in western Mass. this year.