Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

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. 

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

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.