HAMPDEN COUNTY

Coverage of Hampden County, Massachusetts.

The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

It's been more than six months since the MGM casino in Springfield opened its doors to thousands of gamblers, and curious pedestrians. Here’s a look at some of the casino’s early successes and challenges, and what it all means for Springfield and the state of Massachusetts.

Marijuana products on a counter at Cultivate in Leicester, Massachusetts, as they're rung up for purchase.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The public had a chance Tuesday in Springfield, Massachusetts, to tell marijuana regulators what they'd like to see tweaked in the state's pot laws.

A sign in front of St. Anne Church in Chicopee, Massachusetts, announcing the day of prayer.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Some Catholics in western Massachusetts heeded the call of their bishop Monday and headed to church to pray for victims of clergy abuse and their families.

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.

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