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In the forensic chemistry section of the new State Police Crime Laboratory in Springfield, section manager Nancy Brooks, center, and MSP Maj. Joe Mason, left, answer questions from the news media on the final stop of a tour of the facility on Tuesday.

Following evidence tampering scandal in Amherst, new State Police drug testing lab opens in Springfield

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Law enforcement officials in the four counties of western Massachusetts are now shipping all seized drug evidence to Springfield with the opening of Massachusetts State Police’s new, state-of-the-art drug lab. Located in a 14,000-square-foot facility on Carando Drive, the drug lab replaces the region’s former state crime lab at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, which was shut …

Springfield’s new bishop ventures to Berkshires

Monday, September 1, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — The new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has made his first trip to the Berkshires and promises he’ll return. The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Rev. Mitchell Rozanski said he had to browse maps on the Internet to become familiar with western Massachusetts. The 55-year-old Rozanski was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore when Pope Francis …

Ex-UMass student sues university, says he was unfairly expelled for code-of-conduct violations after 'consensual sex,' was discriminated against as a man

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — A former University of Massachusetts student claims in a federal lawsuit filed last week that he was unfairly expelled after consensual sex with another student last year was deemed a violation of the school’s code of conduct. A spokesman for UMass declined Monday to comment on the specifics of the case, …

Springfield mayor: Stop sending refugees to city

Monday, June 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield is calling for an end to refugee resettlement in his city, saying Somali families are putting pressure on already strained services in Springfield, a onetime industrial center where nearly a third …

Local weekend round: Mastalerz wins another for Belchertown Legion

Sunday, June 22, 2014

For the second time in as many days, Jon Mastalerz played the role of extra-inning hero in leading the Belchertown Post 239 American Legion baseball team to victory. On Saturday afternoon, Mastalerz singled in the winning run in the top of the 10th as Belchertown defeated South Hadley …

Police say 18-year-old man slain outside convenience store in Springfield

Friday, June 20, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say an 18-year-old man has died in a shooting outside a Springfield convenience store. Sgt. John Delaney says officers responded to the Racing Mart store and gas station in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood at about 1:45 a.m. Friday where they found the youth …

Pope names new Springfield bishop

Friday, June 20, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The new leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said Thursday that one of his first tasks will be to break out the maps and the GPS to find his way around the unfamiliar region. Pope Francis on Thursday named lifelong Baltimore-area resident Bishop …

Pope names new Springfield, Massachusetts bishop

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts is getting a new bishop. A spokesman for the diocese says Pope Francis on Thursday appointed Bishop Mitchell Thomas Rozanski as Springfield’s ninth bishop. Rozanski is currently an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Rozanski will succeed …

Five things worth knowing about MGM’s Springfield casino

Sunday, June 15, 2014

BOSTON — Gambling regulators named MGM Springfield as Massachusetts’ first licensed casino Friday. Here’s a look at the project and what’s next in the drive to open Las Vegas-style casinos in the state: The proposal: MGM plans a more than $800 million casino, hotel, entertainment and shopping complex …

5 things to know about MGM’s Springfield casino

Saturday, June 14, 2014

BOSTON — Gambling regulators named MGM Springfield as Massachusetts’ first licensed casino Friday. Here’s a look at the project and what’s next in the drive to open Las Vegas-style casinos in the state: ——— THE PROPOSAL: MGM plans …

Massachusetts Gaming Commission unanimously approves state’s first casino license for MGM Springfield

Friday, June 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — MGM Springfield on Friday was named the state’s first official casino operator, capping a more than two-year process that saw four other rival plans in western Massachusetts fall by the wayside. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously at the MassMutual Center to approve a deal granting …

Backstory: Massachusetts Gaming Commission agrees to issue license to MGM for state’s first casino in Springfield

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — MGM will be named the first casino operator in Massachusetts, but the Las Vegas-based gambling giant will not have to immediately pay millions of dollars in state fees and other payments required by law. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reviewed the casino’s $800 million Springfield project nearly …