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Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick.

VIDEO Governor hopefuls offer prescriptions on economy, education

Monday, September 29, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Gubernatorial candidates are calling for strengthening the regional economy in western Massachusetts,improving funding for transportation and allowing a casino to be built in Springfield regardless of the outcome of the statewide November ballot vote seeking repeal of the casino law. At an hourlong debate at CityStage Monday sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Media Consortium, Democrat Martha Coakley and …

Hiker’s injured ankle triggers six-hour rescue on Holyoke Range

Monday, September 29, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Four friends, three from Springfield and one from Amherst, were helped off the Holyoke Range Sunday night in a six-hour rescue by about four dozen emergency workers. No one was seriously injured in the incident that ended about midnight. South Hadley District #2 Fire Chief David Keefe said his dispatcher …

Third man guilty in witness killings

Friday, September 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (ap) — A man who has bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead was found guilty of murder and other charges Friday for his role in the kidnapping and slaying of three Massachusetts men in 2011. “I’ll see you all in hell,” Caius Veiovis, 34, of Pittsfield, yelled at the jury that …

Decision on casino in 2 weeks

Thursday, May 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts’ first license for a Las Vegas-style casino could be awarded as soon as mid-June, following four straight days of meetings by state gambling regulators in Boston and Springfield. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission laid out the anticipated timeline at its meeting Thursday. The commission will be …

Dwayne Borbua of Springfield dies after SUV rolls over

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police say a 21-year-old man involved in a rollover crash in Springfield was taken to the hospital by a friend where he was later pronounced dead. Police say the victim’s SUV rolled over and hit a light pole at about midnight Wednesday, but no one …

Reassessing Rockwell: Springfield Museums showcase drawings by artist who idealized America

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Viewed from our cynical, media-saturated times, the 1950s and early 1960s in the United States — before the advent of the Vietnam War and the social clashes of the later ’60s — often seems a halcyon era. We …

Driver faces OUI charge in fatal Route 291 crash in Springfield

Sunday, May 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A West Springfield man has been arrested on charges of operating under the influence after police say the car he was driving on Route 291 in in Springfield collided with a tractor-trailer, killing a passenger in his car. Massachusetts state police say 22-year-old Rudra P. Kafley …

Police say Springfield motorist ignores stop sign, blows marijuana smoke on officer

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police say a Springfield man blew through a stop sign and also blew a cloud of marijuana smoke when he was pulled over. An officer enforcing seat belt laws as part of the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign saw a vehicle drive through … 1

State to hold hearing on MGM casino plan

Monday, May 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — After more than two years of competition, the last resort-casino proposal remaining for western Massachusetts is in Springfield, a former manufacturing hub where an $800 million project straddling its downtown and South End neighborhoods represents the city’s biggest economic development undertaking in a generation. The proposal …

Final hearing this week on MGM casino plan for Springfield

Monday, May 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — State gambling regulators will take another critical step toward awarding Massachusetts’ first license for a Las Vegas-style resort casino this week. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has scheduled the final public hearing on an $800 million casino project proposed by gambling giant MGM Resorts International for …

Friday’s high schools: Northampton baseball rallies twice, tops West Springfield

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Northampton baseball team had to rally twice, but earned a 9-6 win over Valley Wheel-leader West Springfield on the road Friday. After tying the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth, the Terriers (10-3, 6-1 Valley Wheel) answered with three runs. The Blue Devils (4-8, …

Massachusetts court hears arguments Monday in casino case

Monday, May 5, 2014

BOSTON — Both sides in the casino gambling debate are encouraged by the questions asked by Massachusetts supreme court justices in a case centered on a proposed voter referendum repealing the state’s 2011 casino law. John Ribeiro, chair of “Repeal the Casino Deal,” said the Supreme Judicial Court …

Friday’s high school lacrosse recaps: Amherst boys rout West Springfield

Friday, May 2, 2014

Donovan Riley scored four goals and assisted on three others as the Amherst Regional boys lacrosse team earned a 16-2 home blowout over West Springfield Friday evening. Melvin Espinosa-Rosa and Alex LaRaja helped the Hurricanes (4-6), each scoring three goals in the win. John Noonan made six saves …