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3 pets killed, 4 displaced following kitchen fire in Monson

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Emergency crews have been called to a structure fire in Monson. 

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Friday marked National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!  Check out some sweaters from the Western Mass News family!

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Traffic expected in the days leading up to Christmas

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With the holidays and New Years right around the corner, Americans can bank on some traffic. 

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Very cold overnight; dry Sunday ahead

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It's been a cold day today, with high temperatures only reaching into the low 30s and upper 20s this afternoon. A few lake effect snow showers made their way into western Mass, though accumulations were minimal at most. 

 

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2 Springfield men face gun, drug charges after traffic stop on I-391 in Chicopee

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Two men from Springfield are facing gun and drug charges after they were stopped by State Police on I-391 in Chicopee early Saturday morning. 

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Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

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A federal judge in Philadelphia has ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that would dramatically reduce women's access to free birth control. More>>

Man transported following logging accident in Florence

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A man working for a local logging company was rescued by firefighters Saturday after his leg became "stuck" between two large logs...

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Central Massachusetts police departments hold gun buyback

Police departments across central Massachusetts and in Boston are holding gun buyback programs this weekend. More>>

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' boasts $45 million opening night

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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is off to a death star-sized start at the box office. More>>

Thank you for supporting our Toys for Tots drive!

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As our Toys for Tots drive winds down today, we at Western Mass News would like to take a moment to thank you for all of your donations over the last several weeks.

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Playwright alleges misconduct by Hoffman when she was 16

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Dustin Hoffman faces new allegations of sexual misconduct, including exposing himself to a 16-year-old girl decades ago in a New York hotel room. More>>

Veterinarian discusses possible holiday hazards for your pets

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The holidays can be a dangerous season for your pets.  Hundreds of pets become sick, even die from holiday hazards around the home. One local veterinarian showed us Friday what we need to look out for - from certain holiday foods to holiday decorations - to keep our pets safe. "This dog ate some Christmas tree skirting, some tulle  material from the bottom of the Christmas tree," said Dr. Penny Peck with Hampden Veterinary Clinic. Peck said that says thankfully,...

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry May 19 on FA Cup day

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Kensington Palace says the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be held on May 19. More>>

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UPS explains glitch that led to package confusion in a Springfield neighborhood

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A Springfield man became the victim of a UPS glitch that sent more than a dozen people to his home, looking their packages. Today, UPS told us how it happened.

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Greenfield suing opioid makers, distributors

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The city of Greenfield is taking on pharmaceutical giants that make and distribute opioids.

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Local businesses working harder due to seafood shortage

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It's a seafood delicacy destined for many holiday tables, but a shortage of shrimp and lobster could make it tougher to get this winter season. Now, local businesses are busy working their connections to get the popular product.

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Father sentenced for severely beating 7-year-old son

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A Massachusetts father who severely beat and abused his 7-year-old son has been sentenced to up to five years in prison.

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Dog found killed by coyotes in Agawam

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An Agawam family and their neighbors are still in shock tonight after their dog 'Buddy' was killed by coyotes in the woods behind a house.

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Officials discuss replacing two Springfield elementary schools

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Today, a plan to combine two Springfield elementary schools was discussed at a school committee meeting. 

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Seven cases of whooping cough diagnosed at Westfield schools

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Seven cases of whooping cough have spread in Westfield Public Schools.

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Officials concerned over bail set for Springfield murder suspect

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A judge sets a bail of $50,000 dollars for a Springfield man charged with murder in the first degree.

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Ways to avoid holiday technical glitches

Tech gadgets are a hot item on holiday gift lists, from smart-phones to smart home devices, and even smart toys.  However, security concerns come with all those connections.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us how to avoid some technological glitches.

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Festive centerpiece ideas from Magnolia Journal and Joanna Gaines

One of the great things about this time of year is decorating your home for family and friends.  In the holiday edition of Magnolia Journal, Joanna Gaines has some great ideas around centerpieces and candles - small things you can do that have a big impact.  (Editor's Note: Magnolia Journal is produced by Meredith Corporation, the parent company of Western Mass News)

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Springfield Science Museum hosting 'Gingerbread in Space'

In this week's Zip Trip, Chris Pisano takes us to the Springfield Science Museum to check out one sweet display

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Upcoming events at the MassMutual Center

With the holiday season in full swing now, there's plenty of things to do to get in the spirit.  From your shopping trips and family events, to local entertainment, you're sure to find something for everyone.  Alexia Geary and Talia Spera from MGM Springfield joined Better Western Mass to tell us about upcoming events at the MassMutual Center.

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