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New charges for suspended Springfield officer accused of raping a child

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A new set of child rape charges for a suspended Springfield Police Officer.

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Agawam elementary students participate in active shooter training

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An active shooter in school scenario played out as if it were real in Agawam.  

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Lia Auto Group Surprise Squad gives back to local hero

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Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember those who gave their all fighting for our freedom.   

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Springfield firefighters now equipped with Narcan

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The Springfield Fire Department is now armed in the fight against opioids. Top city officials announced Wednesday afternoon that firefighters will be carrying Narcan. 

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New program allows teachers to alert police in seconds

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In the wake of school shootings across the nation, a new program is being implemented in western Massachusetts schools that will allow teachers to alert police in seconds in case of an emergency. 

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26-year-old fugitive from New Jersey arrested by Springfield police

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A 26-year-old man who was wanted by authorities in New Jersey was arrested in Springfield Wednesday morning. 

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Celebrate Memorial Day with some delicious sangria

What's a better way to celebrate Memorial Day than with some sangria! On this edition of Wine Down Wednesday, the folks at Table & Vine show you how to mix up some delicious and easy-to-make red sangria. 

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Whip City Brewfest in Westfield coming soon

Looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon? The Whip City Brewfest is coming to Westfield on June 2 where you'll definitely want to bring your appetite and get ready to drink plenty of beer. Learn more about this event by clicking the link above. 

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A stretch of beautiful weather continues through the end of the week. We get toasty to start the holiday weekend, but a back door cold front will bring in cooler temps, clouds and showers through Memorial Day...

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Dare to try the Harley Quinn Spinsanity at Six Flags New England

Adrenaline junkies, rejoice! You'll want to try the new Harley Quinn Spinsanity at Six Flags New England. Learn more about how the ride works by watching the video above. 

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Millions expected to travel during Memorial Day weekend

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The unofficial kickoff to summer is just days away, and millions of Americans are celebrating memorial day with a long weekend getaway.  

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East Longmeadow students credited for reporting hoax school threat

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There was a hoax threat made last night against the East Longmeadow Middle School the Superintendent confirms.

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Major heroin bust made in Hampden County, 5 arrested

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Authorities announced the details about a huge drug bust in Springfield where police seized 30,000 bags of heroin and half a kilo of raw heroin. 

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Longmeadow teen Brynn Cartelli wins "The Voice"

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A local western Massachusetts teen is celebrating a big win today. 

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Serious crash in Ware remains under investigation, 2 transported

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Emergency crews were on-scene of a one-car accident that shut down a road for hours Tuesday afternoon.

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Ex-boyfriend of murdered Springfield high school student found guilty

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The ex-boyfriend of a Springfield high school student who was stabbed death back in 2015 has been found guilty of her Murder.

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Teen suspect in Maryland officer's slaying held without bail

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Authorities hunt past nightfall for suspects after witness says Maryland police officer was run over by Jeep and fatally injured. More>>

Armed robbery under investigation in Springfield

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Springfield police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Allen Street Tuesday night. 

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Malboeuf Rd. in Ware reopened following one-car accident

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Emergency personnel are currently on-scene of a crash in Ware.

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Experts explain how solar panels could cause a fire in your home

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Solar power is becoming more and more popular.  

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Easthampton voters approve $109M school project override

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Easthampton voters made their voices heard during the town's election Tuesday night.  

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Residents concerned after shots fired near Holyoke school

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Thankfully no one was hurt, but neighbors told Western Mass News it's becoming a scary reality for kids learning how to cope with gun violence.

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Palmer woman turns barn into wildlife refuge center

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A Palmer woman is taking her love for animals to the next level.   She's turning a barn on her farm into a fully functioning wildlife refuge center.

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Mobile water treatment lab could test water in western Mass. communities

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In Westfield, water troubles continue to spiral and a meeting is underway to discuss a $13 million bond addressing water contamination. 

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Longmeadow Police seeking IDs for teens accused of stealing bikes

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Investigators are looking for the public's help in identifying two teens accused of stealing bikes in Longmeadow.

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Are we becoming desensitized to violence in schools?

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Ten people were killed in a shooting at a high school in Texas just three months after 17 lost their lives in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting. 

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Women look to make mark on male-dominated marijuana industry

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Women have made inroads in the male-dominated cannabis business, but they face a "grass ceiling" as the industry grows and becomes more mainstream. More>>

Nasty stomach bug is making the rounds

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The symptoms are severe and come on like a freight train - severe vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes accompanied with a fever.

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Steps you can take to keep ticks off your pet

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There's a warning to pet owners.  Ticks are out in force and targeting dogs and other animals across western Massachusetts.

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Agawam school to hold active shooter training

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If you are driving through Agawam on Wednesday, you may see something that might be a little unsettling.

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Report: Overdose deaths, opioid prescriptions declining

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State health officials say deaths related to opioid overdoses in Massachusetts are on the decline.

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School shooting victims killed attempting to ward off gunman

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An outgoing and 'really funny' student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom and an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service were among the 10 people killed at a Texas high school. More>>

Easthampton voters head to the polls for school project override

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Voters have been heading to the polls in Easthampton all day long as they decide whether to borrow tens of millions of dollars to build a new consolidated elementary and middle school.

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Officers bid final farewell to retired Pittsfield Police K-9

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Pittsfield Police are mourning the loss of one of their retired K-9s.

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Fruit and cookie dipped in candy melts

Juliette Mooers from Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make a snack for your Memorial Day gathering.

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  • The Latest: Brother contacts police after Vegas shooting

    The Latest: Brother contacts police after Vegas shooting

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:44 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:44:22 GMT
    (AP Photo/John Locher, File). FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 file photo, drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, following a mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas. Police in Las Ve...(AP Photo/John Locher, File). FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 file photo, drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, following a mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas. Police in Las Ve...
    An officer who responded to the high-rise Las Vegas hotel where a gunman carried out deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history says in newly released documents his team checked the casino floor and confirmed...More >>
    An officer who responded to the high-rise Las Vegas hotel where a gunman carried out deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history says in newly released documents his team checked the casino floor and confirmed no other active shooter.More >>
  • Lenny Dykstra accused of putting gun to Uber driver's head

    Lenny Dykstra accused of putting gun to Uber driver's head

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:37 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:37:11 GMT
    (N.J.) Police Department via AP). This image provided by the Linden (N.J.) Police Department shows Lenny Dykstra. Police say former Major League Baseball star Lenny Dykstra put a gun to his New Jersey Uber driver’s head when the driver declined to chan...(N.J.) Police Department via AP). This image provided by the Linden (N.J.) Police Department shows Lenny Dykstra. Police say former Major League Baseball star Lenny Dykstra put a gun to his New Jersey Uber driver’s head when the driver declined to chan...
    Police say former Major League Baseball star Lenny Dykstra put a gun to his New Jersey Uber driver's head when the driver declined to change the trip's destination.More >>
    Police say former Major League Baseball star Lenny Dykstra put a gun to his New Jersey Uber driver's head when the driver declined to change the trip's destination.More >>
  • Lawyer: Harvey Weinstein targeted by federal prosecutors

    Lawyer: Harvey Weinstein targeted by federal prosecutors

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:06:43 GMT
    Harvey Weinstein's lawyer says in a court filing that federal prosecutors in New York have launched a criminal investigation into the film producer.More >>
    Harvey Weinstein's lawyer says in a court filing that federal prosecutors in New York have launched a criminal investigation into the film producer.More >>
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  • Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

    Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:43 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:43:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). In this May 9, 2018 photo taken in Starkville, Miss., Mississippi State University anthropologist Molly Zuckerman holds a portion of a mandible extracted from one of the graves unearthed at what was the graveyard of the Mis...(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). In this May 9, 2018 photo taken in Starkville, Miss., Mississippi State University anthropologist Molly Zuckerman holds a portion of a mandible extracted from one of the graves unearthed at what was the graveyard of the Mis...
    Officials in Mississippi believe the remains of as many as 7,000 former patients at an asylum could be lying in an empty, grassy field on a university campus.More >>
    Officials in Mississippi believe the remains of as many as 7,000 former patients at an asylum could be lying in an empty, grassy field on a university campus.More >>
  • Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

    Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:43 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:43:08 GMT
    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)

    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment.

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    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment.

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  • FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

    FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:35 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:35:34 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. (Source: FDA)The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. (Source: FDA)

    The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies.

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    The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies.

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