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Snow, freezing rain, and rain throughout western Mass

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In the higher elevations of Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin counties, the switch to rain may come late - if at all. This keeps the snow fall throughout the duration of the storm. Snow totals will reflect that as some communities may get 6"+. 

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An early week brought a mix of rain, freezing rain, and snow to western Massachusetts.

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After bitter campaign, Alabama Senate race goes to voters

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An internationally watched Senate election is down to voters in Alabama who will choose between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. More>>

Prosecutors say suspect taunted Trump before subway bombing

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A would-be suicide bomber's rush-hour blast in the New York City subway system is adding new fuel to President Donald Trump's push to limit immigration based on family ties. More>>

Make sure you buy seasoned wood before you start that fire

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With another cold blast coming our way, business at many local firewood companies is heating up. However, buyer beware: a cord of firewood can cost close to $300 and if it's not seasoned correctly, it won't burn anything but a hole in your wallet.

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Crews protect hillside homes as California fire grows

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The winds aren't changing for Southern California's wildfires yet. The fifth largest blaze in state history was threatening thousands of homes as it churned through coastal mountains amid persistently dangerous weather conditions. More>>

Oil companies busy ahead of projected cold snap

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With cold temperatures ahead, heating oil companies are stepping up to meet the demands in western Massachusetts.

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Plank workout to help build whole body strength

Brittany met with Ashley Brodeur with Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam to talk about a great way to build your whole body strength...without much movement.

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Cars damaged by pothole along I-291 west in Chicopee

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A large pothole caused some problems for motorists Tuesday morning.

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Last minute gift ideas from The Toy Insider

The holidays are upon us and if you are looking for a last minute gift idea, this might be able to help.  Marissa DiBartolo, The Toy Insider, joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Sandisfield weathers first storm since fire destroyed highway department building

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A five alarm fire destroyed critical public works equipment in Sandisfield over the weekend.

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Tuesday marks National Gingerbread House Day!

Today is National Gingerbread House Day!  Juliette Mooers, owner of Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton, joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make one using graham crackers.

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Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign continues in WMass

This time of year is about giving back and spreading holiday cheer - something that the Salvation Amry is known for doing.  Emily Mew from the Salvation Army and Gina Bates from Riverside Industries joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about this year's red kettle campaign

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Brady intercepted twice as Dolphins beat Pats 27-20

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Brady intercepted twice, Dolphins snap Patriots' eight-game winning streak. More>>

Chicopee woman charged with larceny, resisting arrest

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A Chicopee woman is facing several charges after her arrest on Monday. 

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Springfield man arrested for allegedly using stolen car, plates

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Investigators say that a Springfield man is under arrest after an alert resident saw something they felt was unusual for their neighborhood.

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TRAFFIC ALERT

Crash closes Willimansett Bridge between Holyoke and Chicopee

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A crash has closed down a busy bridge connecting Holyoke and Chicopee.

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Speed limit on portion of Mass. Pike reduced to 40 MPH

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The wintry weather is forcing state officials to reduce the speed on a busy state highway. 

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VIDEO: Late-night host Kimmel holds son, pleads for health care

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Jimmy Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy's heart surgery.

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Surrounded by scandal, Globes turn to old favs & fresh faces

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Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be announced Monday morning from Beverly Hills, California. More>>

Tuesday morning commute may feature some snow

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Motorists in parts of the area may see some snow or a wintry mix as they head out the door.

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3 guards acquitted in 2009 death of mental health patient

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Three former guards at a Massachusetts facility that treats the mentally ill in the state criminal justice system have been acquitted of charges in the 2009 death of an inmate with schizophrenia.

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Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

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Celebrity chef Mario Batali, facing sexual misconduct allegations, steps away from daily operations at his restaurant empire.

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Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

This Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, photo taken in New York shows the word feminism listed in the dictionary. Merriam-Webster has revealed “feminism” as its word of the year for 2017 on Tuesday, Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan) This Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, photo taken in New York shows the word feminism listed in the dictionary. Merriam-Webster has revealed “feminism” as its word of the year for 2017 on Tuesday, Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
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Merriam-Webster has revealed "feminism" as its word of the year for 2017. 

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104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air Base to conduct nightly training

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Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield announced that the 104th Fighter Wing of the Mass. Air National Guard will be conducting night training flights from Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 through Thursday, December 14, 2017.

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Greenfield DPW prepares roads for snowfall

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Cities and towns across western Mass are getting ready for the next batch of snow expected to hit tomorrow. 

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Chicopee Police search for hit-and-run suspect

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Chicopee Police are requesting the public's assistance in identifying a vehicle involved in a hit and run incident that occurred on December 4. 

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Family from Puerto Rico rebuild after moving to Springfield

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The Springfield school district welcomed several new families today, all from Puerto Rico. To date, administrators say that close to 500 students from the island have moved to Springfield since Hurricane Maria hit back in September.

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Grand Jury indicts five people accused in drug trafficking ring

[L-R] William Judd, Sherri Williams, Jennifer Benoit, Michael Williams (Photos provided by Northwestern D.A.'s office) [L-R] William Judd, Sherri Williams, Jennifer Benoit, Michael Williams (Photos provided by Northwestern D.A.'s office)
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Five people accused in an oxycodone trafficking ring have been indicted.

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EXCLUSIVE

Autistic man's bike stolen weeks before Christmas

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An autistic man’s bike was stolen weeks before Christmas. It has a special meaning to the Leary family as he loves to go riding, and now they're asking the thief to return it as soon as possible. 

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Peter Pan service to NYC resumes following explosion at Port Authority

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Bus service to and from New York City on Peter Pan Bus Lines has been suspended following a reported explosion Monday morning at the Port Authority bus terminal.

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State, neighboring towns to help Sandisfield after highway dept. fire

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A meeting was called Monday morning in Sandisfield, following a weekend fire that burned the town highway department to the ground. 

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Family, friends gather to offer final farewell to Montgomery's fire chief

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Montgomery Fire Chief Stephen Frye was brought to his final resting place on Monday. 

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CHECK IT OUT

Toys for Tots continues until Friday!

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The holidays are around the corner and the Toys for Tots campaign, organized by the United States Marine Corps, is now underway.

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Crews respond to reported explosion on Shaker Rd. in East Longmeadow

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Police are investigating an explosion that took place Monday at a truck repair business on Shaker Road in East Longmeadow.

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Case dropped against conservative speaker at UConn, woman arrested Video included

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The state has dropped a breach of peace case against a conservative speaker whose speech sparked chaos on the University of Connecticut campus.

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What to do if you're seeking addiction treatment

If you know someone who may be struggling with addiction, there are treatment centers that are available to help.  Dr. Omar Faruk with Right Choice Health Group joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about treatment options.

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Baker: Child welfare audit relied on outdated info

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Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing back against an audit that claimed the state's child welfare agency failed to detect or report hundreds of injuries to children in its care.

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