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Authorities investigate death of toddler in Florence

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The Northwestern District Attorney’s office said Friday that police are investigating the death of a toddler.

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Springfield man convicted in 2016 murder sentenced

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A Springfield man will be sentenced on Friday after being found guilty of killing another man outside a Ludlow bar back in 2016.

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US to ban Americans from traveling to North Korea

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U.S. officials say the Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea following the death of university student Otto Warmbier.

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Back to school spending expected to set records

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August isn't here just yet, but retailers are already putting on the full court press when it comes to back to school shopping.   2017 is expected to be a record year in terms of how much Americans will spend before the first day of classes.

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Easthampton police arrest shoplifting suspect

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Easthampton police arrested a woman accused of stealing hundreds of dollars from a local business on July 14. 

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Man struck and killed by garbage truck in Ware identified

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The Northwestern District Attorney's office has identified the man who was struck and killed by a garbage truck in Ware. 

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday morning, according to multiple reports. He objected strongly to the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

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130 bags of heroin seized during West Springfield motel room raid

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A Chicopee man faces drug charges after authorities raided his motel room in West Springfield on Friday.

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Westfield camp offers kids of all abilities something to smile about

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A summer camp in Westfield is giving all kids a chance to make that summer time memory.

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Protecting your computer privacy

Believe it or not, Microsoft programs have become increasingly aggressive about tracking your data and not just online, but on your computer too.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to talk about protecting your computer privacy and using Microsoft.

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Monster Jam coming to Stafford, CT this weekend

Looking for something new and exciting to do this summer?  Monster Jam is coming to Stafford Motor Speedway and it features tons of monster trucks and puts on a show to remember.  Kayla Blood joined Better Western Mass to tell us about this year's event.

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Zip Trip: Kosinski Farm, Westfield

It's blueberry season and a local farm in Westfield has seven acres of fresh blueberries that you can pick yourself.  This week's Zip Trip takes us to Kosinski Farm in Westfield - zip code: 01085

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Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, 'I'll be back soon' Video included

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Doctors say Arizona Sen. John McCain has a brain tumor associated with a blood clot that was removed last week.

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Springfield car fire under investigation

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Officials are investigating a car fire that broke out late Friday morning in Springfield. 

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Pittsfield police seek to find missing 13-year-old girl

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Pittsfield police are asking for the public's help to find 13-year-old Nyasia Atkins.

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Another hot but slightly less humid day to close out the week

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It's looking like another sunny and hot day to close out the week though it will feel just a bit less humid this afternoon. Saturday looks like the pick of the weekend with mostly sunny skies before showers arrive on Sunday.     

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Discussing civil service retirement

Dale Frank from Dale A. Frank Financial joined Western Mass News to discuss civil service retirements.

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Springfield police seek suspects involved in State St. shooting

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One person was taken to the hospital Thursday after a shooting. 

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Gun N' Roses brings tour to CT Video included

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Gun N' Roses are coming to Connecticut later this year. The Not In This Lifetime Tour comes to the XL Center on Oct. 23 at 7:30 pm. 

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Explaining the differences in tax-based investments

This week, we're talking three types of investments: taxable, tax-deferred, and tax-free.  Dale Frank from Dale A. Frank Financial joined Western Mass News to tell us the differences.

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Officials: man working in his yard hit, killed by garbage truck

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One person has died following a crash Thursday morning in Ware.

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Greenfield mayor issues executive order to protect immigrants

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As the debate for sanctuary cities continue, Greenfield Mayor William Martin is looking to further protect immigrants.   

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'Juice' will be loose: OJ Simpson granted parole in robbery Video included

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O.J. Simpson will command the world's attention once more as he pleads for his freedom before parole board. More>>

How local officers combat heroin in western MA

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Western Mass News has brought you countless stories about the opioid epidemic in western Mass and across the country.

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How notoriety played a role in OJ's parole

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OJ Simpson has been in the spotlight most of his life and today's hearing was watched by millions around the country.

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Everyday People: Bringing people together with the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

The Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival unites people through music by promoting the arts with a two-day event at Court Square. 

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Bringing people together with the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

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The Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival unites people through music by promoting the arts with a two-day event at Court Square.  However, the local program relies on those in the community to make it all happen.

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Parents concerned over safety of Palmer spray park

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On a hot day like today, many parents find comfort at local spray parks.  It’s a great way to keep the kids cool and happy.  However, could there be silent dangers along the surfaces of those spray parks?

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Springfield Diocese auctions off closed Huntington church

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Thursday marked a first for the Diocese of Springfield.  The closed down historic St. Thomas Church in Huntington was auctioned off.

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Springfield man found guilty in 2016 murder of Ludlow man

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A Hampden County jury found a Springfield man guilty of second degree murder on Thursday. 

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Lawmakers approve protections for pregnant workers

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Massachusetts lawmakers have given final approval to a bill offering protections for pregnant women in the workplace.

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Baker to review pot bill after final OK in legislature

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Gov. Charlie Baker is promising to carefully review a bill that makes changes to the state's voter-approved recreational marijuana law. 

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Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington dead at 41 in possible suicide

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Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, 41, committed suicide by hanging, according to a report from TMZ. They’re reporting his body was found Thursday morning at his residence near L.A.

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Electric meter mistake costs Monson family big bucks

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 An electric meter mix-up at a duplex in Monson is costing one family big bucks. 

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Local towns looking to aggressively control mosquitoes

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The weather in western Massachusetts lately is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitos.  Several towns in the Pioneer Valley have taken matters into their own hands and hired and outside national company to try and get the mosquito population under control.

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Making ribs and wings for your summer barbecue

You might be heading out to have a cookout this weekend and want something other than hot dogs and hamburgers.  Sam the Butcher from Big Y World Class Markets joined Better Western Mass to talk about how to cook up some wings and ribs.

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Meet Shirley, a great cat looking for a good home

Meet Shirley, this week's featured four-legged friend from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.

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16-year-old male reported missing in Longmeadow

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Longmeadow police are asking for the public's assistance to locate 16-year-old Joseph McDonald.

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