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Schedule of fireworks displays across the area

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Summertime means fun in the sun during the day and fireworks displays at night.

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Chicopee car break-in suspect sought by police

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Chicopee Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they believe broke into several cars on Nebury Street. 

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Man with history of fleeing from police arrested for pursuit in West Springfield and Holyoke

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A Chicopee man who has a history of fleeing from police was arrested early Wednesday morning after leading police on another pursuit in West Springfield then into Holyoke. 

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Melania Trump's 'I really don't care. Do U?' jacket was no mistake

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As the first lady boarded her plane from Andrews Air Force Base, she wore an olive green jacket. The back of the jacket read: "I really don't care. Do U?" in white graffiti-style lettering.

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2 Springfield men charged for armed robbery in Chicopee

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Two Springfield men were arrested Wednesday night for allegedly committing an armed robbery outside of a Chicopee restaurant. 

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WEATHER

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It's a fantastic afternoon! We'll see a mixture of sunshine and clouds with warm dry conditions on this the first day of summer!  A weak cold front will drop southward this afternoon with some patchy clouds and a stray hill town shower, but most remain dry. 

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EVERYDAY PEOPLE

Longtime volunteer among many who help keep Look Park running

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Look Park in Florence offers anything from paddle boats to mini-golf, playgrounds to picnicking.  Sitting on 157 acres, it's mainly run by volunteers.

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Gaming Commission to allow MGM to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.

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Downtown Springfield continues to evolve as crews work to complete the MGM casino.

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West Springfield mayor pushing for bear ordinance

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The city of West Springfield is making changes to keep its residents safe.

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Kate Spade’s father dies the night before her funeral in Kansas City

In this May 13, 2004 file photo, designer Kate Spade poses with handbags and shoes from her next collection in New York.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) In this May 13, 2004 file photo, designer Kate Spade poses with handbags and shoes from her next collection in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
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As family and friends gather to remember Kate Spade her family has suffered another loss. Her father, Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr., passed away Wednesday night at the age of 89. 

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Bill raising state minimum wage to $15 awaiting governor's approval

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After swift approval by state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, a new bill guaranteeing a $15 minimum wage, family and medical leave, and a permanent sales tax holiday awaits Governor Charlie Baker's signature.

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How to talk to your children about the border crisis

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First Lady Melania Trump landed in Texas on Thursday on a publicly unannounced and quickly planned trip to get an in-person look at the border crisis.

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Water balloon slingshots top list of unsafe summer toys

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A Boston-based consumer watchdog group has warned of the dangers to children of water balloon slingshots, lawn darts and other summer toys.

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TRAFFIC ALERT

Crash clean-up to close one lane of I-91 in Whately

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Clean-up work that continues after a deadly crash on I-91 in Whately will force the closure of part of the roadway Friday.

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Local rider lands sponsorship for motocross nationals

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A local rider set to compete against the top talent in the country has a local bank to thank for sponsoring his bike - a bike costing thousands just to be ready to compete.

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Kick-off reception to be held for Springfield's Puerto Rican parade

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Members of the Puerto Rican community in western Massachusetts hope to celebrate their resiliency and strength at the parade.

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Melania Trump makes surprise visit to border facilities

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First lady Melania Trump touched down in McAllen, Texas, Thursday making a publicly unannounced and hastily planned trip to get a first-hand look at the crisis affecting immigrant families at the US border.

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Officials identify Russell drowning victim

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We are learning more about the circumstances surrounding the death of a young boy from an apparent drowning.

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Study: vaccine could reverse cases of Type 1 diabetes

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There could be a big breakthrough in the fight to cure Type 1 diabetes.

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Ways to plan accordingly for your summer road trip

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Thursday marked the first day of summer and many people are planning roads trips, but what do drivers need to know before heading out the door?  It's time to grab the suitcases, fuel up the car, and hit the road.

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Meet Eddie, a great dog looking for a good home

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

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Buzz Around Town: Kaptain Jimmy's in Agawam

In this week's Buzz Around Town, Brittany takes us to Kaptain Jimmy's in Agawam

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'Purple Heart Truck Run' to stop in West Springfield

A truck traveling across the country to honor wounded veterans will be making a stop in western Massachusetts this weekend.  It's called the 'Purple Heart Truck Run' and Brian Willette, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

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It was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia.

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Holy Cross Church in Springfield will need repairs following fire

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A Springfield church that's closed for renovations is now going to need more work done.

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Springfield fire likely caused by smoking materials

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The Tuesday morning fire in an apartment complex on Mulberry Street in Springfield was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials next to a bed.

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MGM Springfield announces Regal Cinemas as movie theater operator

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When MGM Springfield opens in just a few weeks, it will not only offer casino gaming, live entertainment, and shopping, but also a place to catch the latest hit movie. On Thursday, company officials announced who will be operating that movie theater facility.

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Regulators set to award states 1st commercial pot license

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State marijuana regulators are likely to award the first business license under the state's recreational marijuana law, but it won't mean the opening of any pot shops.

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Man charged with robbing Gronkowski's home arraigned

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One of three men charged in connection with a robbery at the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski while he was away at the Super Bowl has been held on $100,000 bail.

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Time magazine's latest cover shows Trump staring down viral immigrant girl

Time magazine released the cover of its latest issue on Thursday. It shows President Trump staring down at a 2-year-old immigrant girl who was stopped at the border.

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Child's body recovered from river in Russell after apparent drowning

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Police said a child's body was recovered from the Westfield River underneath the Main Street Bridge in Russell Wednesday afternoon. 

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Driver killed in gas tanker rollover on I-91 in Whately

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State Police said the driver of the gas tanker that rolled over on I-91 north in Whately on Wednesday was killed in the accident. 

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Officials warn of mulch placement following Chicopee house fire

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Investigators believe mulch that caught fire last week was the reason a home in Chicopee is now unlivable.

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Southwick PD re-evaluating procedures when responding to drug overdoses

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The opioid epidemic continues to hit western Massachusetts hard, and it's becoming a bigger danger to police and emergency crews responding to overdoses. 

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FDA reconsiders added sugar label for maple syrup, honey

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Maple syrup producers had rallied against the plan, saying the nutrition labels updates were misleading, illogical and confusing and could hurt their industries.

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Three Holyoke men indicted for heroin, crack cocaine distribution charges

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A months-long investigation resulted in the arrests of three Holyoke men who were indicted on heroin and crack cocaine distribution charges in Springfield federal court on Wednesday. 

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Crews extinguish attic fire at Holy Cross Church in Springfield

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Dennis Leger, aide to Springfield's fire commissioner, told Western Mass News that firefighters were called to Holy Cross Church on Plumtree Road just before 5 p.m. for a report of an attic fire.

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Local professor discusses president's 'zero tolerance' border policy

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President Donald Trump took action today, signing an executive order that will allow migrant families to be detained together. The president reversed a policy that had separated migrant children from their parents after they illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday marijuana will be legal nationwide on October 17.

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Lia Surprise Squad gives back to local artist

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A talented Springfield artist is thriving.  Her art even getting picked up by celebrities like rapper T.L. However, it's her commitment to family values that's drawing in our Surprise Squad. 

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Court hearings continue for PVTA bus stabbing suspect

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A woman charged in a knife attack aboard a PVTA bus appeared before a judge at Eastern Hampshire District Court on Wednesday. 

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Dozens of W.Mass immigrants, residents rally for immigration rights in Boston

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Over two dozen immigrants and residents from western Massachusetts went to the State House Wednesday morning to rally for immigrants rights. 

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Man accused of killing wife, daughter in 1995 now facing charges in CT

Robert Honsch is guilty of killing his wife, and now faces a murder charge in his daughter's death (WSHM file/New Britain PD) Robert Honsch is guilty of killing his wife, and now faces a murder charge in his daughter's death (WSHM file/New Britain PD)
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A man accused of killing his daughter and wife in 1995 is now being charged with murder by New Britain police.

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State Police cite driver on I-91 for unsecured load

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Authorities are reminding motorists to make sure their cargo is properly secure following an incident Wednesday.

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Local residents react to President Trump's 'zero tolerance' border policy

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President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will allow families to be detained together, instead of pulling children away from their parents at the border. This comes just days after Trump said only Congress could end family separations.

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Preps underway to move portion of former Yankee Pedlar Inn

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A giant piece of Holyoke history will roll down city streets this weekend.

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Airlines ask US not to put migrant children on flights

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American Airlines, United Airlines, and Frontier Airlines have asked the US government to not use their planes to transport undocumented migrant children who have been separated from their families.

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Trump reverses course, signs order to keep families together

Watched by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (L) and Vice President Mike Pence, US President Donald Trump holds an executive order on immigration which he just signed in the Oval Office of the White House on June 20, 2018 (MANDEL NGAN/Getty) Watched by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (L) and Vice President Mike Pence, US President Donald Trump holds an executive order on immigration which he just signed in the Oval Office of the White House on June 20, 2018 (MANDEL NGAN/Getty)
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed his debunked argument that he had no authority to stop separations of undocumented immigrant families at the border, signing an executive order to keep parents and kids together.

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