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Flash Flood Warnings and Areal Flood Warnings continue for the lower valley this evening, but the heavy rain is moving out. Our conditions will be improving this evening and Wednesday...

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Lightning strike impacting Monson Police 911, business phones

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A lightning strike from Tuesday's storms is having an impact on some emergency calls in one Hampden County town.

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Get back-to-school ready with vaccinations and physicals

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It's only July 17 but back-to-school commercials are already out. 

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Hundreds remain without power following Tuesday's storms

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Hundreds of electric customers are still without service in the wake of a strong line of storms that moved through the area.

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Springfield city council looks to ban vaping and e-cigarettes

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With MGM Springfield just weeks away from opening, the Springfield City Council is planning on banning electronic cigarettes in the city and would include the casino floor. 

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Tuesday storms leave behind damage, street flooding

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The heavy rain from Tuesday's storms has caused of flooding, damage, and outages across western Massachusetts. 

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Suspect in Massachusetts officer death held without bail

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The man suspected of killing a Massachusetts police officer, as well as an innocent bystander, is being held without bail.

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Check out these pictures from the storms that rolled through on Tuesday, July 17

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Pre-trial hearing held for Stewart Weldon

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A pre-trial hearing for Stewart Weldon, the man currently being held on kidnapping charges, took place Tuesday.

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Investigation continues into Holyoke shooting

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Police continue to investigate a shooting that left one person injured.

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Bicyclist versus lift bridge. What could possibly go wrong?

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Police say a bicyclist who weaved past the gates blocking access to a bridge over a river in eastern Wisconsin escaped serious injury after falling into the gap that was created when the bridge started to rise.

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World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost

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World Cup, World Cup and more World Cup _ that's all France is talking about. More>>

Amazon's Prime Day runs into early snags Video included

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This year's sales event, which starts Monday afternoon, will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products.

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Father of 2 dies after being struck by lightning while mowing lawn

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A father of two was struck by lightning while mowing his mother's lawn.

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Lawyer for cop charged in off-duty assault seeks dismissal

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The lawyer for a Massachusetts police officer charged in an off-duty assault is asking a judge to dismiss the case.

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Massachusetts House, Senate leaders: Final budget deal near

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Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts House and Senate say they're hopeful a budget deal is near.

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Hotel agrees to pay $62,000 for illegal paycheck deductions

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Massachusetts authorities say Berkshire County hotel and its owner will pay more than $62,000 for making improper dedications from employees' paychecks.

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Holyoke shooting victim on North East St. in critical condition

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Authorities are investigating a late afternoon shooting in Holyoke.

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Woman impaled by beach umbrella in freak accident

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Police say a  woman was impaled by a beach umbrella on the New Jersey shore.

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Kinder Morgan officials investigate after gas line vents at Agawam facility

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Kinder Morgan officials are investigating their facility on Suffield Street in Agawam after a Methane gas line activated their safety systems Monday night. 

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FDA weighs-in on so-called sunblock pills

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No doubt about it, sunscreen can be messy.  

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2 arrested after witness alerts Chicopee police of breaking and entering

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Chicopee police arrested two men over the weekend after a witness alerted officers about a breaking and entering on Exchange Street. 

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Ludlow officers reflect on loss of friend; fallen Weymouth officer

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Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna was killed in the line of duty on Sunday while responding to a call of an erratic driver. 

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Federal judge pauses deportations of reunited families

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A federal judge on Monday ordered the US government to temporarily pause deportations of reunited families to allow attorneys time to debate whether he should more permanently extend that order.

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Criminal complaint filed against Chicopee resident for setting an open fire

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Chicopee police say a criminal complaint has been filed against a resident on Murphy Lane who reportedly wasted city resources by burning a box full of dog hair outside. 

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Farmers Markets may soon stop accepting SNAP benefits

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SNAP recipients soon may not be able to use the program to buy food at farmers markets.

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Shots fired call leads to weapons, drugs seized in Springfield

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A shots fired call in Springfield led to three people being arrested along with the recovery of illegal weapons and drugs Saturday night.

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Refurbished Grand Central Station benches unveiled at Union Station

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Springfield's Union Station is already loaded with history from the big clock to the murals lining the walls.

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Northampton may lower municipal election voting age to 16

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Sixteen year olds could soon vote in city elections in Northampton. The city council passed a resolution beginning the steps to allow 16 year olds to cast a ballot.

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'Dixie dogs' arrive at Dakin Humane Society

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The Dakin Humane Society in Springfield finds itself in an interesting predicament.  There are so many people looking to adopt dogs and so few dogs in their shelter to adopt.

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Man accused of killing officer to be arraigned at later date

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The man charged with fatally shooting a Massachusetts police officer with the officer's own weapon and an innocent bystander will not be arraigned on murder charges right away.

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Western Mass. police mourning loss of Weymouth officer

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Hundreds of police officers and others lined a procession route Monday afternoon in honor of Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna as his body was taken from the medical examiner's office in Boston to a funeral home in Weymouth.

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Monson police officer rescues injured owl

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A Barred Owl is in recovery thanks to a Monson police officer who found the injured bird on the side of the road on Monday. 

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Hurricane preparedness week underway in Mass.

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It's hurricane preparedness week in Massachusetts and the state wants to make sure residents are ready in case of an emergency this hurricane season.

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Greenfield woman charged in early morning stabbing

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A Franklin County woman is facing several charges after an alleged incident early Monday morning.

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Trump: summit with Putin off to a 'very, very good start' Video included

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Speaking during a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, he reiterates that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and the Russian government.

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