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Two arrested on drug charges following I-91 traffic stop

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Two people were arrested yesterday after police allegedly found drugs in their car during a traffic stop. 

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On Thursday, July 27, the Western Mass News Lia Auto Group Surprise Squad helped collect donations of non-perishable foods and toiletries for local Girl Scouts who are helping those in need.

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This week, the Lia Surprise Squad headed to West Springfield to help a Girl Scout troop with 'blessing boxes' - or 'brownie boxes' - that will help those in the community in need.

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Trump's transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress

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President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress. More>>

GOP seeks support for narrow version of "Obamacare" repeal

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Senate Republicans are abandoning hope of truly replacing 'Obamacare' and might settle for a much more modest 'skinny repeal' ". More>>

Gov. Baker signs pregnant worker protection bill

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill that backers say will keep women from having to choose between healthy pregnancies or keeping their jobs.

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"The Bike Guy" receives "Game Changer" Award

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The founder of Peddle Through Youth, Robert Charland was honored at tonight's Valley Blue Sox game in Holyoke.

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AG: Massachusetts debt collector to pay $1M in settlement

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Attorney General Maura Healey says the state's largest debt collection firm will pay $1 million in restitution for what her office calls "widespread consumer abuses."

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Over 2,000 MA taxpayers impacted by tax payment error

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More than 2,000 Massachusetts taxpayers have been affected by a tax payment error. The state's Department of Revenue said that those people had a tax payment for 2016 incorrectly applied to 2017.

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EPA grant funds brownfields development in WMass

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Millions of dollars are being invested in cleaning up contaminated sites for development in the western and central part of the Commonwealth.

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Blighted gas station in Sixteen Acres will be renovated this fall

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An overgrown and out of business Mobile gas station has become an eyesore over several years.

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Buckland man turning wood into wizard wands

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A Buckland man is using a little magic to turn his basement tools into instruments of wizardy.

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Police: One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested Video included

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A man accused of drunkenly strolling down a road in Maine with a clown mask on and a machete taped to his amputated arm has been arrested. More>>

Old Pyrex merchandise may be worth thousands

In honor of the Pyrex brand's 100th Anniversary the entire town celebrates the renaming ceremony to Pyrex, PA, for the next 100 days in Charleroi, PA, on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Ed Rieker/AP Images for the Pyrex brand) In honor of the Pyrex brand's 100th Anniversary the entire town celebrates the renaming ceremony to Pyrex, PA, for the next 100 days in Charleroi, PA, on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Ed Rieker/AP Images for the Pyrex brand)
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It’s time to check your cabinets! Many people are still into grandma’s favorite nesting bowl sets and are willing to pay some steep prices for a chance at nostalgia.

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Unsettled today with showers & a storm around

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Keep the umbrella handy this afternoon! It will remain mainly cloudy and damp with showers and a few downpours moving through western Mass. There may be a few sunny breaks later on and we can't rule out an isolated non-severe thunderstorm. A slow moving cold front will slip through the area tonight allowing for drier air move in. 

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Controversial monument at Holyoke park to be moved

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A monument in Holyoke's Veterans Park that sparked some controversy is being moved.

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9-year-old faces larceny charges after Alexa records voice

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Police in Massachusetts say a 9-year-old boy is facing breaking and entering and larceny charges after a neighbor recognized his voice from a recording made on her voice-activated smart device.

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Westfield Police identify graffiti suspect

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Westfield Police have identified a man they say went around and spray painted graffiti on several businesses, sidewalks, and other buildings along Meadow Street during the early morning hours of Monday July 24.

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Scalise discharged from hospital, beginning rehabilitation

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise _ who was critically wounded in a shooting at a baseball practice last month _ has been discharged from a Washington hospital. More>>

Spinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart; 1 dead, 7 hurt

(Source: Twitter/@DjNarkatta) There was a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday. (Source: Twitter/@DjNarkatta) There was a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday.

A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball malfunctioned and broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State fair on Wednesday, hurling people through the air, killing at least one and injuring seven others.

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Autopsies reveal cause of death of Pittsfield couple

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Autopsies were conducted today for the bodies found inside a Pittsfield home Monday afternoon. 

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Belchertown man charged in crash that killed well-known Amherst blogger

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A Belchertown man will soon appear before a judge for his alleged involvement in a deadly crash earlier this year.

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The Western Mass News SkyDrone gives you an aerial look over a Berkshire County treasure - Tanglewood.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

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Officials warn of dangers of 'co-sleeping' with babies

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A warning today about the dangers of parents sharing beds with their babies. The warning comes from Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni and Baystate Medical Center.

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Parts of Orange transforming into 'Castle Rock' for Hulu series

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In just a few weeks, the little town of Orange, Massachusetts will be completely transformed. Businesses in orange are starting to look a little run down, but that's on purpose - to make the town look like Castle Rock, ME. 

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Security gear to protect bicycles after rash of bicycle thefts

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A pair of bikes under lock and key were stolen in the middle of the night in Westfield.

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Lia Surprise Squad helps Girl Scouts with 'Blessing Box'

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Our Western Mass News Lia Auto Group Surprise Squad set out this week to fill grocery carts for those in western Massachusetts.  However, this time, it wasn't the shoppers they surprised.

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More passenger rail service is coming to Springfield

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There's some good news for those who like to take the train. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has announced expansion of passenger rail service from Connecticut to Springfield.

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State; Over 2,000 MA residents affected by tax payment error

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Around 2,100 taxpayers out of the 3 million (less than 0.1%) Massachusetts personal income filers had a tax payment for tax year 2016 incorrectly applied to tax year 2017. 

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Tanglewood: a Western Mass. treasure

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It’s been a part of every summer in Western Massachusetts. The Tanglewood Music Center sits on more than 500 acres of land in the town of Lenox and for more than 80 years, it’s brought thousands of people to the Berkshires every summer.

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Allergies have many feeling blue this summer

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Many are feeling blue this summer as another round of allergies have been lingering in the air. 

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MA drivers could face fines for smoking with young children in their cars

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A bill filed in the Massachusetts legislature is aimed at cracking down on drivers who smoke in their cars with small children. 

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Suspect in death of Massachusetts runner held without bail

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A man charged with killing a Google employee from New York who went missing while out for a run near her mother's Massachusetts home has pleaded not guilty.

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MA delegation: Trump wrong on transgender military members

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Members of Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation are blasting President Donald Trump's announcement that he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S. military.

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Man denies raping 11-year-old, says she might have raped him

Prosecutors say a 38-year-old Massachusetts man charged with impregnating an 11-year-old girl denies raping the girl, and instead suggested that she might have become pregnant by having sex with him as he slept. More>>

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