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Missing Newburyport mother found safe in Springfield

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Police said the mother who was missing after she reportedly took her four-month-old son from a Newburyport facility early Monday morning has been located in Springfield. 

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In honor of Ray's 50th anniversary, take a look at these pictures of our friend and colleague through the years.

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Jury in Bill Cosby case to begin deliberating on Wednesday

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Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial will soon be in the hands of a jury. More>>

Trump, Macron make a show as best buds but tussle over Iran Video included

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A sit-down between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron followed by a joint news conference highlight the business portion of the French leader's second day in Washington. More>>

Online post suggests rampage suspect may have resented women Video included

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Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what many said seemed a deliberate attack.

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he'll play in 2018

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he is returning for his ninth NFL season.

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2 seriously injured following accident on Rt.5 in Holyoke

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One person is in critical condition and another was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Route 5 in Holyoke Tuesday afternoon. 

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Two Dallas police officers shot, critically wounded at Home Depot

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Two Dallas, Texas police officers were shot at a Home Depot Tuesday and left in critical condition, according to the Dallas Police Department's Twitter.

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UMass Amherst students prepare for sold-out Cardi B concert

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UMass Amherst students are getting ready to party with Cardi B.

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Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

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Cities and even countries now such as Great Britain are looking at banning straws because plastic pollution is a huge global problem. More>>

New study grades Massachusetts hospitals

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A new study has graded thousands of hospitals across the country and several in Massachusetts have received high marks.

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Uptick in gun violence this week in Springfield

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Western Mass News is following the latest after an uptick in gun violence occurred this week in Springfield.  

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West Springfield's mayor looking to allow businesses in industrial buildings

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One local mayor is looking to bring in more business to his city, including breweries and wineries. 

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Ware man facing several rape charges

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Investigators have arrested a Ware man who is accused of several rapes in Granby.

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Rain on the way for Wednesday Video included

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Clouds continue to build this evening and rain arrives a few hours after midnight. Rain may come down heavy at times Wednesday with some rumbles of thunder possible...

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Century-old method helps crews locate, battle brush fires

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Fire crews in western Massachusetts responded to several brush fires Tuesday, thanks to the perfect recipe of weather conditions: low humidity, warm temperatures, sunlight, and a decent breeze.

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Spokesman: George HW Bush "responding and recovering" Video included

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A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is eager to get well so he can get to his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. More>>

Puerto Rican families still uncertain about future after housing extension

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Uncertainty continues for many Puerto Rican families living in hotels in West Springfield after Hurricane Maria.

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Body found in Springfield park appears to have gunshot wound

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Authorities report that the body found in Springfield park over the weekend appears to have suffered gunshot wounds.

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Ware High students stage mock accident on distracted driving

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Ware High School made a statement outside their classrooms on Tuesday, performing a mock accident on the consequences of distracted driving.

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Hearing held for man accused of misleading police in West Brookfield investigation

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There's new information today into the investigation surrounding the murders of a West Brookfield mother and her three children.

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Missing, endangered child from Newburyport found safe in Springfield

Anyone with information is asked to contact  the Newburyport Police Department at 978-462-4411 or dial 911. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Newburyport Police Department at 978-462-4411 or dial 911.
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Authorities say that a four month old boy who was taken from a Newburyport facility by his mother has been found safe.

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Ray Hershel recalls his most memorable story

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In April 1973, 45 years ago, a story unfolded at the Westover Air Reserve Base that had a huge impact on Ray Hershel.

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Man facing fourth OUI charge following Chicopee crash

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A Holyoke man is facing his fourth OUI charge after a crash Monday in Chicopee.

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Car fire on 91 North causes delays

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A car fire on 91 Northbound caused some delays Tuesday morning.

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1 person shot on Cherry Street in Springfield

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Springfield police say a woman was shot on Cherry Street early Tuesday morning. The shooting happened a little after 2 a.m. The female victim was hit in the leg or foot area, police say, adding that the bullet wasn't a direct hit.

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1 person killed in Springfield shooting on Worthington Street

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A male has died following a shooting that happened on Worthington and Federal streets Monday night. 

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5-year-old says teachers taped his mouth shut, wouldn’t let him eat

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A family is furious with a local elementary school after they say their 5-year-old son was assaulted and humiliated in front of his class.

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Boston airport decides against fees for drop-off, pickup

A plan to charge drivers a fee for picking up or dropping off passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport has been rejected by the agency overseeing the airport. More>>

Watch: Suspect appears to point gun at officer after van kills 10 in Toronto

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Toronto police appear to have engaged in a tense standoff with a suspect shortly after a van drove into multiple pedestrians on Monday, leaving 10 dead.

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Closing arguments, deliberations loom in Bill Cosby retrial

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Bill Cosby's lawyers and publicists are increasingly playing to the court of public opinion as his sexual assault retrial heads toward deliberations. More>>

State Police seek to locate missing, endangered baby last seen in Newburyport

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State Police are seeking the public's help to locate a missing and endangered four-month-old Jacob Van Voorhis. 

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Agawam lacrosse pays tribute to woman killed in crash

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The Agawam girl's lacrosse team held their annual 'pink game'' on Monday in memory of Evan Bard who was killed in a drunk driving crash in May of 2013. 

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Toronto collision leaves 10 dead, 15 injured; suspect in custody

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Ten people are dead and 15 are injured after the driver of a van plowed into multiple pedestrians in Toronto on Monday in what appears to be a deliberate act, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said.

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Chicopee woman charged with OUI after crash with 9-year-old passenger

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An accident over the weekend led to the arrest of a Chicopee woman who was allegedly driving drunk with a child in the car.

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Gas prices on the rise across Massachusetts and the nation

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You may be feeling a pinch at the pump as gas prices are on the rise, well before the start of the summer driving season.

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Investigation into possible civil rights violations by Springfield PD narcotics unit

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Just weeks after the U.S. Department of Justice launched an investigation into possible civil rights violations by the Springfield Police Narcotics Unit, several Springfield city councilors want more information from city leaders and the police commissioner. 

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Revitalize CDC's neighborhood rebuild set for Saturday

Giving back to the community can be one of the most rewarding experiences and one local organization is looking to do just that.  Colleen Loveless and Ethel Griffin from Revitalize CDC joined Better Western Mass to talk about their upcoming neighborhood rebuilding event in Springfield

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Looking back on Ray Hershel's 50 year career in broadcasting

The year was 1968 - 50 years ago.  A gallon of gas was 34 cents.  A gallon of milk was $1.06, a stamp was a nickel.  Also, on April 15, Ray Hershel was settling in for his first day at WHYN Radio.

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State police payroll director pleads not guilty to theft

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A Massachusetts State Police payroll director accused of stealing $23,000 of funds has pleaded not guilty to a larceny charge in Framingham District Court.

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Police: Waffle House shooting suspect in custody

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Travis Reinking, the man suspected of killing 4 people at a Waffle House in Nashville has been arrested.

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One week remains in open burning season

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There are just seven days left in the open burning season in the Bay State, but this final stretch has been busy for many local fire departments.

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Officials determine cause of fire at Westfield apartment building

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We have new information about the fire in Westfield that ripped through an apartment building on Sunday, leaving dozens of families without homes.

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Travel ban case is justices' first dive into Trump policy Video included

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Supreme Court justices' first deep dive into a Trump administration policy comes in a dispute over the administration's ban on travel from some countries with majority Muslim populations. More>>

2nd trial in Orange home invasion deaths delayed

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The second suspect in the slayings of a 95-year-old Massachusetts man and his 77-year-old wife during an October 2016 home invasion is heading to trial.

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