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Racial slur written on Springfield sidewalk

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A racial slur has been written onto a sidewalk and it's less than half a mile from one of Springfield's elementary schools.

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Investigation continues into deaths of two people in Pittsfield

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A Pittsfield neighborhood remains in shock after the discovery Monday of two bodies, a man and wife, in their home.

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Southwick woman seeks answers after she claims fiance was denied care

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“I don’t think anybody at 28 should have to go through what I’ve gone through,” said Kaleigh Payette of Southwick. Kaleigh, a mother of three, is supposed to be married to the love of her life.

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Westfield mother raising money for 'all-abled' playground

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A Westfield woman is raising money for an all-inclusive playground. Mandi Riel has two children with disabilities.

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2 Springfield men indicted on federal firearms and drug charges

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The pair allegedly distributed heroin in Hampden County ...

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By a hair, Senate votes to debate GOP health care bill Video included

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At least a dozen GOP senators have openly said they oppose or criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's legislation, which he's revised as he's hunted Republican support.

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Holyoke man sentenced for possession and distribution of cocaine

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A Holyoke man was arrested and charged today in Springfield federal court for distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

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Cheers, whoops for McCain's return, then impassioned speech Video included

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At the twilight of a storied career and battling a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain stands poised to deliver for his party and his president on the issue that's defined the GOP for the past seven years. More>>

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Driver dies after high speed crash at K-Mart Plaza in Holyoke, 2 arrested

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The driver who crashed into a loading dock at the K-Mart Plaza has died and 2 people are now under arrest ... 

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Woman seriously injured by falling tree in East Longmeadow

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After a soaking rain for much of the day Monday, a tree snapped in East Longmeadow and injured a woman and damaged property. 

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Springfield man sentenced following assault on Chicopee bar owner

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A Springfield man was sentenced today following his connection in the 2015 armed assault and battery of a person over sixty at Chief’s Lounge in Chicopee. 

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We are nearing the end of our cloudy & cool weather stretch and skies will begin clearing tonight. Expect a chilly start Wednesday followed by a day of sunshine and warmer temps...

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Barbara Sinatra, widow of Frank Sinatra, dies at 90

Frank and Barbara Sinatra are all smiles as they get set to watch the third game of the World Series in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 14, 1977. (AP Photo) Frank and Barbara Sinatra are all smiles as they get set to watch the third game of the World Series in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 14, 1977. (AP Photo)

Barbara Sinatra, philanthropist and wife of the legendary singer Frank Sinatra, died on Tuesday at 90 years old.

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Saw safety when making wood crafts

This week, Lloyd Jack from Woodcraft in West Springfield shows us how to safely use our saw when making crafts and projects.

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Helping job candidates find opportunities in the Pioneer Valley

Here in the Pioneer Valley, there is a boom in the industrial realm and United Personnel wants to help job candidates seek out those opportunities.  Jennifer Brown from United Personnel joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Utility pole ends up on top of vehicle in Holland, road closed

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A detour route has been set up ...

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Healthy, easy snacks for your trip to the beach

Going to the beach may cause those snack cravings to come out.  Ashley Brodeur with Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to show us some simple and healthy alternatives to those tempting treats.

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WATCH: Men take down suspected drunk driver in citizen’s arrest

Witnesses pulled a suspected drunk driver out of his car after seeing him driving erratically through traffic. (Source: Alejandro Fernandez, KTRK via CNN) Witnesses pulled a suspected drunk driver out of his car after seeing him driving erratically through traffic. (Source: Alejandro Fernandez, KTRK via CNN)
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A family in Texas witnessed a car swerving all over the road, so they pulled over the driver to make a citizen’s arrest. 

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VIDEO: Little boy breaks down in tears when new stepmom reads vows to him

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A 4-year-old boy was overwhelmed with emotion when his new stepmom read him a heartwarming set of vows before tying the knot with his father.

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Bicyclist struck by vehicle in Hadley on S Maple Street

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The bicyclist was transported to the hospital...

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Tractor Trailer jackknifed across the highway on the Pike in Blandford

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A modular home fell off the vehicle.  This is the Eastbound side of I-90... 

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ICE: Massachusetts court decision 'weakens' law enforcement

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An immigration official says a ruling by the highest court in Massachusetts that said police do not have the authority to detain people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally puts communities at risk. 

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16 people injured in Connecticut tobacco bus crash

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A bus carrying tobacco workers was involved in a serious accident in Suffield, Connecticut Tuesday morning. 

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Holyoke police make multiple arrests in laundromat armed robbery

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The Holyoke Police Department has arrested multiple people in connection to an armed robbery that occurred on Sunday evening. 

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Pittsfield Police investigate the death of two residents

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The deaths of two Pittsfield residents are being investigated by the Pittsfield Police Dept. following a wellbeing check at their home this afternoon. 

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No Russia collusion, 'nothing to hide,' Kushner tells Senate Video included

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The president's son-in-law has attracted attention for a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat.

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Bush’s Baked Beans recalled over defective cans

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Bush Brothers and Company is recalling three varieties of baked beans due to defective side seams on the cans. 

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West Springfield Environmental Committee issues warning on coyotes

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A large pack of coyotes have been seen wandering the streets. Neighbors have reported they've seen coyotes near Paucatuck and Squassick Roads in West Springfield.

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Woman transported to the hospital after tree falls on her in East Longmeadow

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A 49 year old woman from Hadley had to be transported to the hospital with serious injuries this afternoon after a tree fell on her in East Longmeadow. 

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Victim of Chicopee armed robbery speaks out

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Police in Chicopee are searching for the man who they said robbed a woman while she was working an overnight shift this morning.

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Groundbreaking held for new indoor shooting range in West Springfield

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West Springfield will soon be home to a new indoor firearm and bow range. 

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Court: Officials can't detain immigrants without charges

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The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that state court officers do not have the authority to detain people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally at the request of federal immigration officials if that person is not facing criminal charges. 

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Local lawmaker exploring idea of 'snow day' bill

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Rhode Island's governor has just signed a so-called "snow day" bill.  Under the new legislation, school districts can choose to have their students learn at home with a pre-designed lesson plan when school is canceled for bad weather.   That day is counted as an actual school day. The idea is to give students work to do at home during snow days and those days will not be tacked on to the end of the school year.

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What each state hates the most

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A new popular app which matches people by what they don't like, 'Hater', has released what Americans despise the most. 

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Downed tree blocking portion of Maynard Rd. in Wilbraham

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A tree is down across a road in Wilbraham and police say it's preventing traffic from getting by.

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Boston Bruins helping kids finish their summer reading

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Keeping children engaged with learning during vacation has been summer tradition.   Storrs Library in Longmeadow is keeping the effort going with a twist and some special help from a Bruin. Blades, the Boston Bruins mascot, paid a visit to the library to keep the kids motivated for this final stretch of summer.

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Longmeadow Police searching for missing 18-year-old girl

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Longmeadow Police are requesting the public’s help in finding a missing 18 year old girl that hasn’t been seen since Sunday at around 5:45 pm. 

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Police: Chicopee home invasion suspects hit woman with children upstairs

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Two home invasion suspects are being sought by the Chicopee Police Department after a woman was assaulted during the break-in while 2 children were upstairs. 

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Agawam neighborhood frustrated over street flooding

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Today's heavy rains have an Agawam neighborhood standing knee deep in frustration and demanding town officials take action.

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Therapeutic program available for those with early signs of memory loss

There is a new local program for patients with early signs of Alzheimer's.  Beth Cardillo, executive director at Armbrook Village, joined Better Western Mass to explain more.

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West Springfield police chase down B&E suspect wanted on 2 warrants

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Police in West Springfield say they've finally been able to capture a man they've chased before...

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Driver accused in Chicopee crash appears in court

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A Connecticut man accused of driving 100 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone has appeared in court.

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