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Springfield looks to take legal action against store with excessive trash

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One local business is an eyesore for many of its neighbors.  The Dollar Tree store on Allen Street in Springfield has neighbors upset because of the constant trash around the building. The trash problem has gotten so bad that the city of Springfield is planning to file with the courts to enforce the city ordinances.

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The trees across New England are changing from their green to shades of orange, red, and yellow.  Check out these foliage photos from across the area!

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First Warning Weather Day - Heavy rain and damaging wind likely

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Today's a First Warning Weather Day! We are expecting heavy rain and strong winds. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect from 6PM today through 10AM tomorrow and A Wind Advisory remains in effect from Noon today through 11AM tomorrow.

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They're shipping up to Boston

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This morning, Senator Eric Lesser, fellow legislators and western Mass residents are busing to Boston to testify on the East-West Rail study.

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Holyoke mayoral debate held at senior center

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Voters in a number of cities, including Holyoke, got to the polls two weeks from tomorrow.

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Granby Bow and Gun Club hearing to be rescheduled

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The owners of the Granby Bow and Gun Club attempted to appeal restrictions put in place by the town zoning board. 

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Family of boy hit and killed by car pushing for change

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A Springfield family is asking the city for change following the death of a 12-year-old last month.

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Man in yard mistakes coyote for neighbor's dog, gets bitten

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A Massachusetts man has mistaken a coyote for his neighbor's dog and has been bitten several times.

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Plane headed to Vegas strikes birds, diverted to New York

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A JetBlue plane from Boston to Las Vegas has struck some birds shortly after takeoff and has been diverted to New York.

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DOT releases fares for new Hartford commuter rail line

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is releasing proposed fares for the new CTrail Hartford Line rail service, which will run from New Haven, to Hartford to Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Local trainer weighs in on pit bull safety

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A tragic attack over the weekend in Lowell took the life of a seven year old boy.  He was mauled by two pit bulls.  Neighbors in Lowell described the attack by two pit bulls that killed a young boy as horrific.

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Heavy rain and wind expected Tuesday into Wednesday

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The great stretch of weather New England has experienced the last 10 days comes to an end in a big way Tuesday into Wednesday. Clouds are already beginning to build as skies remain cloudy overnight. Fog will be dense in some areas as temperatures fall to the low 60s. A few showers may pop up, however the main activity will hold off until Tuesday afternoon and evening.

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UMass warns of solar glare issues in wake of pedestrian accident

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In the wake of a UMass student being hit by a car just before sunset on Friday, police on-campus are asking those who drive on certain streets to be aware of the issues caused by solar glare. 

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DPW crews preparing for Tuesday's rain

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We're finally going to see some rain in western Massachusetts and that could mean trouble on the roads. Across the region, public works departments are getting ready for some much needed rain. 

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Attorney discusses next steps for Springfield man in sanctuary at Amherst church

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It's been several days since an Amherst church became a temporary home for a Springfield undocumented immigrant facing deportation. The First congregational Church is giving sanctuary for Lucio Perez, whose effort to block deportation failed last last week. 

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Tillerson says room for Taliban in Afghan government

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan. More>>

Police searching for missing Haverhill man

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Law enforcement are looking for the public's help in locating an missing man from eastern Massachusetts.

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Staying safe while sharing the road with 18-wheelers

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Whether you are the driver or a passenger, you've probably passed an 18-wheeler while on the road. There were two accidents Monday morning involving tractor-trailer trucks.

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Treatment options available for those seeking help with addiction

If you know someone who may be struggling with addiction, there are treatment center available to help.  Dr. Omar Faruk from Right Choice Health Group joined Better Western Mass to tells about treatment options.

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Monday marks National Boston Cream Pie Day!

It's National Boston Cream Pie Day, so it's only right that I went to Koffee Kup Bakery in Springfield - home of the official state cupcake.

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Low cost, last-minute Halloween costume ideas

Getting dressed up for Halloween can be expensive, but with some creativity, it doesn't have to be.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to show some perfect ways to dress up without breaking the bank.

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Massachusetts gas prices continue to fall after spike

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The price of gas in Massachusetts continues to fall after its post-hurricane spike last month.

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