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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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Western Mass News SkyDrone over Tanglewood

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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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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Be part of the Surprise Squad and help local Girl Scouts!

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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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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>>

Police: One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested

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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>>

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Unsettled, more humid weather returns Thursday

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Clouds continue to build and humidity is on the rise as we head into Thursday morning. Scattered showers will be around through the late morning and afternoon, then a strong thunderstorm or two is possible closer to dinnertime...

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"The Bike Guy" recieves Lifetime Achievement 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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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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Westfield Police seeking to identify graffiti suspect

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Westfield Police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect involved in a number of graffiti incidents. 

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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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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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Local veterans and LGBT community speak out amid transgender military ban

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President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will not accept or allow transgender people in the military.

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Attempted breaking and entering suspect on the loose in Southampton

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Southampton police are warning the public of a breaking and entering suspect that's on the loose.

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Police searching for van leaking stolen cooking grease

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The Wilbraham Police Department is currently looking for the van they believe to be responsible for leaking grease along Route 20.

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Pittsfield police investigate connected stabbings

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Pittsfield police are investigating the connection between two stabbings and another person who was injured Tuesday night. 

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Getting the hairstyle you always wanted

Are you tired of your look or are you searching for a way to switch up your hairstyle?  Jordyn Jagolinzer takes us to Brush to check out a fix that's just for you.

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'Radical Retro Review' show hits the stage at Six Flags

A new performance is hitting the stage at Six Flags New England.  This week's 'Thrillcast' takes a look at the all-new Radical Retro Review.

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Teen fashion trends for back to school

Fashion trends are always changing and that's certainly true with teen fashion.  Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass to talk about some of the latest trends as back to school season approaches.

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Six Flags New England to hold hiring event for Fright Fest

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Calling all ghosts, ghouls, and zombies! Six Flags New England is gearing up to hire over 200 performers and staff for this year’s Fright Fest. 

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Fun, educational toys for the kids

Toys can both be educational AND fun.  The Toy Insider joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about some great toys.

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Chicopee police locate person of interest

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Chicopee police have made contact with a man they say took someone's wallet and has not returned it.

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Former Springfield fire lieutenant faces years in jail for producing child pornography

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He's also been ordered to pay more than $15,000 in restitution ...

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Wilbraham sailor killed during attack on Pearl Harbor identified

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A 21-year-old sailor from Wilbraham who was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago has been identified.

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Trump bars transgender individuals from US armed forces

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President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday that transgender people will not be allowed to serve 'in any capacity' in the United States military. 

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Autopsies will be done today for Pittsfield couple found dead inside home

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The autopsies for a Pittsfield couple who were found dead inside their home on Monday, will be done today in Holyoke. 

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Senate opens 'Obamacare' debate at last but outcome in doubt 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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Cheers for McCain, then a speech like impassioned prophet 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>>

Residents complain about dumping outside Westfield business

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Many Westfield business owners are speaking out tonight over illegal dumping in one parking lot. 

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Springfield Police improve relations with community

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Today Springfield's Police Community Relations Committee will continue their tour of the city. 

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Chicopee Police seek to identify car theft suspect

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Chicopee Police are requesting the public’s help in identifying a car theft suspect from the video above.

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Chicopee bar owner speaks out following attacker's sentencing

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A Chicopee bar owner is still recovering two years after he was brutally attacked by two men. 

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Five men arrested following theft of power tools in Great Barrington

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Five men were arrested in Great Barrington following reports of several power tools being stolen from a local landscaper’s truck. 

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How court's immigration ruling could impact WMass refugees

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court made a decision that is the first of its kind. The decision made Monday makes it so that police officers cannot hold people solely for their immigration status. 

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Video captures moments before weekend crash in Chicopee

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A camera on a house on Granby Road in Chicopee captured the moments that led up to a crash on Saturday that sent several people to the hospital and led to the arrest of a Connecticut man.

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2 accused drug dealers arrested by West Springfield Police and the FBI

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A man and woman accused of dealing drugs face charges following a police chase Monday that began at a Wendy's Restaurant ... 

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Repairs made after meter mistake costs Monson family big bucks

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Another Western Mass News investigation is getting results. Last week, we told you about a meter mixup at a duplex in Monson that was costing a resident, Ellis Pelham, some big bucks.

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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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Dangerous Chicopee intersections to be monitored

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Police in Chicopee are increasing there efforts to keep drivers safe through some of the city's most dangerous intersections. 

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Local farmers monitoring crops following cool, rainy weather

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The unseasonably cool and rainy weather lately is making life a bit tricky for local farmers. 

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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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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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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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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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