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State spreading the word on getting Narcan on highway billboards

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is spreading the word about Narcan. On their Twitter account, and even on highway billboards, the state wants you to know that you can get a hold of the overdose reversal drug in a pinch, just by heading to your local pharmacy.

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Schedule of fireworks displays across the area

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With the Independence Day holiday right around the corner, several communities will be displaying fireworks in celebration of the holiday and the summer season.

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Stabbing suspect was caretaker, studied insurance sales

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Canadian man remains in custody in stabbing of Michigan airport police officer; suspect accused of shouting 'Allahu akbar' before the incident that is being investigating as act of terrorism. More>>

No tapes after all: Trump says he didn't record Comey talks

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President Donald Trump says he "did not make" and doesn't have any recordings of his private conversations with James Comey _ his fired FBI director. More>>

Springfield teacher takes his talents to the octagon

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If you're wondering what teachers do after school or in the summertime, look no further than one Springfield Central High School teacher.   Pat Casey's day job is calm, cool, and collected, but the moment he enters the octagon, this MMA champion is anything but.

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Good deed ends with crash that leaves woman paralyzed

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A good friend doing a good deed ended with a paralyzing accident on Interstate 91 last weekend .   Now, family, friends, and customers of a popular pizza shop in West Springfield are stepping forward to try and do a good deed themselves.

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Proposed Springfield school renovation project in the works

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Big changes are on tap for Springfield schools this Summer. 

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Man gets caught riding with plastic dummy in the HOV lane

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"Don't be a dummy" is what State police said about one driver who was caught with a plastic passenger while driving in the HOV lane.

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City of Holyoke removes fire engine from service

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A new plan by the Holyoke Fire Commission was voted in to remove Engine 2 from service. 

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Baker: Senate GOP health plan would cause 'significant' cuts

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Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is warning the plan unveiled by GOP senators to overhaul the nation's health care law would likely result in a significant loss of funding for Massachusetts.

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Certain hummus products with pine nuts under recall for possible listeria

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Potential listeria contamination is prompting The House of Thaller to voluntarily recall certain 10-ounce packages of Hummus with Pine Nut Topping, the Food and Drug Administration said in a press release.

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Turning humid with showers and storms on the way

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Clouds and humidity will be on the increase tonight across southern New England. We will end the week hazy, hot and humid with occasional showers and thunderstorms...

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West Springfield residents voice concern after pedestrian hit on Rt. 20

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West Springfield residents are concerned for their safety after a pedestrian was hit by a car in a crosswalk Thursday morning. 

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Agawam police seek to identify card skimmer suspect

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Agawam police are asking for the public's help to identify a credit card skimming suspect.

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Boston renaming street after retired Red Sox player Ortiz

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Former Red Sox star David Ortiz is getting a street named in his honor in Boston, joining the bridge already named after him in the city.

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Overnight viaduct closures scheduled for I-291 to I-91 South

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The Mass. DOT announced that on Thursday that a section of I-291 to I-91 South in Springfield will be closed overnight for viaduct construction. 

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Buzz Around Town: Gran-Val Scoop, Granville

It's the perfect time of the year to get outside and take a trip to Granville. Better Western Mass Reporter Brittany Murphy took a trip to Gran-Val Scoop to find out more in this week's Buzz Around Town.

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Jacob asks 'What the Heck is it?'

First Warning Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff heads to the aisles of Big Y to test the knowledge of shoppers asking 'What the Heck is It?'

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Meet Peaches, a great dog looking for a good home

Meet Peaches, this week's featured four-legged friend from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center

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Six Flags New England offers variety of entertainment acts

Six Flags New England is known as the 'Thrill Capital of New England' because of their many thrilling rides.  However, the park also offers a number of entertainment acts if you want to still have fun but take a break from the rides.  

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Police search for shotgun missing from stolen police vehicle

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A Massachusetts police department is on the hunt for a missing shotgun that was taken from a stolen police vehicle.

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Stopgap budget filed as lawmakers wrestle with shortfall

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Gov. Charlie Baker is taking steps to keep state government operating if agreement cannot be reached on a new budget by July 1.

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Police rescue dog from hot car; owner given $150 citation

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Police in Massachusetts have rescued a dog that was left in a 100-degree car.

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Full text: Senate finally unveils secret health care bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017, as Senate Republicans work on a health reform bill. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017, as Senate Republicans work on a health reform bill. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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The closely guarded Senate health care bill written entirely behind closed doors finally became public Thursday in a do-or-die moment for the Republican Party's winding efforts to repeal Obamacare. Check out the full document.

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Missing teenager reported in Westfield

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Westfield police are seeking to find missing 16-year-old Amelia Meade.  

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Homeless family assigned to live in 'uninhabitable' Holyoke shelter

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A homeless family from Boston was arranged to live in a shelter 111 miles away in Holyoke. 

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Easthampton community holds vigil for still missing Jo Ringer

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It’s been three long months since Jo Ringer of Clarksburg went missing. Her abandoned car was found in Easthampton in March. Tonight, Jo's family and friends held a vigil at a park in Easthampton holding out hope for her safe return. 

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Petition calls for Dennis Rodman to be removed from Hall of Fame

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman listens during his meeting with North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il Guk Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon) Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman listens during his meeting with North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il Guk Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
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Dennis Rodman's role as self-appointed goodwill ambassador to North Korea is not earning him rave reviews.

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Four residents displaced following apartment fire in Springfield

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Springfield Fire Dept. responded to a fire at a residence on 32-34 Longhill Street tonight around 6:30 p.m.

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Motorcyclist transported after crash on Rt. 57 in Agawam

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A motorcyclist was taken to Baystate Medical Center after they got into an accident that happened on Route 57 in Agawam.

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House debates contentious overhaul of Massachusetts pot law

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The Massachusetts House of Representatives has begun debating more than 100 proposed amendments to a bill that would repeal and replace the recreational marijuana law approved by the state's voters.

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Construction traffic urges Westfield residents to take action

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Westfield residents are outraged after they've battled with the city to ban construction trucks from their streets. 

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Vigil scheduled for Clarksburg woman missing since March

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Jo Ringer of Clarksburg has been missing for almost four months.  The 39-year-old was last seen on March 2 and investigators are treating her disappearance as a homicide investigation. Family members of the missing woman and especially her 19-year-old daughter, Savanah, want answers.

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'Bob the Bike Man' makes special delivery to Springfield school

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'Bob the Bike Man' is back.  Today, he made another special delivery to a local school.

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Private well in Westfield found with high contaminant level

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Water quality in the city of Westfield continues to be a big concern as new data about private well water is released.   According to the tests, one well showed more than 12 times the health advisory level for a contaminant. Those who live near this well - located on the north side of the city - are concerned. 

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Lia Surprise Squad helps with 20th anniversary surprise

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After 20 years of marriage, Sabrena Brantley is looking to celebrate her anniversary in a special way, so she went for the "Hail Mary" and threw the nomination over to our Lia Auto Group Surprise Squad for help.

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Animal rescue experts warn drivers about turtles on the move

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A snapping turtle is on the road to recovery after it was hit by a car this week.

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Summer camp season kicks off across western Mass.

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Now that it's officially summer, parents in  western Massachusetts are getting ready to send their kids off to camp. 

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Court rejects MGM lawsuit as company competes with tribes

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MGM Resorts International has lost another round in a court fight aimed at giving it leverage against Native American tribes in Connecticut as they compete over casino customers.

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Fidget spinners named among possible summer hazards for kids

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Thinking of getting your kid the wildly popular fidget spinner? A consumer watchdog group is warning parents to think again.

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Enjoy summer treats and family fun at Six Flags New England

A great combination requires healthy smoothies and some nice BBQ. Chris Trish and Jen McGrath of Six Flags joined Better Western Mass this week to show us their special treats.

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Find the perfect summer dress that's fit for you

The summer time means it's time for you to find the perfect sun dress. Fashion Expert Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass for the latest tips on how to find the dress that's fit for you.

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How to get easy summer hairstyles

It's that time of the year when you want to keep cool and still look stylish during the summer months. Brush Salon in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass this week to give us the tips and tricks for how to achieve your summer look.

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Police investigating after pedestrian struck by car in West Springfield

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Emergency crews are on-scene after a pedestrian was struck by a car in West Springfield.

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Marijuana debate shifts to Senate after House OKs overhaul

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The debate over the future of Massachusetts' recreational marijuana law has shifted to the state Senate.

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