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Child's body recovered from river in Russell after apparent drowning

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Police said a child's body was recovered from the Westfield River underneath the Main Street Bridge in Russell Wednesday afternoon. 

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Schedule of fireworks displays across the area

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Summertime means fun in the sun during the day and fireworks displays at night.

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Driver killed in gas tanker rollover on I-91 in Whately

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State Police said the driver of the gas tanker that rolled over on I-91 in Whately on Wednesday was killed in the accident. 

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FDA reconsiders added sugar label for maple syrup, honey

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Maple syrup producers had rallied against the plan, saying the nutrition labels updates were misleading, illogical and confusing and could hurt their industries.

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Three Holyoke men indicted for heroin, crack cocaine distribution charges

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A months-long investigation resulted in the arrests of three Holyoke men who were indicted on heroin and crack cocaine distribution charges in Springfield federal court on Wednesday. 

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Crews extinguish attic fire at Holy Cross Church in Springfield

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Dennis Leger, aide to Springfield's fire commissioner, told Western Mass News that firefighters were called to Holy Cross Church on Plumtree Road just before 5 p.m. for a report of an attic fire.

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Local professor discusses president's 'zero tolerance' border policy

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President Donald Trump took action today, signing an executive order that will allow migrant families to be detained together. The president reversed a policy that had separated migrant children from their parents after they illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday marijuana will be legal nationwide on October 17.

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Nice start to summer, but unsettled 1st weekend Video included

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So long Spring; Hello Summer! We've got some clouds and a few showers near and south of the CT border tonight, then the sun returns for Thursday. It's a nice end to the week, but we are tracking rain for the weekend...

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Lia Surprise Squad gives back to local artist

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A talented Springfield artist is thriving.  Her art even getting picked up by celebrities like rapper T.L. However, it's her commitment to family values that's drawing in our Surprise Squad. 

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Court hearings continue for PVTA bus stabbing suspect

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A woman charged in a knife attack aboard a PVTA bus appeared before a judge at Eastern Hampshire District Court on Wednesday. 

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Dozens of W.Mass immigrants, residents rally for immigration rights in Boston

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Over two dozen immigrants and residents from western Massachusetts went to the State House Wednesday morning to rally for immigrants rights. 

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Man accused of killing wife, daughter in 1995 now facing charges in CT

Robert Honsch is guilty of killing his wife, and now faces a murder charge in his daughter's death (WSHM file/New Britain PD) Robert Honsch is guilty of killing his wife, and now faces a murder charge in his daughter's death (WSHM file/New Britain PD)
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A man accused of killing his daughter and wife in 1995 is now being charged with murder by New Britain police.

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State Police cite driver on I-91 for unsecured load

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Authorities are reminding motorists to make sure their cargo is properly secure following an incident Wednesday.

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Local residents react to President Trump's 'zero tolerance' border policy

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President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will allow families to be detained together, instead of pulling children away from their parents at the border. This comes just days after Trump said only Congress could end family separations.

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Preps underway to move portion of former Yankee Pedlar Inn

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A giant piece of Holyoke history will roll down city streets this weekend.

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Airlines ask US not to put migrant children on flights

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American Airlines, United Airlines, and Frontier Airlines have asked the US government to not use their planes to transport undocumented migrant children who have been separated from their families.

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Trump reverses course, signs order to keep families together

Watched by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (L) and Vice President Mike Pence, US President Donald Trump holds an executive order on immigration which he just signed in the Oval Office of the White House on June 20, 2018 (MANDEL NGAN/Getty) Watched by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (L) and Vice President Mike Pence, US President Donald Trump holds an executive order on immigration which he just signed in the Oval Office of the White House on June 20, 2018 (MANDEL NGAN/Getty)
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed his debunked argument that he had no authority to stop separations of undocumented immigrant families at the border, signing an executive order to keep parents and kids together.

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Northampton Police issue reminder after string of bike thefts

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Northampton police are issuing a reminder after a rash of bicycle thefts these past few weeks.

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Former MLB pitcher raising awareness of sun exposure

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A retired MLB pitcher is enjoying day-to-day life at his Wilbraham business nearly two decades after being diagnosed with skin cancer. Today, he makes it his mission to encourage young athletes to learn from his mistake and protect themselves from the sun now before it's too late.

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Longmeadow Police seek parrot's owner

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Police in one Hampden County town are looking for your help locating the owner of a parrot.

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Activists flood Statehouse to protest family separations

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Hundreds of activists have flooded the halls of the Massachusetts Statehouse to protest the Trump administration policy of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally.

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MGM Springfield holding final hiring event this weekend

Springfield is very close to seeing the new MGM resort and casino opening this August.  There are still plenty of jobs available, so if you're looking to work somewhere new, MGM is holding an upcoming hiring event.  Jason Randall, human resources director with MGM Springfield, joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Cold Icee-float can provide some cool relief at Six Flags

Chris heads to Six Flags New England to check out a new, sweet, and cool treat that's perfect for a hot day at the park.

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Ways to style your hair using dry shampoo

It's a must-have product in every bathroom.  Dry shampoo is gaining popularity over the last few years and Jordyn Jagolinzer went to Brush to learn more on the benefits of this quick hair fix.

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Homeland Security drafts plan to end family separation

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is drafting an executive action for President Donald Trump that would direct DHS to keep families apprehended at the border together during detention.

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Deal struck on family leave, sales tax, $15 minimum wage

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A compromise has emerged at the Statehouse that could keep three potential questions off the Massachusetts ballot in November.

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Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah' Video included

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A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah."

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Police investigating unattended death at UMass Amherst

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Authorities are investigating an unattended death on the UMass Amherst campus.

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Southwick PD look to identify 2 shoplifting suspects

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Southwick police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a pair of shoplifting suspects. Police said in a post to Facebook Wednesday morning that there have been “a string of shoplifting incidents” reported by Big Y in town.

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Caught on camera: jogger fights off kidnapping attempt

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Police say a Massachusetts woman fought off a man who sexually assaulted her and tried to drag her into his vehicle while she was out for a jog.

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12-year-old girl killed herself because of relentless bullying, lawsuit says

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The parents of a young girl who committed suicide are now suing her school.

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Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council Video included

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The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution. More>>

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Residents take bus to Boston for immigration rally

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On Wednesday afternoon many will rally on the steps of the Statehouse, urging lawmakers to better protect undocumented immigrants in the Commonwealth. This includes a group of western Mass residents, who will be leaving Wednesday morning to be there In support.

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Springfield PD: 1 Person injured in Burr Street shooting

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Springfield police say one person was transported to the hospital after responding to a ShotSpotter activation on Burr Street Tuesday night. 

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Neighborhood council holds public safety meeting following Page Blvd. investigation

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Weeks after the bodies of three women were discovered in and around a home on Page Boulevard in Springfield, people who live in that neighborhood are still concerned.

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Local leaders weigh-in on family separation at U.S.-Mexico border

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Thousands of children have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border since early April, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions introduced a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for illegal entry into the United States. 

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Lawsuit: Ex-Senate president understood risk posed by spouse

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A civil lawsuit is alleging former Senate President Stan Rosenberg knew his estranged husband Bryon Hefner posed a risk to individuals at the Massachusetts Statehouse and Rosenberg and Hefner had an agreement or understanding allowing Hefner access to those individuals.

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Officials warn of mulch placement following Chicopee house fire

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Investigators believe mulch that caught fire last week was the reason a home in Chicopee is now unlivable.

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Springfield Police conduct 'park and walk' sweep of Forest Park neighborhood

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Springfield Police made the rounds through the Forest Park neighborhood on Tuesday, in an effort to clean it up and make the area safer.

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Jury finds Baystate Medical Practices wrongfully terminated doctor

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A jury has found that Baystate Medical Practices wrongfully terminated a former doctor because of a condition he has.

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Diocese of Springfield names new superintendent of schools

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has a new leader for their school system.

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Agawam police seek to identify suspect in larceny, identity theft case

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Agawam police are asking the public's help to identify a person of interest.

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Friendly's in Ludlow closes its doors

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There's one less place to grab a burger and ice cream in Ludlow after Friendly's closes their doors there.

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East Longmeadow teaming up with the state to track mosquitoes

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Today's heat followed by yesterday's rain means mosquitoes are out in abundance.

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Residents rescued from Springfield apartment building fire

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Springfield firefighters were called to a two-alarm fire at an apartment building on Mulberry Street Tuesday morning. 

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PD: Woman assaulted during Springfield home invasion

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Police are investigating an early afternoon home invasion in Springfield.

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Springfield Police looking for teen missing since March

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Authorities are looking for your help in locating a missing teenager.

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Flooding forces dozens from Springfield building

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Dozens of people have been forced from a Springfield apartment building following Monday night’s storm.

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New study to examine water quality of the Conn. River

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A unique study began Tuesday on the Connecticut River in Franklin County to determine how much Massachusetts may contribute to poor water quality in Connecticut's Long Island Sound.

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Fixing wooden serving board imperfections

Chris visits Woodcraft in West Springfield to show us how to fix those imperfections in your wooden serving boards

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