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Man charged with the murder of Lisa Ziegert to appear in court

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The man authorities say is responsible for a 25-year-old murder mystery will face a judge for the first time today. It was yesterday, when police announced they had arrested Gary Schara of West Springfield in relation to the death of Lisa Ziegert of Agawam.

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Trump, the 'America First' president, goes to the UN Video included

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The president was expected to stand before world leaders and a global audience and declare that U.N. members, acting as a collection of self-interested nations, should unite to confront global dangers, according to aides previewing his speech.

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Report: New England losing 65 acres of forestland per day

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New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day - a loss that comes at a time when public funding for preservation of open land has also been on the decline.

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Retired Marine's bike trip leads to $200K lottery win

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A retired Marine's bike trip down the East Coast now has a lasting memory thanks to an unscheduled stop in North Carolina.

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Pittsfield robbery suspect 'in a bad place,' turns himself in

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A guilty conscience apparently got the better of a Massachusetts robbery suspect who turned himself in just hours after allegedly stealing $50 from a convenience store.

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West Springfield crews respond following rollercoaster incident at Big E

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West Springfield crew responded to the Big E earlier today following an incident on a rollercoaster.

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Community reacts to arrest of suspect in Lisa Ziegert case

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The Ziegert family and the community of Agawam are breathing a heavy sigh of relief after today’s news. 

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Palmer woman's search for her birth parents comes to an end

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A Palmer woman's long search for one of her birth parents comes to an end. Just about a year ago, Western Mass News brought you the story of Kathleen O'Shea. More than 26 years ago, when she was just 10 days old, her mother left her in a bathroom at Baystate Medical Center. Sunday, she met her birth father for the very first time. It's a journey that began more than a year ago. Kathleen worked through C.C. Morris of DNA Detectives who was able to contact fami...

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West Springfield Police on proper protocol for rescuing a dog in a hot car

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If you come across a dog left behind in a car and find yourself wanting to smash out the window coming to the rescue, you may want to think again. 

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Arrest made in 1992 murder of Agawam woman

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An arrest has been in made in the decades-old murder case of an Agawam woman.

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Eversource crews dispatched to islands in preparation for Hurricane Jose

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As Hurricane Jose moves towards New England, this storm brings with it high winds and rough seas.

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Original oak trees to be removed outside Forbes Library

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A Northampton library is saying goodbye to nearly a dozen of it's outdoor landmarks: large oak trees that line the edges of the historic Forbes Library. 

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Charter bus barrels into NYC bus, killing 3 and injuring 16

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A charter bus owned by a company with a record of safety problems barreled through an intersection, slammed into a city bus and then plowed across a sidewalk and into a building Monday, killing three people.

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Police respond to accidental death in Amherst

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Amherst Police, along with UMass law enforcement, are off to a busy start to the school year as they investigate an accidental death just off campus over the weekend.

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Details emerge about suspect in Lisa Ziegert's murder

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We're learning more about Gary Schara, a graduate of Longmeadow High School and most recently, a resident of West Springfield.

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Spicer suggests critics of Emmy appearance should lighten up

Sean Spicer speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Sean Spicer speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Sean Spicer says his surprise Emmy Awards appearance was a chance to have some fun and suggested that people who were upset by it were taking things too seriously.

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MGM Resorts reveals its plan to put a casino in Bridgeport Video included

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MGM Resorts International announced plans on Monday for the development of MGM Bridgeport, which will be built at Steelpointe Harbor in Bridgeport.

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Gas prices in Massachusetts down 5 cents this week

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The price of gas in Massachusetts is down five cents this week.

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Starting your day with a morning matcha smoothie

If you are looking to transition from morning coffee to something a bit more healthy and light, then we have a treat for you.  Sean Condon, better known as Mr. Tea, joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make a morning matcha smoothie.

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National Cheeseburger Day is today!

Looking for a dinner idea?  Why not grab a burger because it's National Cheeseburger Day.  Mick Corduff, executive chef at The Log Cabin and Delaney House, joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Monday is Salute to West Springfield Day at The Big E

The Big E rolls on in West Springfield and Monday marks Salute to West Springfield Day at the fair.

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Charlton school district mourns after teacher death

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A Massachusetts school district is in mourning following the death of a teacher and former administrator, killed while out riding his bicycle.

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3 Massachusetts officers injured during pursuit

Three Massachusetts police officers have been injured while pursuing a man they say at one point sped the wrong way down a one-way street.

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Police pursuit in Wilbraham ends with one in custody, another on the loose

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A vehicle pursuit for the suspects police believe to be involved in a shooting in Springfield, ended in Wilbraham earlier this morning. 

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