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Parents of Florida school shooting victim paint mural in his memory

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The parents of a Parkland, Florida shooting victim appeared in Springfield Friday. 

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North Korea says it has suspended nuclear, missile testing

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North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. More>>

FAA orders more engine inspections after Southwest accident Video included

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The manufacturer of the jet engine involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines accident Tuesday wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems. More>>

Chicopee PD seek to identify suspects accused of using stolen credit card

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Chicopee police are asking for the public's help to identify five suspects involved in a larceny scheme using a stolen credit card from Northampton. 

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Leak crackdown talk yields rare Comey, Trump agreement Video included

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President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

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Democrats file suit alleging Russia, Trump campaign, WikiLeaks conspired to interfere in 2016 campaign

The Democratic National Committee is suing the Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and several relatives and associates of President Donald Trump alleging a grand conspiracy that harmed Democrats... More>>

TJO searching for owner of three starved dogs

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Officials are looking for information after several dogs that appear to be starved were found.

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Fundraising efforts underway for September 11 memorial in Springfield

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A tribute to the first responders who died in the September 11 attacks is coming to fruition in Springfield. 

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'Smallville' actress accused of recruiting women to be sex slaves, prosecutors say

Allison Mack attends the FX Summer Comedies Party at Lure on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP) Allison Mack attends the FX Summer Comedies Party at Lure on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
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Federal prosecutors say a television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves.

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Deadline looms for Puerto Rican families to find permanent housing

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There's a breadth of uncertainty as hurricane victims prepare for the next step in their journey.

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Desktop computers are staging a comeback

Believe it or not, desktop computer sales are surging for the first time in years.  Experts are saying it may be better to work primarily on these stationary devices.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Homicide victims remembrance event set for next week

Baystate Children's Hospital is putting on an annual event called 'Standing Together, Never Forgotten', supporting those who have lost their loved ones.  The Family Advocacy Center holds this event to honor those who have fallen victim to violence.  Gina O'Neill joined Better Western Mass to tell us about this year's event.

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Holyoke restaurant owner speaks out after woman claims gender discrimination

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Western Mass News has an update to a story we first brought you earlier this month. 

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Explore nature at the Springfield Museums for Earth Day

In this week's Zip Trip, Chris takes us to the Springfield Museums to learn more about some great exhibits they have on display, which we are perfect for Earth Day

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'The Future Begins Here' gala returns this May

Local brews, fine dining, and a silent auction are all part of a gala being held in Holyoke to benefit a great cause.  'The Future Begins Here' gala is entering its 27th year, supporting the children of the Pioneer Valley.  Geraldine Page from the Therapeutic Equestrian Center and Chef John Reeser joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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CHD to open new wellness facility in Greenfield

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A recent study said that opioid prescriptions dropped 10 percent at retail pharmacies in 2017.  While the news is promising in the fight against the opioid epidemic, a new wellness center in Greenfield is helping patients in their fight.

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CDC: Don't eat any romaine lettuce

Chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, area is thought to be the source of the outbreak. (Photo: BW Folsom/Shutterstock) Chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, area is thought to be the source of the outbreak. (Photo: BW Folsom/Shutterstock)
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The number of people hospitalized due to an E. coli outbreak in multiple states continues to grow.

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Deerfield students walk-out to protest gun violence on Columbine anniversary

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Students across the country demonstrated Friday in observance of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings.

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Restaurant Week begins in Springfield

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Restaurant Week 2018 got underway Friday in Springfield and it's sure to attract foodies from all over the region.

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Crews battling truck fire on Switzer Ave. in Springfield

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Authorities are investigating a truck fire that broke out Friday afternoon.

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First Warning Weather

A cool start to the weekend with a gradual warm-up

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Temperatures remain below normal going into the weekend, but with a ton of April sunshine on the way, we will have some nice afternoons here in western mass! Temps get back to normal early next week for a few days...

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Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger to retire

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Holyoke's top cop will soon be retiring.

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Student wounded in shooting at Florida high school, authorities say

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At least one person was injured and a suspect is in custody Friday after a shooting at a high school in Ocala, Florida, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office. 

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DJ and EDM artist Avicii has been found dead

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Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world and also had massive success on U.S. pop radio, died Friday. He was 28.

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Bernardston man arrested on sixth OUI offense

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A Franklin County man is under arrest, accused of driving under the influence for a sixth time.

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Wayfair follows Amazon with its own made-up holiday: Way Day

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Wayfair follows Amazon with its own made-up holiday: Way Day. More>>

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections Video included

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The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

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Two Florida deputies killed by gunman while eating at a restaurant

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Two deputies were killed at a restaurant in Florida by a shooter who fired through a window.

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Southwest gives $5,000 checks to passengers on Flight 1380

The National Transportation Safety Board is onsite inspecting a Southwest airline plane after engine failure caused the plane to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. (@NTSB_Newsroom/Twitter) The National Transportation Safety Board is onsite inspecting a Southwest airline plane after engine failure caused the plane to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. (@NTSB_Newsroom/Twitter)
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Some passengers aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 received a $5,000 check after a deadly engine failure that led to an emergency landing in Philadelphia. 

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Police: Chicopee man made false 911 calls, caused disturbance

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A Chicopee man is under arrest after allegedly causing a disturbance after making false 911 calls.

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Mom: Preschool's ban of the term 'best friend' is silly

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A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term "best friend."

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Longtime 'Voice of the Patriots' Gil Santos passes away

Former New England Patriot announcer Gil Santos outside the Patriot's Hall of Fame prior to an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Former New England Patriot announcer Gil Santos outside the Patriot's Hall of Fame prior to an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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We have some sad Patriots news to pass along.  Former longtime play-by-play announcer Gil Santos has died at age 80.

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Files show rising alarm in Prince's circle as health failed Video included

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A two-year probe into the overdose death of music superstar Prince is reaching a critical stage as a county prosecutor reveals whether criminal charges will be filed.

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When is the best time to watch the Lyrid meteor shower this weekend?

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Want to go to a spectacular light show this weekend? All you need to do is look up!

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Senators staff to talk with Puerto Rican families about housing deadline

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Concern Thursday night for many Puerto Rican families whose federal funding for temporary housing runs out on Friday. 

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Sen. Lesser speaks at Tech Foundry graduation

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Tech Foundry held a graduation ceremony Thursday night for students who completed a program to develop computer science and IT skills. 

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Local students prepare for walkout on anniversary of Columbine

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Friday marks 19 years since two students killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado.

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Construction to take place soon at busy Springfield intersection

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A busy intersection in Springfield is getting a makeover. Six corners has caused traffic headaches for years, but thanks to grant funding the city is constructing a roundabout to ease the flow.

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EVERYDAY PEOPLE

Retired teacher makes an impact on Link to Libraries

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Link to Libraries is a local nonprofit, enhancing the language and literacy skills of kids across western Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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Allergy season starting to ramp up

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There are finally some more seasonable temperatures are headed our way this weekend.

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School resource officers head back to class for specialized training

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Dozens of officers are breaking out their pencils and notebooks this week.

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UMass announces death of first year student

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Officials at UMass Amherst have announced that a first year student has died.

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Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria call on officials for more aid

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For those displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, tomorrow could be the last day that FEMA housing assistance will exist.

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Meet Spot, a great dog looking for a good forever home!

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

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Gillette Stadium to host Monster Energy Supercross this weekend

If you are looking to get out town with this kids this weekend and do something exciting, there's a famous motocross show coming to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  Justin Bracia joined Better Western Mass to talk about the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Championship.

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Crews quickly extinguish small fire at Chicopee apartment building

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Chicopee fire crews quickly extinguished a small kitchen fire at the Canterbury Arms apartments overnight.

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Police investigating crash along Fuller Rd. in Chicopee

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Police are investigating a one-car crash that occurred last Wednesday night.

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Springfield Police looking for alleged wallet thief

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Springfield Police are looking for your help in identifying a woman who is accused of stealing a wallet.

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  • Natalie Portman addresses snub of 'Jewish Nobel,' backlash

    Natalie Portman addresses snub of 'Jewish Nobel,' backlash

    Friday, April 20 2018 9:24 PM EDT2018-04-21 01:24:56 GMT
    Genesis Prize foundation says this year's winner, Natalie Portman, has pulled out of June ceremony in Israel.More >>
    Genesis Prize foundation says this year's winner, Natalie Portman, has pulled out of June ceremony in Israel.More >>
  • High holiday: Pot fans join 420 smoke-out in San Francisco

    High holiday: Pot fans join 420 smoke-out in San Francisco

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    (AP Photo/Josh Edelson). Kenny Boynton smokes a joint  San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, April 20, 2018.  Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts flocked to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for the annual April 20 celebration of cannabis that culminated wit...(AP Photo/Josh Edelson). Kenny Boynton smokes a joint San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, April 20, 2018. Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts flocked to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for the annual April 20 celebration of cannabis that culminated wit...
    Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts flocked to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for the annual April 20 high holiday that culminated with the crowd sparking up at 4:20 p.m.More >>
    Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts flocked to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for the annual April 20 high holiday that culminated with the crowd sparking up at 4:20 p.m.More >>
  • Judge: Trump lawyer must make sworn statement to slow suit

    Judge: Trump lawyer must make sworn statement to slow suit

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    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file). FILE - In this April 16, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels speaks outside federal court in New York. A federal judge is set to hear arguments about whether to delay the case of Daniels, who claims she h...(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file). FILE - In this April 16, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels speaks outside federal court in New York. A federal judge is set to hear arguments about whether to delay the case of Daniels, who claims she h...
    President Donald Trump's lawyer, whose office was raided by the FBI last week, is seeking to delay a court case brought by a porn actress who claims she had an affair with the president.More >>
    President Donald Trump's lawyer, whose office was raided by the FBI last week, is seeking to delay a court case brought by a porn actress who claims she had an affair with the president.More >>

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