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Pittsfield Police investigate the death of two residents

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The deaths of two Pittsfield residents are being investigated by the Pittsfield Police Dept. following a wellbeing check at their home this afternoon. 

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No Russia collusion, 'nothing to hide,' Kushner tells Senate Video included

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The president's son-in-law has attracted attention for a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat.

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Dreary, cool weather continues through Tuesday morning Video included

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A few showers and patchy drizzle will linger across western Mass tonight. Skies remain cloudy and a northeasterly breeze will keep us cool through Tuesday morning. Our weather begins to improve by the the afternoon...

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Woman transported to the hospital after tree falls on her in East Longmeadow

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A 49 year old woman from Hadley had to be transported to the hospital with serious injuries this afternoon after a tree fell on her in East Longmeadow. 

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Bush’s Baked Beans recalled over defective cans

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Bush Brothers and Company is recalling three varieties of baked beans due to defective side seams on the cans. 

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Victim of Chicopee armed robbery speaks out

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Police in Chicopee are searching for the man who they said robbed a woman while she was working an overnight shift this morning.

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Groundbreaking held for new indoor shooting range in West Springfield

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West Springfield will soon be home to a new indoor firearm and bow range. 

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Court: Officials can't detain immigrants without charges

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The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that state court officers do not have the authority to detain people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally at the request of federal immigration officials if that person is not facing criminal charges. 

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Local lawmaker exploring idea of 'snow day' bill

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Rhode Island's governor has just signed a so-called "snow day" bill.  Under the new legislation, school districts can choose to have their students learn at home with a pre-designed lesson plan when school is canceled for bad weather.   That day is counted as an actual school day. The idea is to give students work to do at home during snow days and those days will not be tacked on to the end of the school year.

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What each state hates the most

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A new popular app which matches people by what they don't like, 'Hater', has released what Americans despise the most. 

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Downed tree blocking portion of Maynard Rd. in Wilbraham

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A tree is down across a road in Wilbraham and police say it's preventing traffic from getting by.

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Boston Bruins helping kids finish their summer reading

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Keeping children engaged with learning during vacation has been summer tradition.   Storrs Library in Longmeadow is keeping the effort going with a twist and some special help from a Bruin. Blades, the Boston Bruins mascot, paid a visit to the library to keep the kids motivated for this final stretch of summer.

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Longmeadow Police searching for missing 18-year-old girl

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Longmeadow Police are requesting the public’s help in finding a missing 18 year old girl that hasn’t been seen since Sunday at around 5:45 pm. 

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Police: Chicopee home invasion suspects hit woman with children upstairs

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Two home invasion suspects are being sought by the Chicopee Police Department after a woman was assaulted during the break-in while 2 children were upstairs. 

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Agawam neighborhood frustrated over street flooding

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Today's heavy rains have an Agawam neighborhood standing knee deep in frustration and demanding town officials take action.

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Therapeutic program available for those with early signs of memory loss

There is a new local program for patients with early signs of Alzheimer's.  Beth Cardillo, executive director at Armbrook Village, joined Better Western Mass to explain more.

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West Springfield police chase down B&E suspect wanted on 2 warrants

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Police in West Springfield say they've finally been able to capture a man they've chased before...

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Driver accused in Chicopee crash appears in court

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A Connecticut man accused of driving 100 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone has appeared in court.

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Caring for your plants while you're away

You may be heading out for a long weekend or vacation, but you want to come home to healthy, happy plants.  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow joined Better Western Mass to give us some tips for caring for your plants while you're away.

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Monday marks National Tequila Day!

Monday marked National Tequila Day!  Jeff Lockwood from On The Border in West Springfield joined Better Western Mass to show some great foods to pair with a tasty margarita.

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Rainy day ideas for the kids

On a rainy, dreary day like Monday, you may be looking for things to do with the kids.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to tell us more

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Knowing your blood type could help you lose weight

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Diet fads come and go, but at least one diet has lasted for more than 25 years on the New York Times bestseller list. 

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Officers shoot man armed with pellet gun

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Massachusetts police responding to a domestic violence report have shot and killed a man wielding what turned out to be a pellet gun.

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Gas prices in Massachusetts up 3 cents this week

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Gas prices in Massachusetts are up by three cents. AAA Northeast said Monday that the price of self-serve, regular is averaging $2.21 per gallon.

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Trial set for fmr. Barre tax collector accused of stealing from town

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A Massachusetts town's former tax collector, indicted nearly four years ago on charges that she stole more than $300,000 of the town's money to sustain a gambling habit, faces trial this fall.

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10-year-old girl struck, killed on Mass. Pike

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A 10-year-old girl has been struck and killed by a vehicle after getting out of a car that had pulled over on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

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More construction planned for I-91 viaduct this week in Springfield

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This means additional road and ramp closures starting as soon as Monday...

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Chicopee police investigate armed robbery

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Chicopee police are currently investigating an armed robbery that happened early this morning on McKinstry Avenue. 

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Man with chainsaw injures several in Switzerland

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Police say that a man who wounded several people in the northern city of Schaffhausen was armed with a chainsaw.

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Blood type diet is no fad, doctor says

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How well we absorb or digest the foods we eat, differs with each blood type. 

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The Latest: USS Constitution returns to water after repairs

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The world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat has returned to Boston's waters. The USS Constitution was undocked Sunday night at the peak of high tide following two years of restoration work. "Old Ironsides" enters dry dock about every 20 years for below-the-waterline repairs. The dry dock at the historic Charlestown Navy Yard was flooded late Sunday, and the ship was slowl...

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9 die in immigrant-smuggling attempt in sweltering truck Video included

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Eight people have been found dead in a tractor-trailer outside a Walmart in Texas in what police are calling a tragic human trafficking case.

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Police and arson squad investigate living room fire

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Fire Officials say the fire was set in the living room.

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Car caught on fire along I-91 North in Longmeadow

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Travelers along I-91 North on the Longmeadow curve may have experienced some delays after a car caught on fire Saturday. 

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State Police: Driver who crashed in Pelham was texting

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State Police said they found illegal fireworks and illegal drugs in the driver's pickup truck.

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Holyoke man shot multiple times in critical condition

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Police say he was brought to the hospital by a friend...

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Driver critical after high speed crash at K-Mart Plaza in Holyoke

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The driver crashed into a loading dock at the K-Mart Plaza in Holyoke Friday night.... 

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Indian Motorcycle Day draws in large crowd to Springfield

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It’s back for the 8th year in a row…Indian Motorcycle Day!

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Ohio cheerleader accused of burying baby alive in backyard

(FOX19 NOW/Michael Buckingham via AP). Brooke Skylar Richardson makes her first court appearance in Franklin Municipal Court in Franklin, Ohio on Friday, July 21, 2017. Richardson is charged with reckless homicide in a baby's death. (FOX19 NOW/Michael Buckingham via AP). Brooke Skylar Richardson makes her first court appearance in Franklin Municipal Court in Franklin, Ohio on Friday, July 21, 2017. Richardson is charged with reckless homicide in a baby's death.
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An 18-year-old Ohio woman is accused of burying an infant alive outside her family's home.

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Massive fire near apartment complex in Waltham, MA

Developing news this morning out of Waltham, Massachusetts after a massive fire spread to multiple buildings.  Watch video for the latest details. 

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Car strikes pole leaving driver pinned, firefighters make rescue

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Firefighters had to rescue a driver after her legs became pinned following a car crash on Dwight Road in Springfield Saturday night.

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Veterans and first responders honored during parade in Southwick

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People in Southwick and surrounding towns lined the streets this afternoon for a parade to honor first responders and veterans.

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Dunbar community center receives dedication ceremony

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A community center that has served the city of Springfield for centuries was celebrated on Saturday.

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Springfield community attended event to stop violence

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The Springfield community came together in continuing support to fight against violence in the city. 

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Marine group disentangles humpback whale off Cape Cod

A marine conservation group says it has disentangled a young humpback whale off Cape Cod. More>>

Driver cited after crashing into pole in Chicopee

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Chicopee Police had to close a portion of New Lombard Road Friday night after a car crashed into a utility pole. 

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North Adams man arrested for allegedly crashing stolen car in VT

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A 33-year-old North Adams man faces a slew of charges after he allegedly crashed a stolen car in Vermont on Friday. 

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Man struck and killed by garbage truck in Ware identified

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The Northwestern District Attorney's office has identified the man who was struck and killed by a garbage truck in Ware. 

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