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Thanksgiving Eve to be one of the busiest nights for bars

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As the final preparations are underway for Thanksgiving, many people are out at the local bars and police are out patrolling. 

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Volunteers prepare to serve thousands of Thanksgiving meals

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As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, the Chicopee Knights of Columbus are preparing the biggest dinner around. 

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Opening times for stores on Black Friday

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After the Thanksgiving feast is eaten, the pies put away, and the dishes are washed, many will hit malls and stores across the area and the country to capture some deals as they begin their holiday gift shopping.

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Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

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Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among the doctor's victims.

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Pro-Roy Moore group fundraises off Trump's near endorsement Video included

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Trump, who won election despite facing more than a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct himself, is discounting accusations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, telling voters not to support his "liberal" rival.

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Poll: Many want to avoid political talk this Thanksgiving

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A poll shows more than a third of Americans dread the prospect of political talk over Thanksgiving. More>>

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A sunny, cold Thanksgiving on the way Video included

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Drying out and getting colder thanks to a gusty northwest wind this evening! Temps dip into the low 20s by morning, then we have a dry, chilly Thanksgiving on the way! The remainder of the holiday weekend...

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Bright Nights 2017 kicks off in Forest Park

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The holiday spirit is in full swing in western Mass. An annual holiday tradition has just opened in Springfield's Forest Park. 

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Longmeadow woman organizes turkey drive for families in need

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A Longmeadow woman organized a turkey donation drive for Springfield families in need. Hundreds of people wouldn't have received one without it, after funding was cut from the open pantry services. 

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Special cheer squad at Chicopee Comp for Thanksgiving game

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Thanksgiving Day is a day to spend with loved ones. It’s also a day to watch football and cheer for the hometown team.

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Driving safe while traveling on Thanksgiving Eve

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The holiday hustle on the roads is in full swing. As 51 million Americans travel this holiday, drivers may have some headaches along the way. 

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Lia Surprise Squad makes Thanksgiving donation for those in need

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Last Thanksgiving, our Western Mass News and Lia Auto Group Surprise Squad donated 20 pounds of food and more than 20 turkeys to The Gray House in Springfield.  This year, we decided to keep the tradition going.

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Union Station braces for busy holiday weekend

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It's a busy travel weekend everywhere and that includes Springfield's newly opened Union Station.  In anticipation of an influx of thousands of travelers through Union Station this Thanksgiving holiday, extra buses are being called in, as well as increased security.

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Mayflower Marathon raises over $127K for Open Pantry

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The 25th annual Mayflower Marathon wrapped up Wednesday morning at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Traffic heavy as travelers head out for Thanksgiving

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It's a mad dash to get home for the holidays.  The traffic is in full swing in western Massachusetts and beyond.  The countdown to Thanksgiving is on and that means the roads are packed and you can bank on spending some time in traffic.

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Chicopee teams preparing for 2017 Sword Game

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The Chicopee Comp - Chicopee High rivalry is a tale as old as time and once a year, the community is split right down the middle for the Sword Game.  Winner takes bragging rights and the trophy for the year.

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Holyoke City Council approves fines in connection to panhandling issue

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Holyoke City Council once again addressed panhandling Tuesday night deciding to adopt one of the four ordinances that were up for consideration.

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Woman charged with arson following deadly Springfield fire

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A Springfield woman is facing charges related to a fire that killed one person.

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CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations

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"CBS This Morning" will be without one of its hosts Tuesday after the network suspended Charlie Rose over sexual misconduct allegations leveled against the veteran newsman. More>>

Check out these gifts designed for kids in mind

If you need help buying gifts for kids this year, Better Western Mass has you covered. Check out awesome and creative toys by pressing play on the clip above.

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Celebrate the holidays with champagne

It's the most wonderful time to pop open a bottle of champagne. Find out what kind we tried out with Table and Vine this week on Wine Down Wednesday.

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Father creates comic book character with Down syndrome after son's diagnosis

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Wichita dad Chip Reece has a booth at the Air Capitol Comic Con with his son.

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The best toys to buy for the holidays

On this week's edition of Toy Insider, Better Western Mass takes a look at the best toys you'll want to buy this holiday season. Watch the clip above to find out more.

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Essential items you need for Black Friday

This week on Better Western Mass we have shopping essentials you need for Black Friday. Find out more by watching the clip above.

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Springfield police seek to identify armed robbery suspects

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Springfield police are asking for the public’s help to identify two suspects involved in an armed robbery at a gas station in September.

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Attempted package theft suspect wanted by Chicopee police

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It’s that time of the year when thieves are looking for a perfect opportunity to steal a package off your front steps or porch.

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Springfield police looking to identify TV theft suspect

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The Springfield Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify a TV theft suspect.

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Springfield couple sentenced to prison for operating prostitution ring

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Authorities are continuing their efforts to crack down on those responsible for sex trafficking in the Commonwealth. 

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Police: Man arrested for third OUI after causing accident in Chicopee

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A West Springfield man was arrested on his third OUI after causing an accident in Chicopee Tuesday night, according to police.  

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Springfield man arrested on breaking and entering charges

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A Springfield man is under arrest, accused of several recent break-ins.

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Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkeys Drumstick and Wishbone Video included

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President Donald Trump is using his pardon power to keep a pair of turkeys from the Thanksgiving roaster. More>>

All lanes reopened on I-91 in Springfield after accident caused major backups

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An accident involving a car and a tractor trailer is causing major backups along I-91 South in Springfield this morning.

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Navy plane carrying 11 crashes into Pacific Ocean; 8 rescued

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An aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean Wednesday while on the way to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, 

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10-year-old Springfield girl with rare syndrome goes home for the holidays

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A happy homecoming for a Springfield girl who spent nearly four months in the hospital. 

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How to have success shopping this Black Friday

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Before the turkey is cold, shoppers head out for steals and deals on Thanksgiving night. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have savvy customers ready to stock up on those under-the-tree essentials.

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US slaps new sanctions on North Korean, Chinese companies

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The Trump administration is due to announce new sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism. More>>

Uber covered up cyberattack that exposed data of 57 million users

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Hackers accessed millions of Uber users' personal information last year, and the company did not report it until Tuesday.

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Neighbors react to Springfield apartment fire that killed a woman

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A fire on Quincy Street in Springfield yesterday afternoon killed a woman inside and sent another to the hospital. 

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Two bus stops added near UP Academy after child is struck by car

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New bus stops were added in Springfield today to keep kids off the streets. The move comes a day after an 11-year-old girl was hit by a car while walking to school.

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How to make sure your Thanksgiving isn't a pain in the drain

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Thanksgiving means family gatherings, football and a whole lot of food. It also makes for a busy week for plumbers. 

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Thanksgiving holiday getaway now underway

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Today marks one of the busiest travel days before Thanksgiving. Millions are making their way through the highways nationwide.

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Guatemalan immigrant who has taken refuge in Amherst hopeful about his future

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For the past month, the Amherst church has been his home.

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East Longmeadow Planning Board expected to vote on proposed adult novelty store

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A proposed zoning bylaw could halt plans to bring an adult novelty store to East Longmeadow, and tonight the store owner spoke out. 

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Four arrest made in Springfield search warrant; semi-automatic weapon seized

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Springfield Police made four arrest following a search warrant inside an apartment on Wellington Street Tuesday morning. 

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Survey reveals some Black Friday secrets

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For the Black Friday faithful, this is the biggest shopping week of the year.   However, how do you know if you're getting the best deal?

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Customers file complaints after Allen Lawnmower closes

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A predominantly senior living facility in Springfield said that it's out two snowblowers after a local business abruptly shut its doors.

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MASSPIRG releases 'Trouble in Toyland' report

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Before you head out to buy presents this year, you might want to take a look at which toys one group claims are safety hazards.

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Chicopee Police seek to identify parties involved in disturbance at Wendy's

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Chicopee Police responded to the Wendy's on Memorial Drive on November 15 around 6:45p for a large disturbance reported in the parking lot. 

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  • Sessions orders review of background check system for guns

    Sessions orders review of background check system for guns

    Thursday, November 23 2017 12:14 AM EST2017-11-23 05:14:36 GMT

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ordering a far-ranging review of the FBI database containing information for use in background checks on prospective gun buyers.

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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ordering a far-ranging review of the FBI database containing information for use in background checks on prospective gun buyers.

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  • Report: Rep. Joe Barton threatened ex-lover with police

    Report: Rep. Joe Barton threatened ex-lover with police

    Thursday, November 23 2017 12:07 AM EST2017-11-23 05:07:17 GMT
    (J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press) Rep. Michael Burgess (left), R-Texas, and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, walked to a meeting with fellow House Republicans earlier this month as work in Congress resumed after the August recess.(J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press) Rep. Michael Burgess (left), R-Texas, and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, walked to a meeting with fellow House Republicans earlier this month as work in Congress resumed after the August recess.

    U.S. Rep. Joe Barton told a woman that he would complain to U.S. Capitol Police if sexually explicit photographs of him and other material from their relationship were to be exposed publicly, according to a published report. 

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    U.S. Rep. Joe Barton told a woman that he would complain to U.S. Capitol Police if sexually explicit photographs of him and other material from their relationship were to be exposed publicly, according to a published report. 

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  • Ex-staffer: Conyers 'harassed' and 'verbally abused' me repeatedly

    Ex-staffer: Conyers 'harassed' and 'verbally abused' me repeatedly

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 11:36 PM EST2017-11-23 04:36:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014, file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks at Wayne State University in Detroit. Democrats have been quick to support the “me too” chorus of women _ and some men _ who have stepped up to...(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014, file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks at Wayne State University in Detroit. Democrats have been quick to support the “me too” chorus of women _ and some men _ who have stepped up to...

    Former Capitol Hill staffer Melanie Sloan on Wednesday detailed her experiences working in the 1990s for Rep. John Conyers, whom she said had harassed and "verbally abused" her repeatedly. 

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    Former Capitol Hill staffer Melanie Sloan on Wednesday detailed her experiences working in the 1990s for Rep. John Conyers, whom she said had harassed and "verbally abused" her repeatedly. 

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