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Hampden DA's office investigating apparent murder-suicide in Montgomery

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A portion of a Montgomery roadway is blocked due to law enforcement activity in the area.

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Springfield Police investigating a serious pedestrian accident

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Springfield Police responded to a serious pedestrian accident on East and Price Street around 8:45pm. 

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UMass Amherst encourages students to get vaccinated for meningitis

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After two confirmed cases of meningitis B were found at UMass back in November, the university encouraged undergrads to get a specific vaccine to protect them from this deadly disease and that push continues. 

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Westfield State students return to security cameras on campus following incidents

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The first day of classes at Westfield State University means more than just the start of a new semester. It also means the unveiling of increased security on campus. 

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Lawmakers to address DACA program following government shutdown

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The US Senate is taking the first step to reopen the government in an overwhelming vote of 81 to 18. 

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Multiple fatal accidents on I-91 this weekend have drivers on edge

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A series of fatal accidents on I-91 this weekend has drivers on high alert. A Sunday morning crash in Enfield left three dead and one injured. 

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Pneumonia on the rise following flu epidemic

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The flu is considered to be widespread in every state in the US, with the exception of Hawaii.  As a result, the Centers for Disease Control said that cases of pneumonia are now on the rise as well.

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First Warning Forecast

Some icy tonight & Tuesday morning, then heavy rain on the way Video included

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Light freezing rain may lead to icy roads across the higher elevations of western Mass through Tuesday morning. Any commute will also be impacted by areas of dense fog...

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Pats fans looking for travel deals to Minneapolis

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Would you consider buying a ticket to Minneapolis?  You will have to shell out some big money to see the Patriots play in the big game in two weeks.

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End to government shutdown in sight as Dems halt filibuster Video included

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Under the proposal taking shape, Democrats would agree to a three-week spending measure in return for a commitment from the Republican leadership in the Senate to address immigration policy and other pressing legislative matters in the coming weeks.

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Patriots fans stock-up on gear following AFC Championship win

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The Patriots are looking to secure their third title in four years.  One of the big reasons for the Pats success over the years comes from the fans and today, they stocked up on gear that highlights their team's big win.

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Government shutdown's impact on Massachusetts

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Now, during the shutdown, several agencies were impacted including hundreds of people in western Massachusetts who were furloughed, but one economics professor said that compared to other states, we will weather the shutdown fairly well. 

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Report examines states most affected by the government shutdown

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The United States government is now shutdown for the 19th time and it's impact is being felt across Western Massachusetts and the country.

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5 employees on leave following Enfield prison escape

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Five prison employees are on administrative leave following the escape of a prisoner in Enfield.

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Encouraging young readers with snack foods

Getting your little one to read at home can be a bit of a tough task when they don't want to do it.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to show us some sneaky ways to give them the extra push they may need.

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The benefits of having plants in your home

Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow joined Better Western Mass to tell us about some of the benefits plants can provide to your home.

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Travel deals for the upcoming February break

February break is fast approaching and you're going to want to get away with the family.  Denis Nowak from Doyle Travel in Chicopee joined Better Western Mass to tell about some great travel deals you can take for the upcoming break

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Cambridge College teams up with MGM for new hospitality program

Cambridge College is partnering with MGM Springfield as they unveil their new hospitality program.  Teresa Forte from Cambridge College joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20 Video included

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Tom Brady threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining to rally the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl. More>>

Victim of deadly Ludlow crash identified

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Authorities have identified the person who was killed in a crash in Ludlow late last week.

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Red Sox plan 'dramatic' expansion of Fenway safety netting

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Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy says the team is planning what he calls a "dramatic" expansion of safety netting at Fenway Park.

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Massachusetts legislators to scrutinize federal tax overhaul

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Lawmakers are taking a closer look at the federal tax overhaul and how it may affect Massachusetts.

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Trial of Chicopee man charged in teen's death set to start

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The manslaughter trial of a Massachusetts man charged with shooting and killing a teenager he thought was trying to break into his home is set to begin.

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Debate on in Massachusetts over safe sites for drug users

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Some lawmakers, activists and medical groups in Massachusetts are pushing for the creation of "supervised injection sites" where drug users can shoot up illegal substances under the watchful eye of staff trained in countering the effect of potentially fatal overdoses.

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UMass gets Chan Zuckerberg grant for scientific project

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The University of Massachusetts has received a $5.5 million grant from a philanthropy founded by the man behind Facebook and his wife to create a way to search millions of scientific research articles.

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Government shutdown being felt across western Mass

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As the government shutdown enters its third day, the impact is being felt at all levels, including here in Massachusetts. Thousands of federal employees have been placed on furlough—meaning they won't report to work on Monday—and if this shutdown continues, that may include those working at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee. 

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Police identify driver in triple fatal crash on I91 in Enfield

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Connecticut State Police have identified the driver involved in a crash on Interstate 91SB in Enfield on Sunday morning. 

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No deal reached, shutdown continues into workweek

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The government shutdown will extend into the workweek as the Senate appeared to inch closer to ending a partisan stalemate late Sunday but fell short of agreement.

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Shutdown continues into workweek, as Senate talks drag on

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The Senate adjourned without voting Sunday, guaranteeing the shutdown would continue into a third day.

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Philadelphia Eagles head to Super Bowl after 38-7 win over Minnesota

hiladelphia Eagles' LeGarrette Blount celebrates a touchdown run during the first half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) hiladelphia Eagles' LeGarrette Blount celebrates a touchdown run during the first half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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he Philadelphia Eagles will play in their first Super Bowl in 13 years after defeating the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship Game. 

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I-91 South reopened following rollover crash in Holyoke, 1 injured

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One woman was sent to the hospital after her vehicle rolled over on I-91 South in Holyoke on Sunday.

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Funeral arrangements set for man killed in accident on I-91 in Longmeadow

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Funeral arrangements have been set for the man that was killed in a multi-vehicle accident along I-91 North in Longmeadow Saturday morning. 

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First Warning Weather

Increasing clouds tonight. Wintry mix to rain showers on the way tomorrow

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It was another mild and dry day to close out the weekend as temperatures ran above normal. An approaching storm system will bring a light wintry mix to rain to the region Monday and into Tuesday. We will begin to see clouds increasing tonight with lows dropping back into the middle 20s.  Monday will feature cloudy skies and as you head out the door, there is the chance for a light wintry mix. 

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Hundreds of people at Westover could be affected by government shutdown

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Hundreds of civilian government workers at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee could be getting furlough notices if the government shutdown continues.

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Officials: Avalanche kills 5 soldiers, injures 12 in Turkey

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A Turkish media reports say Turkish troops conducting military operations in Turkey's southeast have been hit by an avalanche. More>>

Identity of man killed in I-91 crash in Longmeadow released

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A tractor trailer driver who was killed in a six-vehicle crash that shut down I-91 North in Longmeadow for hours on Saturday has been identified. 

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Hundreds participate in Northampton Women's March

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Downtown Northampton was one out of the many locations on Saturday where hundreds of people took part in the annual Women's March. 

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Springfield Police investigate shooting on Locust Street

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Springfield Police are investigating a shooting on Locust street that occurred Saturday afternoon. 

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Man involved in Ludlow crash on Thursday dies

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Ludlow Police said a male passenger that was involved in a serious accident on Thursday has died. 

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State Police and first responders at the scene of a deadly crash Saturday morning in Longmeadow on I-91 Northbound.

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Clock ticking down on chance to sign up for health care

With the clock ticking down, the Massachusetts Health Connector is reaching out to get residents insured. More>>

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other Video included

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The measure would be the fourth stopgap spending bill since the current budget year started in October.

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Vegas gunman studied SWAT tactics, music site before attack Video included

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Investigators have still not discovered what motivated Stephen Paddock to embark on the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history but determined that he researched SWAT tactics ahead of the massacre and investigated other possible targets.

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Bed Bath & Beyond recalling 175,000 comforters due to possible mold exposure

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If present, mold can pose a risk of respiratory or other infections in individuals with compromised immune systems, damaged lungs, or an allergy to mold.

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Cities and towns monitoring area rivers with weekend warm-up

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While many are looking forward to temperatures climbing into the 40s this weekend, the warmth has several cities and towns on high alert for flooding concerns. 

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