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Local businesses optimistic about Springfield redevelopment

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After more than 40 years, Union Station in Springfield finally reopens. It joins other developments coming to town in an effort to revitalize the city. 

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Schedule of fireworks displays across the area

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With the Independence Day holiday right around the corner, several communities will be displaying fireworks in celebration of the holiday and the summer season.

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After being closed for decades and several years of rehab, Springfield's transportation hub - Union Station - reopens to the public.  Check out some pictures of the construction and the finished product.

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Hampden Fire Dept. hires three full time firefighters

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Hampden Fire Dept. has now hired three full-time firefighters, following voters appropriating 226-thousand dollars to transform Hampden’s all-volunteer department into a call department last month.

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First Warning Weather

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Showers and a thunderstorm or two are possible tonight, but will be scattered. We will see a period of rain Saturday morning as remnants of Cindy and a cold front move through...

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Arrest made following Chicopee bank robbery

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One person is in custody following a bank robbery in Chicopee.

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Temporary safety equipment installed following deadly railroad crash

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Months after a train collided with a Longmeadow DPW truck, killing the driver, the town is making moves toward safety equipment. The DPW installed a temporary road blockage Friday morning, while the plan for more permanent safety equipment is in the works.

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Springfield prepares for grand re-opening of Union Station

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The historic rebirth of Union Station begins this weekend. After more than 40 years, the station will soon be back open and all of Springfield is joining in to celebrate.

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Springfield Police arrest four drug dealers in North End

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Four suspected drug dealers were arrested in Springfield today following a surveillance in Springfield’s North End.

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Exit on I-91 south in Northampton and Hatfield to be closed overnight

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The Mass. DOT announced that the on and off ramps at Exit 21 will be closed overnight on Monday, June 26.  This will effect the exit on I-91 South in Northampton and Hatfield from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. All lanes on either side of the highway will be open and traffic will be redirected. Travelers seeking to exit I-91 southbound at Exit 21 onto Route 5 will be directed to continue to Exit 24 in South Deerfield. Those on Route 5 looking to access I-91 southbound will be directed to... More>>

Southwick business steps in to help raise money for annual firework display

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For more than 55 years, the Southwick Days event has drawn the community together. But this year, the organizers had cancel most of the big plans and residents were disheartened to hear the news. Now local businesses are stepping up to help raise money to keep the fireworks display.  Moolicious owner Joe Deedy told Western Mass News that keeping the tradition alive is important to the entire community.   "Having a few people decide that it's not worthy doesn't make s... More>>

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Dog rescued from Conway well

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A dog in Conway is being called a 'miracle dog' after falling into a well after going for a walk with his owner. After being out all night,  Prince Charming was found and rescued with some help from the Conway fire department.

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What parents need to know about Snapchat's newest feature

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The social media app Snapchat which is known for pictures that disappear after you send them is getting into the map business with their latest update.  The popular social media app just launched Snap Maps where you can see your friends as they snap photos and videos. It works by zooming in on your camera while in the app. The map pops up with the bitmojis or characters of your friends where you tap on the map to see their Snapchats. If you're wondering if you're friends ... More>>

Local leaders criticize Senate health care bill

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Reaction to the proposed GOP health care bill continues to swirl.  Local leaders are sounding off about the Senate's replacement bill to 'Obamacare.' 

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TSA offers summer travel safety tips

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On Friday morning, TSA officials met at Bradley International Airport to provide some travel safety tips.

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Granville school closes after 100 years

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Friday marked the end of an era for Granville as the town's only school will be closed forever. 

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Man indicted in death of Vanessa Marcotte

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A man arrested in connection with the death of a Princeton woman is facing new charges.

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DA files appeal on ruling to vacate Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction

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The Bristol County District Attorney’s office has filed an appeal to overturn the decision which vacated the 2015 murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez.

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West Springfield pedestrian crash victim remains hospitalized

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A West Springfield woman underwent treatment at Baystate Medical Center on Friday following an accident the day before. 

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Things to know before updating your tech devices

Updating your technology could be good for your phone, computer, or tablet, but you must always pay attention.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to explain why.

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