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Getting more sunshine for a few days, but storms return to end the week

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Strong thunderstorms, torrential rain gradually come to an end this evening. Overnight, fog and clouds linger... then some hot, humid and mainly dry weather for a few days...

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Upcoming fairs across Western Mass.

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It may still be summer out there, but soon, the seasons will begin to change and fall will descend upon New England.

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Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

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The news agency ANSA says a bridge has partially collapsed near the northern port city of Genoa. More>>

UK police treat Parliament crash as terrorism, seek motive Video included

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London police say that a car has crashed into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament, and its driver has been arrested.

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Manafort chooses not to testify as defense rests its case Video included

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Manafort's lawyers have not yet said whether they will call any witnesses or present other evidence in the case. They will have to disclose that information Tuesday as the case reaches its final stages.

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Springfield police recover stolen guns during separate arrests

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Springfield Police were able to take two stolen guns off the streets after two city residents were arrested within hours of each other.

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Trump lashes out at Omarosa, calls her 'that dog' Video included

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Beyond their war of words, the row touched on several sensitive issues in Trump's White House, including a lack of racial diversity, security in the executive mansion and a culture that some there feel borders on paranoia.

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City council subcommittee to discuss how to distribute MGM revenue

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The Springfield city council finance subcommittee will meet Tuesday to discuss how to distribute revenue brought in to the city by the casino.

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Agawam High adding manufacturing classes

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A class at Agawam High School this school year will be helping students prepare for jobs after graduation. They can now take manufacturing as part of their curriculum and for a local manufacturing company, they are welcoming this news.  Starting in September, the high school will add two manufacturing classes for anywhere up to about 20 students. It will be taught by a certified technology teacher already at the high school who is getting training in manufacturing this summer ... More>>

Gaming Commission rejects MGM request for animations on billboard

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A casino billboard visible from a Massachusetts highway won't use animations to draw visitors to MGM's $960 million resort.

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Concern grows in Orange as Millers River rises with more rain

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The heavy rain on Tuesday just added to the concerns in Franklin County where the Millers River is running high and fast.

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Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

This photo released by the Italian firefighters, cars are seen among the rubble of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, northern Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.   (Vigili Del Fuoco via AP) This photo released by the Italian firefighters, cars are seen among the rubble of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa, northern Italy, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. (Vigili Del Fuoco via AP)
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A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed in a driving rain Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 16 others as it sent dozens of vehicles tumbling into a heap of concrete and twisted steel.

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Swimming at Puffer's Pond in Amherst closed due to E.coli levels

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Swimming at a popular Hampshire County pond is closed due to elevated E.coli levels. 

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Pigeons invade Springfield police cruiser and officer

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If you're having a bad day, a picture of pigeons invading a Springfield police cruiser and an officer should put a smile on your face. 

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Report identifies more than 1,000 victims of priest abuse

Cardinal Donald Wuerl wrote to priests to defend himself on the eve of the scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, release of a grand jury report investigating child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Cardinal Donald Wuerl wrote to priests to defend himself on the eve of the scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, release of a grand jury report investigating child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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It also accuses church leaders of taking steps to cover up the abuse.

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New brewery and restaurant coming to Springfield's Main Street

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A new, 4,400 square foot small batch brewery and restaurant is in the works for a space on Main Street in Springfield in a space that has been vacant for years.

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Stuff the Bus donations on the way to help local kids in need

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For the last few weeks, we have been collecting school supplies as part of our Stuff the Bus campaign with the United Way. On Tuesday, those donations were picked up and taken on their way to help local students.

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Massachusetts governor touts bill aimed at opioid addiction

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill aimed at helping curb the state's opioid addiction crisis.

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Big Y offering kits to dispose of unused medication

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We've heard of drug take-back events where people are encouraged to hand over their unused prescription medications before they end up doing harm. Now, there's a new way to dispose of drugs and all it takes is a water and some patience.

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Gas prices down a penny

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Gasoline prices are down in Massachusetts.

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Buffalo chicken meatballs offer a great, high protein snack

Choosing a healthy snack can be tough.  Luckily, we have one just for you - buffalo chicken meatballs.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Making string art with liquid acrylic and water-based ink

On Tuesday, we made string art with both liquid acrylic and water-based ink to help brighten our dreary day.  Juliette Mooers from Valley Art Supplies joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Woman injured in reported stabbing in Hadley

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Police are investigating after a reported stabbing in Hadley.

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Eco-friendly open-air urinals cause uproar in Paris

An attempt by officials in Paris to tackle public urination by installing open-air urinals, or "uritrottoirs," has outraged some residents of the French capital. (CNN) An attempt by officials in Paris to tackle public urination by installing open-air urinals, or "uritrottoirs," has outraged some residents of the French capital. (CNN)
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The new urinals, housed in flower boxes, aren't subtle -- they're fully exposed on street corners, are painted bright red and have nearby signs advertising their presence.

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The Beach Boys to perform at this year's Big E

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The sounds of summer will be continuing into the fall with the addition of one musical act to this year's Big E.

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Charges reduced for Shutesbury woman accused of threatening journalist

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Massachusetts prosecutors have reduced charges against a woman who allegedly threatened a newspaper journalist.

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Judge denies request for names in Rosenberg spouse's case

Bryon Hefner, seen in an April 2018 court appearance. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Bryon Hefner, seen in an April 2018 court appearance. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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A Massachusetts judge has blocked prosecutors' request for the names of witnesses who cooperated with an internal probe into former state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and his estranged husband Bryon Hefner.

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Crowbar flies through SUV windshield, killing driver

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Authorities in Massachusetts say a prominent defense attorney was killed when a crowbar flew through the windshield of his SUV and struck him in the head.

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Authorities release ID of woman found dead in car trunk

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Authorities have identified the woman whose body was found in the trunk of a car in Maine last week.

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Report: Aretha Franklin is in hospice care

Aretha Franklin attends Keep a Child Alive’s 2014 Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) Aretha Franklin attends Keep a Child Alive’s 2014 Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
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Word of Aretha Franklin, 76, being gravely ill was first reported by Showbiz 411.

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14-year-old boy uses legal quirk to run for Vermont governor

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One of the four Vermont Democrats seeking the party nomination to run for governor in the fall election isn't old enough to vote, let alone drive, but that isn't stopping him from running. More>>

Hostess recalls Cookies ‘n Crème Brownies over labeling error

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As a result and out of an abundance of caution, Hostess Brands is voluntarily recalling the following Cookies . ‘n Crème Brownies

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Springfield citizens group discussing MGM opening week logistics

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There's only eleven days left until the lion roars in downtown Springfield.

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Crews respond to rollover crash in Springfield

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Emergency crews have responded to a rollover accident in Springfield this evening. 

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FBI fires Peter Strzok, agent who sent anti-Trump texts

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok is seated to testify before the the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing on "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election." (AP) FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok is seated to testify before the the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing on "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election." (AP)
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Peter Strzok, a longtime FBI agent who was removed from the Russia investigation over anti-Trump text messages, has been fired by the agency, his lawyer said Monday.

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Neglected dog found in Springfield making steady recovery

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A severely neglected dog found wandering the streets of Springfield last week is on the road to recovery. 

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Stop and Shop apologizes for mislabeled cheese

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Stop and Shop is apologizing after a woman said that the mislabeled feta cheese she bought was moldy.

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Hampden Co. Sheriff warns public of ongoing phone scam

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The Hampden County Sheriff is warning residents and nearby businesses so they don't fall victim to an ongoing phone scam. 

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Video captures break-in attempt in Agawam driveway

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An Agawam woman warning her neighbors after a man tried to break into the cars in her driveway and it was all caught on video.

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Four State Police dept. members relieved of duty amid ongoing overtime probe

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Four members of the Mass. State Police have been temporarily relieved of their duties amid an ongoing investigation overtime earnings. 

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New law seeks comprehensive approach to Alzheimer's disease

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A new Massachusetts law seeks to make improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's and dementia.

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Electric bus for 'The Loop' unveiled Monday

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Just in time for MGM Springfield's opening is a new bus service that will links other hotspots and bring the city together.

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Mechanical issue keeps West Springfield water ban in place

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With the increase in rain we've seen the last few days, western Massachusetts communities are beginning to lift their water restrictions, with Southwick being the most recent. However, West Springfield still has a water ban in place. 

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Wednesday marks deadline to register to vote in Sept. primary

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There are just a few days left to register to vote if you want to vote in the Massachusetts primary on September 4.

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Six Flags stilt walkers bring tricks and fun to a summer day

Chris visits Six Flags New England to check out some of the stilt walkers that bring entertainment to park guests.

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Attracting and keeping butterflies in your garden

Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow joined Better Western Mass to tell us ways to attract butterflies to your garden, then how to keep them floating around

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  • Judge cites casting couch's history, OKs Weinstein suit

    Judge cites casting couch's history, OKs Weinstein suit

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 5:50 PM EDT2018-08-14 21:50:08 GMT
    (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILe - In this July 9, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives to court in New York. A New York judge cited the long history of the casting couch in Hollywood as he approved for trial the sex trafficking claims of an aspi...(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILe - In this July 9, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives to court in New York. A New York judge cited the long history of the casting couch in Hollywood as he approved for trial the sex trafficking claims of an aspi...
    A New York judge, citing the long history of the casting couch in Hollywood, says a civil lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein can proceed to trial.More >>
    A New York judge, citing the long history of the casting couch in Hollywood, says a civil lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein can proceed to trial.More >>
  • Ex-White House aide says Trump trying to silence her

    Ex-White House aide says Trump trying to silence her

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 5:42 PM EDT2018-08-14 21:42:28 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer). Television personality and former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in New York. Manigault Newman declared she “will not be silenced” by ...(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer). Television personality and former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in New York. Manigault Newman declared she “will not be silenced” by ...
    Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman says she "will not be silenced" by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss shifted from a war of words to a possible legal...More >>
    Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman says she "will not be silenced" by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss shifted from a war of words to a possible legal battle.More >>
  • Trump lashes out at Omarosa, calls her 'that dog'

    Trump lashes out at Omarosa, calls her 'that dog'

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 5:42 PM EDT2018-08-14 21:42:24 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, center, is flanked by White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, left, and  then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson as he speaks ...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, center, is flanked by White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, left, and then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson as he speaks ...
    Just like old times: Trump and Omarosa spar over whether he used the N-word, other allegations in her new book.More >>
    Just like old times: Trump and Omarosa spar over whether he used the N-word, other allegations in her new book.More >>

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