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Identities released in apparent murder-suicide in Montgomery

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Officials have released more information into an apparent murder-suicide in Montgomery.

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Chicopee police identify suspect in meat theft

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Chicopee Police are looking for your help to identify yet another grocery thief in the city, the third in the last month.

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Diocese to assess area's Catholic schools

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said Tuesday that it's putting together a team to assess the future of Catholic schools across the area.

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Police identify three people killed in Enfield crash

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Police have identified the three people who were killed in a crash in Enfield over the weekend.

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2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

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A suspect was taken into custody after one person was killed and others wounded Tuesday morning at a rural Kentucky high school.

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Officials identify woman struck and killed by car in Springfield

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Authorities have released the name of the woman who was struck and killed by a vehicle Monday night.

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New mural unveiled at Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield

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A mural depicting a work by Dr. Seuss, which sparked controversy late last year, has been replaced.

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Exercises to improve mobility and get rid of pain

Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to tell us about some exercises that can help reduce pain and improve your range of motion

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Cookie fries offer a news twist on a sweet treat

We have a great twist on a sweet treat.  Jill Balik from The Cookie Joint in Chicago joined Better Western Mass to tell more about cookie fries.  To learn more, CLICK HERE.

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Left over showers and downpours this afternoon

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We'll have leftover showers and downpours this afternoon with temperatures coming up into the 40's.  

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Springfield officer credited with helping save a dog's life

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A Springfield police officer is being credited for helping save a dog's life.

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School bus catches fire in Southampton driveway

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Crews were called to put out a fire on a school bus Tuesday morning.

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Slideshow: See the full list of 2018 Oscar nominations

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The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday amid what's proving to be an unpredictable and highly political awards season.

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Gov. Baker to outline goals in State of the Commonwealth address

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Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to outline his priorities for the new year when he delivers his last state of the state address before seeking a second term.

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Gas prices in Massachusetts hold steady at $2.51 per gallon

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BOSTON (AP) - Gas prices in Massachusetts have held steady. 

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State police launch investigation into payroll discrepancies

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The Massachusetts State Police has launched an investigation into payroll discrepancies uncovered during an internal audit.

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Crews work to repair water main break on Dwight Road in Springfield

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Crews are currently on the scene of a water main break on Dwight Road in Springfield. Captain Labelle, with the Springfield Police Department, told Western Mass News that the break actually occurred on Monday night around 9:30.

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Tsunami warnings, watches canceled after powerful Alaska quake

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The National Tsunami Center has canceled a tsunami warning that was triggered by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska.

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Pre-trial hearing set for woman charged with misleading police about Jo Ringer’s disappearance

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Family and friends of Jo Ringer, a missing Clarksburg woman, are still left with many questions. They hope some of those questions will be answered on Tuesday when the woman charged with lying to police about Ringer’s disappearance returns to court. Family and friends are encouraging anyone to come to the pre-trial hearing on Tuesday afternoon to show their support. They exclusively told Western Mass News that the thought of not knowing where Jo Ringer has gone, and why she...

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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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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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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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