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Mayor of San Juan speaks in Holyoke about transformation of Puerto Rico

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The Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico visited Holyoke Wednesday night to talk about the day when Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

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In honor of Ray's 50th anniversary, take a look at these pictures of our friend and colleague through the years.

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Trump's travel ban likely to be upheld, justices indicate Video included

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The Supreme Court is saving one of its biggest cases for last, weighing President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.

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Bruins score 4 in 3rd to beat Maple Leafs 7-4 in Game 7

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Jake DeBrusk scored his second goal of the game to break a third-period tie, and the Boston Bruins came from behind to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 _ again _ winning 7-4 on to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. More>>

No verdict from Cosby jury; defense lawyers slammed Video included

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Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments.

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Southwick PD look to identify larceny suspect

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The Southwick Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a larceny suspect. 

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Springfield PD seek to identify person of interest connected to recent crime

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Springfield Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a person of interest connected to a crime last week. 

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Police: Man killed deputy, stole his car and robbed store

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A county sheriff in Maine says a deputy has been shot and killed following a report of a robbery at a convenience store.

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Unsettled weather lingers into the start of the weekend Video included

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Drier air is working into southern New England this evening, bringing an end to steady rain. However, drizzle and fog remain possible through much of the night. A cold front will keep showers around through Thursday morning...

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UMass students gear up for Cardi B concert

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Rap superstar Cardi B has made her way to UMass Amherst for a premiere performance. 

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Ware man arraigned on rape charges

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A 42-year-old Ware man accused of raping and assaulting women he picked up in his tow truck appeared in court today.

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Lia Surprise Squad helps couple pay it forward after hurricane destroys wedding

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Our Lia Auto Group Surprise Squad - with the help of The Log Cabin - gave the couple a free wedding.  Now, we're helping them pay it forward on their honeymoon.

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Planning for summer vacation this week could save you money

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It's that time of the year when many start daydreaming about summer vacation.

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Former newspaper reporter's fight with degenerative disease chronicled in film

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You probably know Fred from his 30 years of reporting at the Springfield Republican. Fred was never one to sit still, but today, a degenerative disease prevents him from moving about as he once did.

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UMass scientists to begin testing soon for mosquito viruses

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Warmer weather mixed with Wednesday's rain means mosquito season is back.

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Therapy dogs help reduce stress for UMass students during finals

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The stress of finals is beginning to set in at UMass Amherst. End of the year exams begin a matter of days, so what are stressed out students doing to get ready?  Hanging out with a pack of dogs, of course! 

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Relief efforts underway to help Westfield fire victims

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An organized relief effort is underway for the more than 50 people who lost their homes in an apartment building fire in Westfield on Sunday.

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Lax vetting on Trump nominees begins to frustrate senators Video included

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As President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs skids to a halt, senators from both parties are voicing frustration that the White House is skipping crucial vetting of nominees and leaving lawmakers to clean up the mess.

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Federal, state, and local leaders talk about Ray Hershel

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In his 50 years at Western Mass News, Ray Hershel has interviewed thousands of people from all walks of life. From national state and local leaders, to celebrities and people from Western Mass, if they were in the news, they were likely interview by Ray. 

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Making a 'squeegee art' craft for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner and nothing says you care more than a homemade craft.  Juliette Mooers from Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton joined Better Western Mass with a great craft idea.

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