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Assembly held at Forest Park Middle after missing boy is found

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The Springfield community came together Friday at Forest Park Middle School to celebrate.  Cameron Boulay, 11, went missing Tuesday afternoon.  He was found Wednesday morning by two good Samaritans in Forest Park.

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WMass businesses hurting from lack of foliage

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A lackluster foliage season has some retailers hoping for a cold snap.

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Alleged office gunman got jobs, guns despite criminal past Video included

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A witness to the deadly shooting rampage inside a Maryland granite company says the suspect had grown increasingly hostile recently and had tried to pick fights with co-workers.

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First Warning Weather

Sunshine and blue skies to end the week

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Wind will continue to gradually lighten as we continue through the evening. Overnight gets chilly with temperatures falling into the upper 30s for many, so bundle up if you're headed out to see the meteor shower...

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Springfield seeing influx of students following Hurricane Maria

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The aftermath of Hurricane Maria continues to be felt here in western Massachusetts. More and more families are coming to cities like Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield and with those families come children who are registering for school.

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North Main Street in Belchertown reopen following crash

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A crash involving a sedan and an oil truck has closed a portion of North Main Street in Belchertown, according to police. 

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Two vehicle crash causes delays along I-91 North in Longmeadow

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A two-vehicle crash caused some significant delays along Interstate 91 in Longmeadow for a time Friday.

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Massachusetts touts education, innovation in Amazon pitch

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Massachusetts officials are touting the state's educated workforce and innovation-based economy in a formal pitch to host Amazon's second headquarters.

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Volunteers help Rays of Hope a success each year

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Sunday is the Rays of Hope walk and run toward the cure for breast cancer.   With at least 20,000 participants, it is one of the largest single events in western Massachusetts. The event begins Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El in Springfield. It takes an army to get the walk off the ground, but it is a labor of love for the hundreds of volunteers who make it happen. 

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Easthampton man with Down syndrome gets dream trip to Disney

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An Easthampton man with Down syndrome is getting ready for a long awaited trip to Disney World.

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Mom says daughter's head was shaved without permission

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A Massachusetts woman alleges her young daughter's head was shaved without her permission and now, she's demanding answers as to why.

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Springfield Police: man dead following shooting on Boston Rd.

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One person is dead following a shooting Thursday night in Springfield.

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WMass organization supporting Springfield man facing deportation

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An undocumented immigrant from Springfield is now living in an Amherst church to avoid deportation.

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74-year-old man walks for miles to find a kidney donor for his wife

is walking for miles Wayne Winters is walking for miles a day on a mission to add time to his wife's life. (KSTU via CNN) is walking for miles Wayne Winters is walking for miles a day on a mission to add time to his wife's life. (KSTU via CNN)
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A 74-year-old man is walking for miles a day on a mission to add time to his wife's life. 

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Witness: Workplace shooter was increasingly angry, hostile Video included

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The man shot five co-workers early Wednesday in Maryland, then drove to Delaware and shot an acquaintance in the head at a used car lot, police say.

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Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance Video included

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It would have the unintended consequence of making basic health insurance available to more people for free and making upper-tier plans more affordable.

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Dog park in West Springfield to be moved to another site in Mittineague Park

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Following tonight’s hearing, a dog park will be coming to Mittenague Park in West Springfield, but it won't be at the original site. 

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The Orionids meteor shower peaking this weekend

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While not known as one of the best meteor showers of the year, the Orionids can still put on a show. The Orionids meteor shower peaks this weekend, primarily October 21st (Saturday) morning...

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Pavilion dedicated at GySgt. Thomas Sullivan Park in Springfield

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A new pavilion constructed in honor of a fallen Springfield hero.

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Family of boy found in Forest Park offers message to the community

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An 11-year-old missing Springfield boy is found safe and sound after spending a long, cold night in Forest Park. Today, Cameron Boulay is back in school and adjusting and his family spoke to Western Mass News with a message for the community.

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Families in need of help after Chicopee fire displaces 37 people

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Nearly 40 residents watched yesterday as their Chicopee apartment complex was ravaged by a quick-moving fire. Today, residents returned to their homes to see what could be salvaged. 

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Puerto Rico evacuees in need of housing options

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Locally, more evacuees from Puerto Rico are finding refuge in western Massachusetts. This comes as housing becomes an increasingly scarce commodity. Now, cities are asking that landlords remain flexible and open to those in need of shelter.

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Drought conditions return to Western Mass.

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You've probably noticed, but it hasn't rained much at all these last few weeks, which in turn has led to drought conditions.  However, it may not be time to worry...just yet. 

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EVERYDAY PEOPLE

East Longmeadow man goes above and beyond at The Gray House

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The Gray House is a private non-profit, serving those in the North End of Springfield, who are facing hardships. However, it's the volunteers there who really help The Gray House support our neighbors in need.  One 'everyday' man has been going above and beyond to give back.

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Springfield man facing deportation takes sanctuary in Amherst church

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A father facing deportation to Guatemala is taking sanctuary in an Amherst church.

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Internet slamming ‘sandwich master’ for ‘convenient’ peanut butter hack

People love convenience. People love peanut butter. People don’t love extra steps standing between themselves and their peanut butter, but we don’t think the Food Network got that memo. People love convenience. People love peanut butter. People don’t love extra steps standing between themselves and their peanut butter, but we don’t think the Food Network got that memo.
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People love convenience. People love peanut butter. People don’t love extra steps standing between themselves and their peanut butter, but we don’t think the Food Network got that memo.

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Meet Earl, a great dog looking for a good home

Meet Earl, this week's featured friend from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.

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October marks Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month and there's a place in Easthampton that specializes in just that.  Diana Lozano and Tony Levalee joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Buzz Around Town: Palazzo Cafe, Springfield

For this week's Buzz Around Town, we head to Palazzo Cafe in downtown Springfield.

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TRAFFIC ALERT

Westbound lanes of Mass. Pike closed in Brimfield following pursuit

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The westbound lanes of the Mass. Pike are closed following a pursuit.

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  • Paul Ryan: House GOP will propose a new top tax rate for the rich

    Paul Ryan: House GOP will propose a new top tax rate for the rich

    Friday, October 20 2017 4:30 PM EDT2017-10-20 20:30:01 GMT
    House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., holds up a copy of a proposed "simple tax" postcard while speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., holds up a copy of a proposed "simple tax" postcard while speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    House Speaker Paul Ryan broke a bit of tax news Friday when he said that House Republicans plan to propose a new top income tax rate for high earners.

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    House Speaker Paul Ryan broke a bit of tax news Friday when he said that House Republicans plan to propose a new top income tax rate for high earners.

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  • The survival stories that powered #MeToo

    The survival stories that powered #MeToo

    Friday, October 20 2017 4:24 PM EDT2017-10-20 20:24:26 GMT
    Readers shared their stories of abuse. The recurring themes were familiar: a vulnerable target, a powerful perpetrator, fears of retaliation and witnesses who let it happen. (CNN)Readers shared their stories of abuse. The recurring themes were familiar: a vulnerable target, a powerful perpetrator, fears of retaliation and witnesses who let it happen. (CNN)

    Harvey Weinstein's predatory behavior has been described as an open secret in Hollywood, one perpetuated by a culture of silence. But complicity, like abuse, is not confined to Hollywood.

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    Harvey Weinstein's predatory behavior has been described as an open secret in Hollywood, one perpetuated by a culture of silence. But complicity, like abuse, is not confined to Hollywood.

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  • 'WORLD WILL BURN BURN': Guns, aerial photos found in child porn raid

    'WORLD WILL BURN BURN': Guns, aerial photos found in child porn raid

    Friday, October 20 2017 3:39 PM EDT2017-10-20 19:39:39 GMT
    a weapons cache is shown in the home of Randall Drake. Sheriff's deputies conducting a child porn raid on the home found an arsenal of guns and explosives and a homemade silencer, along with a note promising "bloody revenge." (Pinellas County Sheriff)a weapons cache is shown in the home of Randall Drake. Sheriff's deputies conducting a child porn raid on the home found an arsenal of guns and explosives and a homemade silencer, along with a note promising "bloody revenge." (Pinellas County Sheriff)

    They found an arsenal that included homemade explosive devices, 10 rifles, eight handguns, two shotguns, more than 2,300 rounds of ammunition, and aerial photos of an elementary and middle school.

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    They found an arsenal that included homemade explosive devices, 10 rifles, eight handguns, two shotguns, more than 2,300 rounds of ammunition, and aerial photos of an elementary and middle school.

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