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Today: (A frigid start) Sunny and not as cold this afternoon, some increasing cloudiness. Highs: 27-32. Winds: S: 2-7 mph. Have a great Thursday! First Warning Meteorologist Dan Brown ...
Thu, January 29, 2015
-11°
Clear
Feels like -11°
Humidity: 78%
Dew Point: -16
Wind: NW at 2 mph
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Frigid Start, Comfortable Afternoon, Snow on the Way

January 29th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - It's a bitter cold start with temperatures below zero across the area so be prepared as you step outside! The good news is that there is no wind, there's plenty of sunshine and temperatures should make it to near 30 by...

Springfield Fire Crews Clear Potential Hazmat Situation

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January 29th, 2015
photo MGN-Online SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) -- A large amount of steam coming from an Allen St. building early Thursday morning led to a major response from the Springfield Fire Department. Aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner Dennis Leger says...

Investigation Reveals Details of AirAsia Jet’s Final Minutes

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January 29th, 2015
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) INDONESIA (WGGB) -- Investigators provided new details about the crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 early Thursday morning. According to CNN, Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee says the co-pilot was...

Panel Recommending Changes to Military Health Care, Benefits

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January 29th, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say an independent commission is recommending broad changes to the military's retirement and health care systems that could save more than $20 billion over the next four years. The proposals would allow some of...

UMass Amherst Bans Dorm Guests For Superbowl Sunday

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January 28th, 2015
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) -- UMass Amherst has plans in place to tackle any potential trouble this Super Bowl Sunday. "Celebration is great. Rioting and bad behavior isn't," said university spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski. The University is...

Northampton Teens Facing Charges Following Swastika Graffiti, But Not Hate Crimes

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January 28th, 2015
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) -- The Northwestern District Attorney's Office says two teenage girls will be charged after reportedly spray painting swastikas in Northampton - but not with hate crimes. Northampton Police says the girls - ages 14...

Springfield Coalition Looks To Curb Drug Abuse in Local Youth

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January 28th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) -- Opioid abuse is well-documented in our state. Just last year - former Governor Deval Patrick declared a public health emergency aimed at curbing addictions. Wednesday night the Springfield Department of Health and Human...

Firefighters Called to House Fire in Chesterfield

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January 28th, 2015
CHESTERFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Emergency personnel from 5 communities responded to a house fire in Chesterfield tonight. The call came in around 8:45 p.m. for a home located at 311 Old Chesterfield Road. The first started in the home's bathroom...

Study: Insurers May Be Using Drug Costs to Discriminate

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January 28th, 2015
By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from...

Massachusetts Coastal Communities Hit Hard by Blizzard

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January 28th, 2015
By BOB SALSBERG Associated Press MARSHFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Some of the areas hardest hit by the blizzard the tore through Massachusetts were on the state's coastline where ocean front homes took the brunt of raging seas. In seaside...

Serious Crash in Williamsburg Involving Pedestrian

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January 28th, 2015
WILLIAMSBURG, Mass. (WGGB) --  A pedestrian involved in a serious crash in Williamsburg has been transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Both local and State Police were called to the scene Wednesday evening. Sgt. Tom Ryan with...

Massachusetts House to Debate Ending Term Limits on Speaker

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January 28th, 2015
By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts House lawmakers are being asked to consider lifting the rule that limits House speakers to four two-year terms. A copy of the proposed rules to be debated by lawmakers Thursday...

Panel Unanimously OKs Bill Easing Employee Health Care Count

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January 28th, 2015
(Image Courtesy: MGN) By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama's health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker...

Vehicle Sought in Robbery at Chicopee Auto Dealership

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January 28th, 2015
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) --   Police in Chicopee are asking for the public's help in locating a white vehicle they say was recently involved in a larceny at Bob Pion Pontiac Buick GMC on Memorial Drive. The robbery occurred sometime between January...

Holyoke, Springfield Seeing Higher Graduation Rates

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January 28th, 2015
(WGGB) -- The state says graduation rates are up for the eighth consecutive year, and two western Massachusetts communities scored high on the state's list for the percentage of students who are graduating, "What it says is we've been able to...