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Thursday April 17, 2014

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MEMA and Boston Athletic Association Announce App for Marathon Safety Alerts

April 17th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online / Boston Athletic Assoc.) BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) – Security is expected to be extra-heightened at this year’s Boston Marathon and now there’s a way for you to stay in the know too. The Boston Athletic...

Woman Arrested After Drunk Driving, Striking Pedestrian

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April 17th, 2014
FEEDING HILLS, Mass. (WGGB) – One man is in the hospital after a woman allegedly hit him while driving under the influence in Agawam early Thursday morning. Agawam Police received the call just after midnight for a car versus pedestrian in the...

State Police Team Reflect on Capture of Bombing Suspect a Year Ago

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April 17th, 2014
(FRAMINGHAM, Mass.) (WGGB)--Massachusetts police have beefed up security for this year's Boston Marathon. State police will have four helicopters hovering over the 26-mile marathon route,"They'll be up on Monday, just as they do regular patrol...

Worthington Wins in State Senate to Separate from Regional School District

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April 17th, 2014
HUNTINGTON, Mass. (WGGB) - The fate of a western Mass school district is decided in Boston. The town of Worthington is seeking to withdraw from Gateway Regional School District. Thursday, the issue went to the Senate floor and...

Area Florists See Brisk Week of Business

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April 17th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Area florists are dealing with an especially busy week this year. Not only is Easter around the corner, but Passover and Greek Easter fall in the same week as well. Filling orders for various services are keeping...

Elderly Man Displaced After Fire at Home in Orange

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April 17th, 2014
ORANGE, Mass. (WGGB) – Orange Fire officials responded to a house fire Thursday afternoon. It was at a single-family residence at 115 Brookside Road where an elderly man lived by himself. An initial investigation into the blaze showed an...

Chelsea Clinton Expecting First Child

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April 17th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online / Gbcue / Wikicommons2008) by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year. The daughter of former President Bill...

Two Men Arrested in Amherst on Drug Charges

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April 17th, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) -- An anti-crime task force investigation has led to the arrest of two men on drug charges. Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney's office, says that on Tuesday afternoon, investigators executed a...

Ware Man Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud

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April 17th, 2014
BOSTON (WGGB) -- A Ware man is set to be sentenced later this year after he pleaded guilty defrauding the Social Security Administration of over $50,000. The office of U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz says that 43-year-old Carl...

Holyoke Students Celebrate Reading with Community

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April 17th, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB)- All students and teachers in Holyoke are participating in a district-wide 25 books campaign. The goal for the program is to read  at least 25 books and one million words in a year. Thursday, Donahue School...

President Obama: 8 Million Signed Up for Health Care

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April 17th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says 8 million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges. That's 1 million more than congressional scorekeepers had initially projected. Obama also says 35 percent...

All-Clear Given After Bomb Threat at UMass Boston

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April 17th, 2014
BOSTON (WGGB) -- A building on the campus of UMass Boston was evacuated Thursday following a bomb threat. The university issued a campus alert and tweeted around 12:45 p.m. that there was possibly a bomb in Wheatley Hall. As a result,...

Mass. State Police to Keep an Eye on Boston Marathon from the Sky

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April 17th, 2014
(ABC40's Ray Hershel goes airborne with the Air Wing) FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WGGB) -- Law enforcement are set to have a heavy presence on the ground for Monday's 118th running of the Boston Marathon. However, there will be an increased...

Patrick Names Gants State’s Chief Justice

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April 17th, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: Mass. Supreme Jud. Court) By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick has nominated Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ralph Gants to serve as the chief justice of the state's highest court. If...

President Obama Hopeful for Ukraine Following Talks

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April 17th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern. Obama says his hope is that Russia will follow through in the next several days...