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Tonight: Mostly clear, comfortable. Lows: 52-58. Winds: Light. Saturday: Morning sun then afternoon increasing clouds. Breezy and warm. Highs: 82-86 (dew points: 50s to near 60). Rick Sluben ...
Friday July 25, 2014
61°
Clear
Feels like 61°
Humidity: 91%
Dew Point: 59
Wind: SSE at 6 mph
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Storm Week: When Lightning Strikes

July 25th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Lightning brightens the sky on a stormy night.  Many call it a light show, free of charge by Mother Nture. However, you could pay in other ways. "She thought she heard a lightning strike pretty close," says...

Mathieson Relieved Amanda’s Law Passes in Mass. House

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July 25th, 2014
CHICOPEE, Mass (WGGB) -- Michelle Mathieson will always be angry that some Chicopee Police officers snapped and spread photos of her daughter Amanda Plasse's dead body. Now that emotion is leading to a new law. "It's disgusting, it's outright...

Israel: 12-Hour Gaza Cease-fire to Start Saturday

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July 25th, 2014
(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning. The military says in a statement that the lull will start at 8 a.m. local time Saturday and end at 8...

US Plans Wide Seismic Testing of Atlantic Seabed

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July 25th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- The federal government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle...

Shelter Gets Big Donation, Buys DNA Tests for Dogs

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July 25th, 2014
Westfield Animal Regional Center The Westfield Regional Animal Shelter received a hefty donation this week. Rigali and Walder Orthodontics donated $600 to the shelter for dog DNA tests. The kits will help the shelter properly label their...

Saturday is Weekend Winner, Sunday Showers Possible

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July 25th, 2014
We should stay dry and comfortable overnight and into Saturday until a warm front approaches during the evening. High and mid-level clouds will stream in during the day Saturday and mix in with the warm sunshine. A few sprinkles may reach us...

Red Cross Issuing Urgent Plea for Blood Donations

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July 25th, 2014
REGION (WGGB) -- Tonight, the Red Cross is issuing a call for help all across Western Mass. The reason - local blood supplies are desperately low and the need for blood donors is urgent. Ana Parrelli from the American Red Cross joined...

FIBA to Review ‘Discriminatory’ Ban on Headgear

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July 25th, 2014
(Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir is a former Springfield basketball stand-out, who chose not to pursue a professional basketball career due to FIBA's rule on headscarfs during games.) GENEVA (AP) — Basketball's governing body will review its ban on players...

Dozens of Violations Issued as Springfield’s Ordinance Unit Conducts Sweep

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July 25th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Members of Springfield's Ordinance Unit and K-9 unit spent part of the day Friday cleaning up "quality of life" issues. Officers concentrated their sweep on the city's Mason Square neighborhood, including...

Amherst Addresses Racism Issue

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July 25th, 2014
(AMHERST, Mass.) (WGGB)-- Amherst is taking action to address issues of racism and diversity in the community. A number of events this year including the targeting of an African-American math teacher have the town looking for...

Absentee Ballots Available in Springfield for Sept. Primary

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July 25th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Residents of Springfield are now able to absentee vote in the September primary election. Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola says that ballots are now available to eligible voters from the Board of...

Patrick Declines Invitation to Meet with Chicopee Leaders Over Immigrant Children

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July 25th, 2014
BOSTON (WGGB) -- Mass. Governor Deval Patrick will not be paying a visit to Chicopee anytime soon. Patrick was invited by Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos and State Representative Joe Wagner to discuss his offer to the White House to house...

Springfield’s Senior Officer, Kevin Burnham, Retires

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July 25th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- In 1971, Richard Nixon was President and Frank Freedman was the Mayor of Springfield.  It was also the year that 22-year-old Kevin Burnham joined the Springfield Police Department. After 43 years of service,...

Marathon Suspect’s Lawyers Want Hearing on Leaks

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July 25th, 2014
(Photo: FBI via AP) BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have renewed their request for a judge to hold a hearing on leaks to the news media. Last month, a judge issued a stern warning to prosecutors...

Carjacked Vehicle Hits Crowd, Killing 3 Kids

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July 25th, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men forced a woman into the backseat of her sport utility vehicle at gunpoint, drove off but later lost control and plowed into a group of people on a corner near a fruit stand on Friday, police said. Three children,...