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Today: A mix of sun & clouds, a few afternoon showers & thunderstorms, especially north & west, becoming breezy. A few storms could contain hail and gusty winds. Highs: 75-80. Winds: S/SW: 5-15 mph. Tonight: Clearing skies, coo ...
Thursday July 31, 2014
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Humidity: 97%
Dew Point: 54
Wind: NE at 2 mph
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Thursday’s News on the Go

July 31st, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)--ABC40's Tom Lewis and Emily Volz give you all the top headlines of the morning and everything you need to know before you head out the door! It's your News on the Go for this Thursday...

Invasive Beetle Found in Massachusetts

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July 31st, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- An invasive and destructive beetle has been found at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston. State officials say it's the first emerald ash borer to be detected in Suffolk County. The small, green beetle is native to Asia and was...

Mainly Pleasant but A Few Showers & Storms Likely

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July 31st, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - It's another comfortably cool start to the day! Sunshine will mix with clouds this morning and there could be a shower or two but most will stay dry through the morning hours. However,  A fast-moving front and...

Legislature Holds Final Formal Meeting of the Year

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July 31st, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- It could be a long day for state legislators as they rush to complete work on several proposed new laws. Thursday marks the end of formal meetings in the two-year legislative session that began in January 2013. Lawmakers...

Sisters of St. Joseph Enter Sale Agreement for Mont Marie Property

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July 31st, 2014
(Ctsy. iobserve.org) HOLYOKE (WGGB) -- The Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield have signed a purchase and sale agreement for the Mont Marie property in Holyoke. Tryko Partners, LLC plans to acquire the property, which includes the Mont...

Congress Races to Finish Veterans, Highway Bills

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July 31st, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break. Deep divisions cast doubt on any resolution to the...

Israel Calls up Another 16,000 Reserves

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July 31st, 2014
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says it is calling up another 16,000 reserves. Thursday's move gives the military the ability to substantially widen its 23-day-old Gaza offensive. More than 1,360 Palestinians have been killed since the...

ABC40 Investigates: The Pit Bull Debate

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July 30th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) -- It's no stretch to say pit bulls, seemingly more so than any other dogs, are as polarizing as they are popular. Just mentioning them on the news is enough to elicit a strong response from supporters and...

Blue Jays Complete Sweep of Red Sox with 6-1 Win

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July 30th, 2014
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola) BOSTON (AP) -- Mark Buehrle pitched 6 2-3 innings to earn his first win in almost two months and Dioner Navarro had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to their fifth consecutive victory, a 6-1 win...

104th Fighter Wing Takes to the Sky for Night Training

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July 30th, 2014
WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- If you heard the booming sounds of fighter jets tonight, you weren't alone. The 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield has been busy carrying out nighttime training missions these past two...

MA Lawmakers eye Aug. 16-17 for tax free weekend

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July 30th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts shoppers hoping to shave a little off their shopping spree should plan to hit the stores on Aug. 16-17. That's the weekend lawmakers have picked to suspend the state's sales tax for many purchases. The date is...

Gun bill would give chiefs FID card discretion

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July 30th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts police chiefs would have the right to go to court to deny firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns to individuals they feel are unsuitable under a compromise bill released by lawmakers. The bill,...

Massachusetts lawmakers OK 2 spending bills

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July 30th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts lawmakers have given final approval to two bills that would let the state borrow up to $2.3 billion to pay for major infrastructure and information technology projects. A $1.3 billion capital bond bill includes $20...

Ocean safari for white sharks off Cape Cod

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July 30th, 2014
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) -- Two marine conservation groups are offering a daylong ocean safari on Cape Cod to search for great white sharks, humpback whales, gray seals and seabirds in their wild habitat. Organizers say the daylong ocean expedition...

Kennedy cousin Skakel: Spending time with family

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July 30th, 2014
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, Pool, File) STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel says he's spending as much time as he can with family as he awaits a new trial in his murder case. Skakel arrived Wednesday at Stamford Superior Court...