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

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

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...

Candidate McCormick delivers 17,000 signatures

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July 30th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Independent candidate for governor Jeff McCormick says he's submitted more than 17,000 signatures to local city and town clerks to help secure a spot on the November ballot. Once the clerks certify the signatures, McCormick has until...

Workshop Held to Discuss Elder Abuse and Fraud

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July 30th, 2014
  SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- It seems we're hearing about a new phone scam pretty much every day and often the elderly are the target. That's why the Springfield Department of Elder Affairs held a workshop on elder abuse and fraud...

Local Children Go Face-to-Face with Reptiles at Springfield Museums

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July 30th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Reptiles were let loose at the Springfield Museums Wednesday, but no cause for alarm. It was all part of a unique learning experience for local kids. A slithering coiled up snake kept kids enthralled at...

Local Efforts Underway to Help Homeless Youth in Western Mass.

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July 30th, 2014
WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Over 6,000 teens are homeless in Massachusetts and a new bill would provide housing as well as services to help them. Many in western Mass. already see first hand the scope of the problem. Jennifer Diaz...