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Today: A mixture of sunshine and clouds. Breezy and warm. Highs: 80-84 (dew points: 50s to near 60). Winds: SW 5-15 mph. Tonight: Increasing clouds and milder. Lows: 62-66. Winds: S 5-10 mph. Have a great day. Don Maher ...
Saturday July 26, 2014
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Police Seek Suspects in Overnight Shootings

July 26th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) - Springfield Police are looking for suspects in two shootings that happened overnight. The first occurred just before 1 a.m. on Sumner Avenue. Police were alerted to the incident by the Shot Spotter system. When they arrived...

Embattled Grocery Chain Asks Workers to Return

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July 26th, 2014
By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) -- The beleaguered New England grocery store chain Market Basket is appealing to workers to return after a week of protests and halted store deliveries demanding the return of its...

No Truce, but 12-hour Lull in Gaza Fighting Begins

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July 26th, 2014
(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire has begun to allow civilians in Gaza to receive aid and evacuate to safer areas. The Israeli military says Saturday's 12-hour pause began at 8 a.m....

Storm Week: When Lightning Strikes

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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...

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,...