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Wednesday August 20, 2014
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Another American Hostage at Risk by Islamic State

August 20th, 2014
AP Photo/Steven Senne, File WASHINGTON (AP) -- Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq. The...

Protesters Fill Ferguson Streets Ahead of Attorney General’s Visit

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August 20th, 2014
(AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The streets of Ferguson are filled once more tonight with protesters demonstrating against the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot Aug. 9 by...

Mass., New Hampshire Dog Owners Warned of Deadly Virus

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August 20th, 2014
ALLENSTOWN, N.H. (AP) -- Dog owners in New Hampshire are being warned about a deadly virus that has killed more than a dozen dogs in Massachusetts. Parvovirus can cause intense defecation and vomiting. The disease is transmitted when healthy dogs...

Official: 3 of 5 Child Hostages Freed in Illinois

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August 19th, 2014
HARVEY, Ill. (AP) -- A city spokesman says three of the five children who were being held hostage at a home in the southern suburb of Chicago have been released in good condition. Authorities were negotiating Tuesday evening with two men...

Western Mass Reacts to New Gun Laws

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August 19th, 2014
 REGIONAL, Western Mass. (WGGB) -- Gun laws are becoming tighter after Governor Patrick signed "An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence" last week. Governor Patrick's new bill on gun safety is just another step Massachusetts is taking...

Company Recalls Variety of Peanut, Almond Butter

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August 19th, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination. The company said Tuesday that there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut...

Senate Democrats Demand Liquid Nicotine Rules

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August 19th, 2014
By STEPHEN SINGER Associated Press FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) -- A dozen Senate Democrats are pushing federal legislation to require child-proof bottles for liquid nicotine used for e-cigarettes. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Elizabeth Esty,...

US officials: Video Shows American’s Execution

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August 19th, 2014
AP Photo/Steven Senne, File By LARA JAKES and JULIE PACE Published: 12 minutes ago WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two U.S. officials say they believe American journalist James Foley was the victim executed by Islamic State militants as shown in a...

FDA Approves New Drug for Rare Genetic Disease

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August 19th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new capsule-based drug to treat Gaucher's disease. Regulators approved the new drug, Cerdelga, for patients with the Type 1 form of the rare genetic disorder, which causes...

Texas Gov. Perry Booked on Abuse of Power Charges

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August 19th, 2014
  (Travis County Sheriff''s Office) By WILL WEISSERT and PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Gov. Rick Perry has been booked on two felony counts of abuse of power for carrying out a threat to veto funding to state...

Market Basket Dispute Impacts South Deerfield Farm

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August 19th, 2014
South Deerfield, Mass. (WGGB)- A local farm is losing big bucks as a result of the Market Basket dispute. For over a month employees have been protesting the grocery store chain. Although the closest supermarket locations are in Central...

Three-Day Farm Tour Visits Valley Malt in Hadley

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August 19th, 2014
HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB)- In support of local agriculture, a district-wide farm tour began today. U.S. Representative Jim McGovern joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Edward Avalos, and other...

Greenfield Schools Ready to Meet Homeless Students’ Needs

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August 19th, 2014
GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Local school systems are getting ready for the opening day of classes. In Greenfield, they are also preparing for an additional challenge of educating a number of homeless students who are living in motels in...

Tackling the High Cost of Raising a Child

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August 19th, 2014
(WGGB) -- Last night, we told you that the cost of raising a child is going up. The USDA data finds the average cost to raise a child up to the age of 18 is $245,000, and back-to-school time can be even more of a stress on parents -- who spend...

Phase One of Greenfield High Project Nearing Completion

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August 19th, 2014
GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- When Greenfield High School students go back to school in two weeks, they will see a new high school. Final preparations continue on phase one of the new high school project. Some 500 students will be heading...