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Thursday April 24, 2014

Rocky's
55°
Clear
Feels like 55°
Humidity: 26%
Dew Point: 21
Wind: N at 18 mph
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Route 5 Tunnel in West Springfield to Reopen Friday

April 24th, 2014
(ABC40 File Photo) WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Over two months after it closed for repairs, the Route 5 tunnel in West Springfield is set to reopen. MassDOT has announced that the tunnel should reopen around 12:00 p.m. on Friday....

Brush Fire Threat Elevated as it Stays Dry & Windy

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April 24th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - It will remain sunny, windy and cool this afternoon with high temperatures near 60.  The story the rest of today will continue to be the winds, which could gust up over 40 mph which may lead to a few power outages....

Local Experts Agree with FDA’s Proposed E-Cigarette Regulations

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April 24th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Sales of e-cigarettes are booming, and right now almost anyone can get their hands on the product. The FDA wants to change that. In just a few years, e-cigarettes have become a multi-billion dollar industry. David...

Emergency Services at North Adams Region. Hospital Could Resume in May

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April 24th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- An agreement has been reached that could reopen emergency services at North Adams Regional Hospital in a few weeks. The agreement between trustees for North Adams Regional Hospital and officials with Berkshire...

Mass. Mom Gives Birth to 14.5 Pound Baby

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April 24th, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. (ABC) -- Carisa has a good set of lungs and everything else is working fine, all 14.5 pounds of her. Just ask Mom who delivered 24 hours ago. "I Heard the weight and I was like 'Oh my God.' It validated me 'cause I was in a...

Police Investigating After Rabbit Heads Left in Westfield Mailboxes

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April 24th, 2014
WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Police are investigating after severed rabbit heads were found in mailboxes this week. Westfield Police Capt. Michael McCabe says that on Monday, officers were called out to Willis Street after someone found a...

Postal Workers Union to Protest Staples Program

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April 24th, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of postal workers around the country are expected to protest the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with retail employees. Thursday's protests are planned at 50 locations in 27 states,...

Maine Couple Charged by Moose Could Face Charges

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April 24th, 2014
MAINE (WGGB) -- The couple whose encounter with a moose went viral may be facing charges. The couple caught the moose sighting on camera while they were snowmobiling on a trail in Maine. The video shows the moose running towards the man, who...

State Legislators to Discuss Legalizing, Taxing Marijuana

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April 24th, 2014
Photo MGN and Medical Marijuana Cure BOSTON (WGGB) -- Legislators will hold a hearing on Thursday to discuss a bill that would legalize some amounts of marijuana, allowing the state to regulate and tax the substance like they do...

Jury Selected for Trial of Suspect in Berkshire Triple-Murder

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April 24th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Jury selection in the trial of a North Adams man charged with helping to kill three Pittsfield men has been completed. Opening statements in 47-year-old David Chalue's trial are scheduled to take place Friday in Hampden...

Thursday’s News on the Go 4/24

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April 24th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)--Nurses to protest at bankruptcy hearing, railroad delays frustrating local communities, and more concern for brush fires on this windy day! ABC40's Tom Lewis and Emily Volz bring you your News on the Go for this Thursday...

BASE Jumpers Break Record from World’s Tallest Building

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April 24th, 2014
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (WGGB) -- A group of BASE jumpers broke a world record by leaping from the pinnacle of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building in Dubai. The professional BASE jumpers leaped from the building's highest point,...

Windy & Dry Conditions Elevate Brush Fire Threat

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April 24th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - It will be bright and sunny today but also very windy! Winds could gust up over 40 mph along with a few possible power outages. The strong winds combined with low humidity levels, strong April sunshine and the recent...

FDA Proposes First Regulations for E-Cigarettes

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April 24th, 2014
By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Tobacco Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels. While the proposal being issued Thursday...

Governor Patrick to Sign Anti-Bullying Bill

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April 24th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick is planning to sign a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law by strengthening protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities. Massachusetts...