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Thursday April 24, 2014

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Springfield Officials Attend Summit in Roxbury to Discuss Gun Trafficking

April 24th, 2014
SRPINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Gun violence continues to take lives in Massachusetts. Firearms crimes are on the rise despite tough gun control laws in the Bay State. A summit, hosted by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, was held at Roxbury Community...

Advocates Urge Lawmakers for Access to Marijuana

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April 24th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- The move to legalize marijuana for recreational use continues in Massachusetts. A legislative committee heard testimony today on a bill that would legalize and tax marijuana. The bill called the Cannabis...

Piccolo Restaurant Delivered Cease and Desist After Stabbing Incident

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April 24th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Piccolo Restaurant in Springfield has been handed a Demand to Cease and Desist Operating without Common Victualler License by the city of Springfield. The restaurant came under scrutiny by city officials after an...

Firefighters Battle Massive Barn Fire in Chicopee

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April 24th, 2014
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) -- Firefighters have contained a massive barn fire in Chicopee. Crews were called to the area of 864 Montgomery Street just before 3:00 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses tell ABC40 that they heard two sounds - described as...

Yankees’ Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar

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April 24th, 2014
(AP Photo/ESPN) by HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended for 10 games for using pine tar to help him grip the ball. The commissioner's office announced the penalty...

Crews Battling Brush Fire in Holyoke

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April 24th, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) -- Firefighters in the Paper City are working to put out a brush fire. The fire is currently burning not far from Community Field, which is off Route 202. Dry, windy conditions are being found across western...

FDA Oks First-Ever DNA Alternative to Pap Smear

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April 24th, 2014
By MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health regulators have cleared a genetic test from Roche as the first ever U.S.-approved alternative to the Pap smear, the decades-old mainstay of cervical cancer...

First Lady Gets Resume from Girl with Jobless Dad

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April 24th, 2014
(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) by NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees has taken a somber turn. A young girl in the front row at...

Measles Off to a Fast Start, as US Cases Trend Up

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April 24th, 2014
By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996. Authorities say 129 cases in 13...

Route 5 Tunnel in West Springfield to Reopen Friday

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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....

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...

ABC Signs Stephanopoulos to Contract Extension

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April 24th, 2014
(ABC/Fred Lee) NEW YORK (AP) -- ABC News has signed George Stephanopoulos to a contract extension, the last member of its "Good Morning America" team to agree to a new deal. ABC News President James Goldston said Thursday that Stephanopoulos...

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...