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Massachusetts Soldier’s Funeral Scheduled for Monday

April 18th, 2015
NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- The town of Northbridge is paying its final respects to a local soldier killed in Afghanistan. A wake for Cpl. John Dawson is scheduled for Sunday at the Carr Funeral Home in the village of Whitinsville. His...

New England’s Snowy Winter Pushes Back Gardening Season

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April 18th, 2015
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The historic barrage of snow and cold in New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses as well as gardeners eager to get outside and in the dirt....

Communities Already Spending Money Trickling in from Casinos

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April 18th, 2015
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts cities and towns already are seeing gambling windfalls even before the first casino has opened its doors. Fifteen communities have received roughly $5 million from the state's three licensed casino operators...

Massachusetts Statehouse Offering Access to Kennedy Statue

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April 18th, 2015
(AP Photo/Boston Herald, Mark Garfinkel) BOSTON (AP) -- Visitors to the Massachusetts Statehouse will once again be able to view the statue of former President John F. Kennedy up close. Beginning on Tuesday, visitors to the historic gold-domed...

Brush Fire Risk High This Weekend

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April 18th, 2015
REGION (WGGB) - Some communities have begun banning opening burning this weekend as dry weather and blustery winds raise the risk for brush fires. Among those communities, Wilbraham, whose fire department tweeted the ban early Saturday...

Saturday Morning News on the Go 4/18

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April 18th, 2015
(WGGB) - Springfield Police hand out thousands of dollars in trash related citations. Meanwhile, preparations are underway for the 2015 Boston Marathon, while Amherst prepares for this year's Extravaganja. All that in your Saturday Morning News on...

A Warm & Windy Saturday

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April 18th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- We are off to a sunny start this morning and overall it is shaping up to be a nice Saturday though we are going to be dealing with a gusty wind later this afternoon. Because of the dry conditions and that gusty wind...

Attorneys Seek Dismissal of Charges in Islamic State Case

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April 18th, 2015
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) CHICAGO (AP) -- Attorneys for a Chicago-area man charged with trying to join the Islamic State group in Syria are seeking the dismissal of the charges. Lawyers for 19-year-old Mohammed Hamzah Khan also filed a...

Beating the Odds: Wilbraham Man with MS to Run Boston Marathon

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April 17th, 2015
WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WGGB) -- A Wilbraham man diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis is taking on a huge challenge. He's running the Boston Marathon on Monday. Bernardo Cuadra, of Wilbraham, was diagnosed with MS four years ago. "Never once did...

Springfield Police Handing Out Citations for Blighted Properties

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April 17th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB) -- Over 3,000 citations have been given out in Springfield so far this year and that number is still growing.  It's an effort to get folks to clean up their trash. The 8 foot snow drifts are all gone and large pieces of...

Gas-Line Blast Closes Major Highway in California, Injures 11

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April 17th, 2015
By SCOTT SMITH Associated Press FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims says 11 people were injured in a large gas-pipeline explosion that shut down a major highway in the region. Mims says three of the people injured...

Dog Shows Underway at the Big E this Weekend

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April 17th, 2015
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB) -- The New England Spring Classic Dog Shows are this weekend at the Big E fairgrounds. You can see all kinds of pooches as they strut their stuff. Dogs go through conformation, obedience and there's a microchip...

Pet Disaster Relief Trailer Donated to Springfield

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April 17th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB) -- Springfield is now more prepared to help area residents in the event of another natural disaster. The city received an AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer Friday.  It was donated by eleven state dog clubs and the Eastern...

Amherst Police Preparing for ‘Extravaganja’ on Town Common

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April 17th, 2015
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) -- Thousands of people will descend on Amherst Saturday, voicing their support for the legalization of marijuana. The event is called 'Extravaganja' and it's organized by the UMass Cannabis Reform...

Local NAACP Leader Reacts to ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protest in Springfield

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April 17th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- The president of the local NAACP is coming out and voicing his opinion on Monday afternoon's 'Black Lives Matter' protest in Springfield. While Bishop Talbert Swan commends the protesters for fighting, he says...