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This Afternoon: Mostly cloudy, some sun, blustery and chilly. Highs: 37-42. (wind chills: 25-35). Winds: W/NW 10-25 mph. Tonight: Clearing skies, brisk & chilly. Lows: 20-25. Winds: Light. Have a great day! First Warning Meteorol ...
Thu, December 18, 2014
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99-Year-Old Woman Robbed While Delivering Cookies

December 18th, 2014
WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) -- Police in Connecticut say a 99-year-old woman was robbed of her purse while delivering cookies to a local community center. Police say the woman was walking outside the L.P. Wilson Community Center in Windsor at about 9...

Van on Car in Downtown Holyoke

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December 18th, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) -- Police are investigating after a van ends up on the hood of a car in downtown Holyoke Emergency crews responded to the crash near Dwight and Maple Streets around 11 a.m. Thursday. No other information is...

Search Ongoing for Missing Woman from Orange

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December 18th, 2014
(Cynthia Ayer / Photo Courtesy: NW Mass. Incident Mgmt. Team) ORANGE, Mass. (WGGB) -- Crews from several departments are searching for a missing woman from Orange. Terry Dun, Deputy Team Leader for the Northwest Mass. Incident Management...

Average US 30-Year Loan Rate Falls to 3.80 Percent

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December 18th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year. The rates' historically low levels could be a boon to potential homebuyers. Mortgage company...

Mass. Gains Jobs, Unemployment Rate Down

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December 18th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts gained an estimated 13,500 jobs in November while the unemployment rate stood at 5.8 percent, down from 6 percent in the previous month. The office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday the state's...

Ford Expands Drivers Air Bag Recall Nationwide

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December 18th, 2014
DETROIT (AP) -- Ford says it's expanding a recall for faulty driver's side air bag inflators to the entire U.S. as demanded by the government. The move adds 447,000 Ford vehicles to the list of those recalled due to driver's inflators made by...

A Dry Stretch Through the Weekend

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December 18th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - It will be brisk and chilly this afternoon under mostly cloudy skies. Although temperatures will touch 40 degrees in many spots a gusty wind out of the northwest will make it feel like it's in the 20s and 30s. Be sure to...

Putin Won’t Force Exporters to Sell Currency to Save Ruble

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December 18th, 2014
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin says there are no plans to introduce obligations for exporters to sell their hard currency earnings to help stabilize the ruble. He said Thursday that the government should work with exporters to help...

TONIGHT AT 5 – 40 Force: Northampton

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December 18th, 2014
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The 40 Force is WGGB and our neighbors, working together to make a difference in Western Massachusetts. Once again this holiday season, the 40 Force is highlighting the best of cities and town across Western Mass,...

One Dead, Several Injured when Calif. Woman Drives into Crowd

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December 18th, 2014
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Police say one person is dead and several are injured after a woman drove into a group of pedestrians outside a Southern California church where a Christmas performance had just ended. Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe...

AP: Hundreds of Children Die as Authorities Fail to Protect

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December 18th, 2014
BUTTE, Montana (AP) -- An Associated Press investigation has found that at least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span while in plain view of child protection officials. The children lost their lives even as...

Update: House Fire in Gill Started in Chimney

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December 17th, 2014
GILL, Mass. (WGGB) -- Investigators have determined the house fire in Gill last Friday started in the chimney, and quickly spread to the rest of the building. Investigators say lack of maintenance of the chimney caused cracks in the mortar...

Call and Volunteer Firefighter Graduation in Easthampton

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December 17th, 2014
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) -- A salute to public service in Easthampton Wednesday night. Two dozen men and women graduated to become volunteer firefighters in communities across Western Massachusetts. The recruits were part of a...

Thompsonville, Conn. Fire Chief Suspended Without Pay

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December 17th, 2014
ENFIELD, Conn. (WGGB) -- The Thompsonville, Conn. fire chief has been suspended without pay. The Fire Commission says Frank Alaimo will be away from the job for four weeks. It comes in the wake of the deaths of four people in a house...

Certification to Use Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts

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December 17th, 2014
photo MGN-Online GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- A local doctor has opened a practice in Greenfield to certify patients to use medical marijuana. Doctor Kwesi Ntiforo -- who splits his time between Massachusetts and New York -- wants to make...