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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Lightning brightens the sky on a stormy night.  Many call it a light show, free of charge by Mother Nture. However, you could pay in other ways. “She thought she heard a lightning strike pretty close,” says… Read more

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CHICOPEE, Mass (WGGB) — Michelle Mathieson will always be angry that some Chicopee Police officers snapped and spread photos of her daughter Amanda Plasse’s dead body. Now that emotion is leading to a new law. “It’s disgusting, it’s outright… Read more

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(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning. The military says in a statement that the lull will start at 8 a.m. local time Saturday and end at 8… Read more

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(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The federal government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle… Read more

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Westfield Animal Regional Center The Westfield Regional Animal Shelter received a hefty donation this week. Rigali and Walder Orthodontics donated $600 to the shelter for dog DNA tests. The kits will help the shelter properly label their… Read more

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We should stay dry and comfortable overnight and into Saturday until a warm front approaches during the evening. High and mid-level clouds will stream in during the day Saturday and mix in with the warm sunshine. A few sprinkles may reach us… Read more

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REGION (WGGB) — Tonight, the Red Cross is issuing a call for help all across Western Mass. The reason – local blood supplies are desperately low and the need for blood donors is urgent. Ana Parrelli from the American Red Cross joined… Read more

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(Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir is a former Springfield basketball stand-out, who chose not to pursue a professional basketball career due to FIBA’s rule on headscarfs during games.) GENEVA (AP) — Basketball’s governing body will review its ban on players… Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Members of Springfield’s Ordinance Unit and K-9 unit spent part of the day Friday cleaning up “quality of life” issues. Officers concentrated their sweep on the city’s Mason Square neighborhood, including… Read more

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(AMHERST, Mass.) (WGGB)– Amherst is taking action to address issues of racism and diversity in the community. A number of events this year including the targeting of an African-American math teacher have the town looking for… Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Residents of Springfield are now able to absentee vote in the September primary election. Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola says that ballots are now available to eligible voters from the Board of… Read more

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BOSTON (WGGB) — Mass. Governor Deval Patrick will not be paying a visit to Chicopee anytime soon. Patrick was invited by Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos and State Representative Joe Wagner to discuss his offer to the White House to house… Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — In 1971, Richard Nixon was President and Frank Freedman was the Mayor of Springfield.  It was also the year that 22-year-old Kevin Burnham joined the Springfield Police Department. After 43 years of service,… Read more

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(Photo: FBI via AP) BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have renewed their request for a judge to hold a hearing on leaks to the news media. Last month, a judge issued a stern warning to prosecutors… Read more

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men forced a woman into the backseat of her sport utility vehicle at gunpoint, drove off but later lost control and plowed into a group of people on a corner near a fruit stand on Friday, police said. Three children,… Read more