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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — “No violence as you head back to school.” That positive message going out to students and parents Wednesday night by a local group in Springfield. The group called : “One Springfield: Young People Stand Up,” held… Read more

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NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York’s biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking… Read more

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LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say an arrest has been made in connection with the shooting deaths of two brothers in Lowell. Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that 28-year-old Dara Poum, of Chelsea, had… Read more

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Springfield, MA (WGGB)—Charlie Baker is the top front-runner in the race for governor. He’s been here before having lost to Deval Patrick in 2010. Baker says jobs and education are his top priorities. “For me the big thing is always going to… Read more

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Amherst (WGGB)– Before he became a Journalist, James Foley studied writing at UMass Amherst. The New Hampshire native graduated with a masters degree in 2003. “Jim Foley was a young man of acute intelligence, a young man of great… Read more

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BOSTON (AP) — The chief executive officer of a Boston-based news organization says James Foley’s kidnappers last week threatened to kill him in response to U.S. bombings in Iraq. Foley was freelancing for GlobalPost when he disappeared in… Read more

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Overnight, clouds will increase with a shower possible late. With the cloud cover, it won’t be as cool as previous nights with lows around 60°. A weak area of low pressure tracking to our north and a surface warm front to our west will help… Read more

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury has begun hearing evidence as it weighs possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. St. Louis County prosecutor’s spokesman Ed Magee confirmed the panel heard… Read more

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By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed… Read more

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB)- Making sure children get fed even when they’re not in school. That’s the mission of the federally funded Summer Food Service Program. Since June the Summer Food Service Program has prevented children from going… Read more

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(AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen) FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Officials say a police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at… Read more

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB)- It was the 6th Annual event held at Heritage Park in Holyoke to show appreciation for small business employees and their families. The event is organized by the Mass. Latino Chamber of Commerce. On the menu: a pig-roast… Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A badge pinning ceremony for members of the Springfield Fire Department Wednesday. Seven were promoted to Lieutenant, two to temporary Captains, and one to a District Chief. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and… Read more

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says one of its officers could face serious charges in the videotaped beating of a woman on the side of a freeway. The CHP said it forwarded its investigation Wednesday to the Los Angeles County… Read more

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(AP Photo) By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, the third Sprint Cup race he’s skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr…. Read more