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Thursday April 17, 2014

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Forest Park Revamps Pricing Policies Ahead Of Busy Season

April 16th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) -- It's been the sight of many events benefiting charities, but now a new price policy at Forest Park is leading to some changes. One group, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, is deciding to take their event elsewhere...

Lawrence Man Arrested in Athol on Heroin Charges

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April 16th, 2014
ATHOL, Mass. (WGGB) – A Lawrence man was arrested in Athol after police intercepted him attempting to delivery nearly 100 grams of heroin Wednesday. Julio Morales, 52, was carrying drugs that had a retail street value of $65,000. He was...

Disney on Ice Opens at MassMutual Center

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April 16th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Disney On Ice began its four day run at the MassMutual Center on Wednesday night. It’s always a big hit with kids and their families; children get to see some of their favorite characters come to life. This time...

Majestic Theater’s Last Show of the Season to Open Tomorrow

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April 16th, 2014
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - The Majestic Theater's final play of the 2013-2014 season, "Next to Normal" opens April 17th at 7:30pm. The show is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning musical about the struggles of a family dealing with...

Springfield School Teaches Kids How to Eat Better, Be More Active

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April 16th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – At Gergena School in Springfield’s North End, it was all about teaching kids how to eat better, Wednesday night. Project Coach helped organize the event which also featured other community groups and organizations...

Holyoke Superintendent Addresses How to Solve Problems with Public Schools

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April 16th, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) – Holyoke public schools have been taken over by the state. Now, officials are discussing how to get them back. Superintendent Dr. Sergio Paez addressed the state of the schools Wednesday night, including adding Project...

Traffic Moving Normally after Tractor Trailor Crash on Mass. Pike in Palmer

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April 16th, 2014
PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) -- A tractor-trailer crash snarled traffic for about five miles along the Mass. Turnpike Wednesday evening. State police said cars were getting by very slowly and in the break down lane only. Mass. State Police said the...

MA Native Murdered in Nicaragua

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April 16th, 2014
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A man who confessed to robbing and killing a Wyoming woman found dead this week near a beach in northern Nicaragua has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday. National Police official Glenda Zavala said Fernando...

Candidate Backs Massachusetts ‘Single Payer’ Plan

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April 16th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Democratic candidate for governor Don Berwick is calling for a "fully accountable, single health care payment system" for Massachusetts. Berwick, who served for 17 months as head of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

DEA Announces Major Drug Bust in NYC

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April 16th, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities in New York say they've arrested three suspects in a major drug bust. The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Wednesday that more than $12 million in heroin and crystal meth reportedly was confiscated in the...

House Approves $13B Transportation Bill

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April 16th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- The Massachusetts House has approved a bill authorizing the state to borrow nearly $13 billion to jumpstart major transportation projects around the state. The House voted 149-2 on Wednesday to accept a compromise worked out by...

Gov. Patrick: Appeal of Zohydro Ruling Unlikely

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April 16th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick is leaning against any further court action on the state's bid to ban the powerful new painkiller Zohydro in Massachusetts. A federal judge has issued an injunction against the ban, which Patrick ordered after...

Six Confirmed Dead, Many More Missing

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April 16th, 2014
(AP Photo/Yonhap) MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Six people are now confirmed dead, but there are fears that many more victims will be found in the aftermath of the sinking of a South Korean ferry carrying nearly 500 people -- many of them high...

Legal Arguments Filed in Casino Referendum Appeal

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April 16th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is defending her decision to exclude from the November ballot a voter referendum calling for repeal of the state's 2011 gambling law. Coakley's office filed a 111-page brief...

Study: Diabetic Heart Attacks and Strokes Falling

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April 16th, 2014
By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting. Over the last two decades, the rates of heart...