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Thursday April 24, 2014

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Falcons Teaming Up with Keep Springfield Beautiful to Fight Blight

April 23rd, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Members of the Springfield Falcons joined Keep Springfield Beautiful Wednesday morning in the battle against blight. It's an effort to create, execute and promote clean, green, sustainable solutions. A...

Going Green and Helping Domestic Violence Victims at the Same Time

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April 23rd, 2014
NORTHAMPTON, Msas. (WGGB) -- In honor of Earth Day, Verizon is teaming up with Womanshelter in Holyoke and Safe Passage in Northampton to keep an environmentally friendly program running. It's called Hopeline and they are collecting...

UMass Boston Student Charged in 2 Bomb Threats

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April 23rd, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- A University of Massachusetts Boston student has pleaded not guilty to making two recent bomb threats to the same campus building. Twenty-nine-year-old senior Dean Beckford of Somerville was arraigned Wednesday in Suffolk...

Batteries in Baby Video Monitors Recalled

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April 23rd, 2014
WASHINGTON (WGGB/AP) -- Summer Infant is recalling about 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in baby video monitors because of a burn hazard. The Woonsocket, R.I.-based manufacturer has received 22 reports of overheated and ruptured batteries,...

Gov. Patrick: Court Ruling on College Admissions ‘Troubling’

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April 23rd, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is calling the Supreme Court's ruling allowing voters to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions "very troubling." Patrick said the decision allows voters to use the referendum...

Western Mass. Senate Candidate Challenging Opponent’s Residency

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April 23rd, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- State Senate Candidate and Springfield City Councilor Tim Allen is taking issue with one of his opponent's residency. Allen is filing an objection with the state's Ballot Law Commission, claiming that Eric...

NYPD Twitter Photo Campaign Backfires

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April 23rd, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: Neil / MGN Online) NEW YORK (WGGB) -- What was supposed to be a opportunity for community outreach by the New York City Police Department appears to have backfired. City residents and tourists alike take pictures all the time...

Zogenix Objects to New Mass. Restrictions

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April 23rd, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- The San Diego company that makes a powerful new prescription painkiller called Zohydro says it's disappointed with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's decision to impose new restrictions on the drug after a federal judge ruled that...

UMass Fraternity Holds 36 Hour Stationary Bike-A-Thon

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April 23rd, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) -- Wednesday brought less-than-ideal biking weather. But under the cover of a pop-up shelter, Anthony Pontrelli, a member of Pi Kappa Phi at UMass Amherst, had already pedaled several hours by noon. "I'm signed up...

Palmer DPW Director Arrested on 2nd DUI Charge

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April 23rd, 2014
(ABC40 File Photo) PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) -- Palmer's DPW Director is facing charges after allegedly driving under the influence. Palmer Police Chief Robert Frydryk said around 7:30 p.m., officers reportedly said a car moving erratically on...

Conn. Man Charged in Yale Hoax Threat

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April 23rd, 2014
(AP Photo/New Haven Register, Arnold Gold, File) NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Police say they have charged a Connecticut man with making a call in November in which he falsely claimed an armed man was on his way to shoot up Yale University. New...

Mass. Horse Track Warns 2014 Season Could Be Last

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April 23rd, 2014
(AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File) BOSTON (AP) -- Suffolk Downs is warning that the 2014 season could be the last one at New England's only thoroughbred track unless Mohegan Sun is awarded the eastern Massachusetts resort casino license. Suffolk...

Mass. Girl Burned When Hair Gets Stuck in Toaster

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April 23rd, 2014
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- An 11-year-old Lowell girl was taken to a hospital after her hair got caught in a toaster and she suffered serious burns to her forehead. Police tell The Sun that emergency crews responded to a home at about 4:30 p.m....

Showers and a Little Sun Leads to Rainbow

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April 23rd, 2014
BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WGGB) -  Skies have been mostly cloudy this morning with a few showers here and there.  However, there has also been a little sunshine mixed in too. The combination of sun and showers created a rainbow over the skies of...

Massachusetts Homes Sales Down in March

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April 23rd, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Two organizations that follow the state's real estate market say a shortage of homes on the market is driving down sales while driving up prices. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors reported Wednesday that the number of sales...