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Tonight: Clearing (full "worm" moon), frigid late! Lows: -4 to 4. Winds: -> Light NW. Friday: Sunny but continued chilly. Highs: 22-28. Winds: Light W/SW. First Warning Meteorologist Rick Sluben ...
Thu, March 05, 2015
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Survey: Small Businesses Hit Hard by Winter Storms

March 5th, 2015
BOSTON (AP) -- The head of a group representing Massachusetts retailers says a survey of small businesses has confirmed the "worst fears" about the effect on sales by winter storms that dumped more than eight feet of snow in many parts of the...

14th Annual WMAS/Baystate Children’s Hospital Radiothon

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March 5th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Baystate Children's Hospital and 94.7 WMAS are looking for your help.  Over the next three days, you can call in and make a donation to raise money for the Children's Hospital. It's their 14th annual...

Early Childhood Education Advocates Fault Baker Budget Plan

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March 5th, 2015
By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is coming under fire from education advocates who say he missed a critical opportunity in his first state budget proposal to signal his commitment to early...

Cardinal Egan, Retired NY Archbishop, Dies at Age 82

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March 5th, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Roman Catholic Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York, has died. He was 82. The Archdiocese of New York says Egan died Thursday afternoon at a New York hospital. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. Pope...

Tribes, Conn. Lawmakers Discuss Possible New Casinos

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March 5th, 2015
By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- The two tribes that own Connecticut's casino resorts are holding discussions with state lawmakers about opening new casinos as they contend with growing competition in Massachusetts and...

Police Probe ‘Suicide Pact’ in Mass., N.H.

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March 5th, 2015
WINTHROP, Mass. (AP) -- Police are investigating what they're calling a "suicide pact" involving students at schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Authorities said Thursday that the alleged pact involved students in Winthrop, Tewksbury...

Plane Skids Off Runway at LaGuardia Airport

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March 5th, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) -- A plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing Thursday, crashing through a chain-link fence and coming to rest with its nose perilously close to the edge of an icy bay. Photos showed the nose of...

Springfield Police Make Five Drug Arrests

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March 5th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - Springfield Police busted five drug suspects in three different arrests Wednesday. The arrests began just before 9 a.m. Wednesday when Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that police were sent to the area of...

Wellesley College to Admit Transgender Students

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March 5th, 2015
WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) -- Wellesley College is joining a growing list of women's colleges that accept transgender students. President H. Kim Bottomly and trustees' chairwoman Laura Daignault Gates said in a letter Wednesday to the campus...

Fuel Assistance to Help with Long Winter

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March 5th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - This brutal winter has taken its toll on just about everyone's energy budgets, but you may be eligible for help. Springfield Partners for Community Action is offering an Emergency Fuel Program for Hampden County...

Device at Center of “Superbug” Outbreak Not Approved by FDA

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March 5th, 2015
(Courtesy: CDC) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The manufacturer of a medical instrument at the center of a recent "superbug" outbreak in Los Angeles did not receive federal clearance to sell the device, according to officials from the Food and Drug...

MGM Springfield Details Timetable to Gaming Commission

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March 5th, 2015
BOSTON (WGGB/AP) -- MGM executives have outlined their construction schedule for an $800 million resort casino in downtown Springfield. At a rare Springfield meeting for the state gambling commission on Thursday, casino officials said March...

Potholes Force Temporary Closure of Route 5 Tunnel in West Springfield

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March 5th, 2015
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - Potholes closed down a section of Route 5 in West Springfield again Thursday. The northbound side of the tunnel was closed, so crews could again work to fill potholes. It was closed for a couple of...

Parents of Michael Brown Plan to Sue City of Ferguson

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March 5th, 2015
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Lawyers for the parents of an unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb have announced plans to file a civil lawsuit against the city of...

Springfield Announces 311 Pothole Hotline

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March 5th, 2015
SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) - Because they're everywhere, Springfield is announcing a "Pothole Hotline". Springfield DPW Director Chris Cignoli urges residents to report potholes as soon as they're noticed and not to assume the city is already aware....