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Today: Cloudy, cool and damp with scattered showers. Highs: 66-70. Winds: E 5-10 mph. Tonight: A few lingering showers possible, otherwise cloudy. Lows: 56-60. Winds: Light E. Tomorrow: Morning cloudiness followed by increasing ...
Friday August 22, 2014
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Agawam Family Asks School to Ban Peanuts

August 21st, 2014
AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) -- Playing in her Agawam backyard, 5-year-old Samantha Gagne looks ready to tackle the world. But a small bracelet on her wrist tells a different story. "She was around 2 years old and she picked up an empty wrapper off...

Ford Recalling More Than 160,000 Vehicles

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August 21st, 2014
DETROIT (AP) -- Ford is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues. The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says their engines could hesitate...

Greater Springfield Parvo Virus Cases Rising

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August 21st, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- The number of Parvo cases in dogs is on the rise in greater Springfield.   Parvo is a highly contagious virus that's often passed on through vomit and feces. Unvaccinated dogs are especially susceptible...

Agawam Police Investigating Rise in Daytime Break-In Calls

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August 21st, 2014
AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) -- Police in Agawam are alerting residents to an increase in reports of daytime break-ins. Agawam Police Det. Sgt. Steven Grasso says that, over the past several weeks, the department has seen daytime breaking and...

Guilty Plea from Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Friend

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August 21st, 2014
(AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File) by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly...

New US Restrictions on Painkiller to Take Effect

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August 21st, 2014
by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug...

Missouri Governor Orders Withdrawl of Guard from Ferguson

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August 21st, 2014
(AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen) FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally...

Death of Conn. Toddler Left in Hot Car Ruled a Homicide

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August 21st, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The death of a 15-month-old Connecticut boy who was left in a hot car in July has been ruled a homicide. The office of the state medical examiner determined that Benjamin Seitz died of hyperthermia after he was...

ABC40 Traffic Alert: Agawam Parade on Saturday

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August 21st, 2014
AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) -- Motorists heading through Agawam this weekend may see delays due to a parade. Agawam Police Sgt. Jennifer Blanchette says that several roads will be impacted when the parade will steps off at 2 p.m. Saturday from...

Forum Held to Discuss Race Relations in Amherst

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August 21st, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) -- Using the airwaves to air out racial discord in Amherst as a broadcast on WHMP radio was dedicated to bringing to light a topic that is often swept under the rug. Bob Flaherty is one of the hosts on WHMP. He...

Construction Crew Hits, Breaks Gas Line in Longmeadow

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August 21st, 2014
LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) -- Crews have been able to shut down gas following an earlier leak in Longmeadow. Longmeadow Fire Chief Eric Madison says that late Thursday morning, a construction crew hit a two-inch gas line near 136 Dwight...

UMass Police Looking for Man Following Indecent Exposure Incident

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August 21st, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) -- UMass is warning the public to be on the lookout for a man they say exposed himself in a university parking lot. UMass Police say a woman parked her car Wednesday in Lot 25 along Commonwealth Avenue when another car...

2 American Ebola Patients Released from Hospital

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August 21st, 2014
by KATIE FOODY and JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital after nearly three weeks of treatment,...

Family Dollar Rejects Dollar General Offer

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August 21st, 2014
(Ross Taylor/Associated Press) MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) -- Family Dollar is rebuffing Dollar General's takeover bid, citing antitrust issues. The discounter's board supports its existing merger with Dollar Tree. Family Dollar Stores Inc. Chairman...

Justice Dept. Announces $17B Settlement with Bank of America

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August 21st, 2014
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by PETE YOST and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has announced a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in...