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Friday August 01, 2014
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Lawmakers Pass Major Bills as Two-Year Session Ends

August 1st, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts lawmakers have approved several major pieces of legislation, blowing past a midnight deadline in a somewhat chaotic finish to the end of formal meetings in their two-year session. Among those bills sent to Gov. Deval...

Player-Tracking Sensors in Shoulder Pads to be Tested in 2014

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August 1st, 2014
(Courtesy NFL) (WGGB) -- The NFL is taking the next step into advanced statistics in player tracking during games and they hope that it will change the way fans watch the games from home and in the stadium. This season, every NFL player will...

Four Killed by Israeli Tanks Hours into Three-Day Cease-Fire

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August 1st, 2014
(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza officials say at least four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli tank fire nearly two hours after Israel and Hamas began observing a three-day cease-fire. Health Ministry...

Tropical Storm Bertha Forms in the Atlantic

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August 1st, 2014
MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami said the tropical storm's maximum sustained winds Thursday night were near 45 mph (75...

Man Violently Resists Arrest after Allegedly Destroying Property

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July 31st, 2014
HADLEY (WGGB) -- Hadley Police arrested a suspect who damaged a homeĀ and struggled violently with Police Tuesday night. Anselmo Alonso, 39, of Chicopee is in custody facing several charges, including defacing public property and resisting...

Legislature Passes On Fire Sprinkler Vote, Debate Continues

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July 31st, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass (WGGB) -- Two weeks ago, three kids and four adults were killed in Lowell when their apartment building erupted in flames overnight. "One sprinkler head activated could have possibly kept that fire in check and allowed the fire...

Sudan Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith Lands in New Hampshire

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July 31st, 2014
MANCHESTER, NH (AP) -- A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence that was later overturned has arrived in New Hampshire to the cheers of relatives and friends gathered with balloons, flowers and...

Officials: US citizen from Boston killed by bandits in Haiti

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July 31st, 2014
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- U.S. officials say an American citizen of Haitian descent was killed by armed robbers shortly after arriving in her Caribbean homeland to visit relatives. The U.S. State Department on Thursday identified the victim...

Appeal to be filed Aug. 14 for Whitey Bulger

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July 31st, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for former crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger say they'll file their appeal of his 2013 convictions with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 14. Eighty-four-year-old Bulger is serving life in prison. He was...

PAC disclosure bill heading to Gov. Patrick’s desk

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July 31st, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- A bill designed to tighten reporting requirements for independent political expenditures, including those made by political action committees known as super PACs is heading to Gov. Deval Patrick's desk. Under the bill given final...

Over 400 Packets of Heroin Seized During Springfield Arrest

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July 31st, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- A Springfield man, wanted on several warrants, is under arrest after he tried to flush packets of Heroin down a toilet. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that Thursday morning, members of the department's...

Nuttelman’s Florist Robbed, Daughter’s Wedding Money Stolen

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July 31st, 2014
Nuttelman's Florist It was supposed to be a regular day for Chip. He walked into his flower shop, but quickly noticed something was very wrong. "When I did see the safe, I just....I knew. It's just scary. You don't know if someone's still...

US Stocks Plunge Over 300 Points, Wiping Out July’s Gains

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July 31st, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks had their worst one-day drop since February as traders worried about weak corporate earnings and the looming end of economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. The drop interrupted a prolonged advance in the market...

State: Fmr. Westfield State President Spent $180K for Personal Use

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July 31st, 2014
BOSTON (WGGB) -- A state investigation says that former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle spent over $180,000 in university money for personal expenses during his time with the school. Dobelle retired late last year, just...

North Adams Hospital Gets New Ownership

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July 31st, 2014
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (WGGB) -- The former North Adams Regional Hospital finally has new ownership. At a hearing today, Berkshire Medical Center was the highest bidder. The hospital closed in March due to financial troubles, leaving more than 500...