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UMASS Economics Expert Explains High Poverty Numbers

September 16th, 2014
(AMHERST, Mass.) (WGGB)-- The latest poverty numbers are out. While they show a slight decline in the poverty rate, the overall numbers of poor has not significantly changed. The latest census bureau numbers show that more than 45-million...

New Director Named for Regional VA System

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September 16th, 2014
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the appointment of a new director of VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System on Tuesday. John P. Collins will oversee a comprehensive healthcare system that...

Tuesday Marks Rhode Island Day at The Big E

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September 16th, 2014
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- It may be the smallest state in the union, but Rhode Island has a lot to offer and some of that is on display in the Rhode Island Building. There are souvenirs and crafts abound in the building, including...

Sen. Don Humason Appointed to Military & Security Task Force

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September 16th, 2014
WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- State Senator Don Humason has been appointed to the state's Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force. Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr says he has spoken with Humason a number of times about military and...

The Big E Plays Host to Cookie Contest

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September 16th, 2014
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- What better way to avoid a rainy day outside than tasting some fantastic cookies The Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest was held Tuesday at the New England Center. Amateurs bakers came from near and far...

I Bet Brittany…to Find the Best Hats at The Big E

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September 16th, 2014
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- While at the fairgrounds on Tuesday, ABC40's Brittany Decker was on the hunt - for some of the craziest hats at The Big E. From the most confusing, to fanciest, to confusing, Brittany wanted to find the...

Suffolk Downs: Casino Vote Will End Horse Racing

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September 16th, 2014
(AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File) BOSTON (AP) -- A Suffolk Downs official says horse racing will be coming to an end at the 79-year-old thoroughbred track as a result of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's decision to award a casino license to Wynn...

President Obama: Ebola Outbreak ‘Spiraling Out of Control’

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September 16th, 2014
By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP/WGGB) -- President Barack Obama says the world is looking to the United States to address the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Obama says the U.S. embraces that...

CDC Study: Americans’ Bellies are Expanding Fast

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September 16th, 2014
By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) -- The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures -- the most dangerous kind of obesity -- has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a...

US Military Deaths in Afghanistan at 2,203

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September 16th, 2014
(AP) -- As of Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at least 2,203 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is three less...

Anheuser-Busch ‘Disappointed’ in NFL

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September 16th, 2014
(Image Courtesy: MGN Online) (AP) -- Anheuser-Busch, one of the NFL's biggest sponsors, says it isn't happy with the recent controversy that has engulfed the league. The beer giant issued a statement on Tuesday saying it was "disappointed and...

NASA Picks Boeing and SpaceX to Ferry Astronauts

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September 16th, 2014
By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the...

Grand Jury to Weigh Case of NASCAR’s Tony Stewart

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September 16th, 2014
(AP Photo/Derik Hamilton) CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) -- A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Ontario County District Attorney...

Wynn’s $1.6B Resort Wins Boston Casino License

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September 16th, 2014
Artist Rendering of Wynn Everett (Image Courtesy: Wynn Resorts) BOSTON (WGGB/AP) — Wynn Resorts has bested Mohegan Sun for the lucrative Boston-area casino license. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-1 Tuesday afternoon to award...

Police: Over $700 Stolen from Walmart in Springfield

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September 16th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Police are looking for the public's help in identifying two people they say allegedly stole hundreds of dollars from a local store. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 6:15 p.m. on Friday, September...