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Today: Mainly cloudy and milder with some morning mist or a shower, mainly dry this afternoon with a few bright spots possible - especially north. Highs: 40-46. Winds: W/NW 5-15 mph. Have a great Wednesday! First Warning Meteo ...
Wed, March 04, 2015
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Municipal Electric Companies Charge Significantly Lower Rates

March 2nd, 2015
(WGGB) - Electric bills aren’t skyrocketing for all customers and some people are asking why. "Investor owned utilities are only allowed to contract for power 6 months in advance which essentially exposes their customers to short term market...

Casino Ethics Law Approved by City Council, Mayor to Review Next

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March 2nd, 2015
SpringSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- The Springfield City Council has passed the proposed casino ethics law in a 13 to 0 vote Monday night and it now heads to the Mayor's desk for final approval. This according to City Council President, Michael...

Solar Energy Helping With High Electric Bills?

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March 2nd, 2015
(WGGB) - Solar Energy is becoming more of a conversation now that electric bills for many are through the roof. “With a solar array you can produce your own electricity and eliminate your bill,” Gregory Garrison, President of Northeast...

More Businesses Turn to Insurance for Protection Against Hackers

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March 2nd, 2015
SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) -- It seems every week there's another company that's been hacked. Who can forget the massive cyber-attack on Target just before the holiday's in 2013, when a hacker stole more than 40 million credit and debit card...

Holyoke School District Review by State Presented to School Committee

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March 2nd, 2015
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) --  The Holyoke school district review by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was presented Monday night before the school committee highlighting the positives and the negatives. Our crew who attended the...

Google Selling Wireless Plans to Get More People Online

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March 2nd, 2015
By JOSEPH WILSON and MICHAEL LIEDTKE Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider? Google wants more people to get online so they can search around...

Defense Files 4th Bid to Move Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

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March 2nd, 2015
(Photo: FBI via AP) By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer BOSTON (AP) -- Defense attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) have filed a fourth motion to move his trial from the city. The...

House Backs Bill to Force VA Execs to Give Back Bonuses

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March 2nd, 2015
By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House on Monday approved a bill allowing the Veterans Affairs secretary to force senior executives to repay bonuses if the employees engaged in misconduct. The bill, approved on a voice...

North Korea Lifts Ebola Travel Restrictions

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March 2nd, 2015
photo MGN-Online By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Pres TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea has lifted severe restrictions on foreign travel it imposed last year to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. The already isolated country virtually...

Problem Gambling Conference Held at MassMutual Center

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March 2nd, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and a conference was held at the MassMutual Center to kick start it. Stakeholders attended Northeastern Problem Gambling Consortium's event Monday morning to talk...

Square One Celebrates ‘Read Across America’ Day

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March 2nd, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Oh the places you'll go. Preschoolers heard that story from Dr. Seuss Monday, all part of "Read Across America". It's a yearly, nationwide reading motivation, and awareness program to celebrate reading. It's always...

Noble Hospital Holds Cardiac Center Open House

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March 2nd, 2015
WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Noble Hospital held an open house at its cardiac center Monday. Current and potential patients were able to get tours of the unit. Also available were glucose tests, blood pressure checks, and lung function...

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Preparations Stalled Due to Snow

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March 2nd, 2015
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) -- The countdown to the big Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade is officially underway with only three weeks to go. However, crews are starting to feel the pinch after all the snow we've been having here in Western...

Dot-Com Deja Vu: Nasdaq Tops 5,000, Approaching Record High

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March 2nd, 2015
By STEVE ROTHWELL AP Markets Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet connection was probably still dial-up and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist. Fifteen years later the...

Baker: I’ll Reduce Number of Mass. Homeless Families

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March 2nd, 2015
BOSTON (AP) -- Efforts to catch families before they fall into homelessness would get a boost under a plan being pushed by Gov. Charlie Baker. Baker wants to put $20 million into an "End Family Homelessness Reserve Fund." The goal would be...