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Crime and Corruption: The Albano Years – Gerry Phillips

April 22nd, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) -- Ten years ago was a bad time for the city of Springfield and disgraced Mayor Michael J. Albano.  Not only was the city in tough financial shape as a result of sloppy management and corruption, but some of the...

Small Plane Sinks in Winnipesaukee; Pilot Rescued

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April 22nd, 2014
ALTON, N.H. (AP) -- Officials say a pilot has been rescued after a small plane crashed and sank in New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee. New Hampshire State Police say the pilot, who was found submerged in water and clinging to the plane, was the...

Man Arrested in Connection with April 9th Holyoke Shooting

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April 22nd, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) – Holyoke Police, along with the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Unit, have arrested a suspect wanted for shooting a 21-year-old man. Jose Manual Santiago, 35, from Holyoke was arrested on Kensington Street in...

Holyoke Police Arrest Well Known Gang Member on Gun Charges

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April 22nd, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) – Detectives from the Holyoke Police Narcotics Unit arrested a man on gun charges Saturday. Joshua Marrero, 27, also known as “Wachezy” is a known LaFamilia street gang member and has been on the Holyoke Police...

Mass. Lottery Launches $30 Scratch Ticket

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April 22nd, 2014
BRAINTREE, Mass. (WGGB) -- There's a new scratch ticket on the market, but you will need a few more George Washington's to get your hands on them. Tuesday, the Mass. Lottery released "World Class Millions", a scratch ticket that the agency...

Lawyer: Client Says Boston Fire ‘Tragic Accident’

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April 22nd, 2014
(Photo Courtesy: Boston Fire Dept.) BOSTON (AP) -- A lawyer for the owner of a welding company accused in a lawsuit of sparking a brownstone fire that killed two Boston firefighters says his client doesn't accept responsibility for what he calls...

Bruins Beat Red Wings 3-0 in Game 3, Take 2-1 Lead

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April 22nd, 2014
DETROIT (AP) -- Tuukka Rask finished with a 23-save shutout to give the Boston Bruins a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night for a 2-1 playoff series lead. Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron scored in the first period, and...

Springfield Celebrates Earth Day by Planting Trees

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April 22nd, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)- It’s Earth Day. Teaming up for the occasion is Western Massachusetts Electric Company and ReGreen Springfield. Their goal is to plant trees, 30 of them on Wilmont Street in Springfield. "We came to discover we...

Springfield Works to Fight Prescription Drug Addiction

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April 22nd, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- As Program Director at Springfield’s Department of Health and Human Services, Marie Graves is tasked with trying to combat prescription drug addiction. “In general, prescription drug abuse has been a problem,...

State Issues New Restrictions on Zohydro

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April 22nd, 2014
BOSTON (WGGB) -- Following an failed attempt to outright ban Zohydro from pharmacy shelves. new rules are in now place to restrict the availability of recently approved painkiller Zohydro. Anne Roach, spokesperson for the state's Department...

Inmates File Suit Against Women’s Jail Over Videotaping Strip Searches

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April 22nd, 2014
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) -- A strip search controversy involving female inmates at the Chicopee Women's Correctional Center is being heard in federal Court in Springfield. Inmates say the practice of having male guards videotape a female...

Group Holds Yogathon Event at UMass to Raise Health Awareness

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April 22nd, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) -- The Protect Our Breasts organization held their first annual Yogathon at the UMass Fine Arts Center Tuesday. Nine hours of continuous yoga were practiced and participants were given some enivormentally friendly...

Rep. Neal Continues Push for Services at North Adams Region. Hospital

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April 22nd, 2014
(WGGB) -- The battle continues to get at least the emergency room back open at North Adams Regional Hospital. Deep in debt, the hospital shut down abruptly last month. Employees plan to picket at a bankruptcy hearing Thursday in Springfield....

Fluffernutter Gets Boost for State Sandwich

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April 22nd, 2014
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola) BOSTON (AP) -- A bill that would make the fluffernutter Massachusetts' official sandwich has been given initial approval by state lawmakers. The measure was advanced Tuesday on a voice vote during an informal...

Yankee Candle CEO Leaving Company

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April 22nd, 2014
(ABC40 File Photo) SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- After over a decade with the Franklin County candle maker, Yankee Candle CEO Harlan Kent is leaving the company. Kent, who has been with Yankee Candle for 13 years, was given the opportunity...