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Sat, November 22, 2014
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Local Cities and Towns To Receive Surrounding Community Money from MGM

November 19th, 2014
(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) (WGGB)--Local communities will start receiving money from MGM now that the casino giant has been awarded its license from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. MGM was awarded its license from the gaming commission on Nov....

Town Ends Bid to Ban Tobacco Sales After Outcry

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November 19th, 2014
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) -- Health officials in a small Massachusetts town have withdrawn a first-in-the-nation proposal to ban all tobacco sales. Westminster's board of health voted 2-1 at its regular meeting...

Local Unions Look Forward to Casino Jobs

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November 19th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)--MGM says its Springfield casino will create 2,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs. Local Union leaders like Michael Langone, Business Manager and Financial Secretary for the Plumbers and Pipefitters...

Springfield Recognizes Puerto Rican Heritage with Flag Raising

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November 19th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Recognizing the contributions of local Puerto Ricans with a flag raising ceremony in Springfield Wednesday. The flag now flies next to the American flag downtown, symbolizing the inter-connected nature of the...

New Report Shows Soaring Discipline Numbers, Local Schools Speak Out

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November 19th, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass (WGGB) -- A new report details soaring discipline rates of over 20% of students at 94 schools across Massachusetts.  The report was conducted by the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice for the 2012-2013 academic...

Local Hospitals Put Protections in Place as Flu Season Heats Up

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November 19th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) -- Flu season is well underway, and so are policies to protect against the spread of it at local hospitals. "It's important that people don't get the flu at all," Baystate Health Chief Infection Control Officer Mary Ellen...

Stop & Shop Unveils Prescription Bottle Cap with Built-In Timer

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November 19th, 2014
REGION (WGGB) -- Stop and Shop has rolled out prescription timer caps for it's pharmacies here in western Mass. According to the World Health Organization, the number one problem in health care is patients taking their medications as...

Holyoke’s Mayor Signs Order on Civil Immigration Detainers

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November 19th, 2014
(Image Provided by Office of Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse) HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) -- Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse has signed an executive order, establishing a policy as it relates to civil immigration detainers. The order, signed Wednesday, directs...

Friend of Marathon Suspect Asks for New Lawyer

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November 19th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- A friend of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings wants a new lawyer to defend him against charges accusing him of obstructing the investigation by deleting information from his computer and lying to...

Worker Dead Following Industrial Accident in Westfield

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November 19th, 2014
WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- A man is dead following an accident at a road salt facility in Westfield. Westfield Police Captain Michael McCabe says emergency crews were called to the Cargill salt facility on Union Street around 10:49 a.m....

Motorcyclist Injured in Agawam Crash Dies

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November 19th, 2014
AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) -- A motorcyclist injured in a crash last week in Agawam has died. Agawam Police Chief Eric Gillis says that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner informed police that 45-year-old Jonathan Towle of Agawam died...

Air System Upgrades to Impact Access to Medical Center Drive at Baystate

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November 19th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Those looking to access part of the Baystate Medical Center campus by vehicle or on foot are being advised of a change taking effect this weekend. Beginning Saturday, access to Medical Center Drive from...

AFP Recognizes Outstanding Local Volunteers

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November 19th, 2014
 HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) -- People from all walks of life are honored today for the work they do in Western Mass. helping others. National Philanthropy Day is celebrated every November  every year, to remember the importance of philanthropy....

Spending Cuts Sought to Close Budget Shortfall

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November 19th, 2014
By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick's administration is ordering nearly $200 million in immediate spending cuts while asking lawmakers to approve reductions in local aid and other accounts to close a state...

Officers from Across Mass. Honored with George Hanna Awards

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November 19th, 2014
BOSTON (WGGB/AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer authorities say was killed by the suspects in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing has received a posthumous award that recognizes law enforcement bravery. The family...