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Western Mass Firefighters Head to Pacific Northwest

Local firefighters are beginning a two-week stint battling wild fires plaguing Oregon, Washington state and northern California

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New Northampton Assistant Fire Chief Named

Deputy Chief Jon Davine has been named second-in-command


South Hadley Man Arrested In Springfield Party Slashing Incident

Police say Eric Gaudette slashed the man on the chest during a fight at an after-hours party

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Northampton Medical Marijuana Dispensary is Hiring

New England Treatment Access is looking to fill 25 positions

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Busy Day For Emergency Crews in Greenfield.

One resident suffered smoke inhalation and three cats died in a Conway Street fire


Greenfield Councilor Wants Plastic Bag Ban Questions On Ballot

Karen Renaud is proposing ballot questions on banning single layer plastic bags, small water bottles and Styrofoam food containers


Man Held On Bail For Alleged Child Sexual Assault of Easthampton Girls

Kevin Dirocco is accused of abusing two Easthampton girls over ten years


Heroin Found In Holyoke Woman’s Diaper Bag

Kiara Martinez-Rivera was found with 100 bags what's believed to be heroin tucked inside a diaper bag hanging from a stroller

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Hatfield Auto Shop Fire Under Investigation

Firefighters from six towns were called to battle the mid-afternoon fire on Wednesday at Quality Automotive

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Norwottuck Rail Trail Officially Open For Business

Upgrades to the bike trail between Northampton and Amherst include a smooth glass free surface


Baker signs state sales tax holiday into law

Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed a law that will suspend the 6.25 percent sales tax for the weekend of Aug. 15-16


Chicopee Bar Beating Suspect Under Arrest

34-year-old Wilmer Torres faces multiple charges in connection with the July 28th beating at Chief's Lounge


Guns Banned From Warwick Town Hall

Selectmen in the Franklin County town have voted to ban firearms from the building following an incident in which a member of the board felt threatened in a public meeting

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Anti-Pipeline Group Wants Gas Company’s Financial Stake Investigated

Northeast Energy Solutions wants AG Maura Healey to look into the propriety of UIL Solutions' plan to buy into the pipeline


Estimated Massachusetts overdose deaths top 1,200 for 2014

The number of deaths in 2015 represents a 57 percent increase over the confirmed 668 deaths recorded in 2012


Storms Destroy Barn, Knock Out Power

A barn in Athol was destroyed in yesterday's strong storms that blew through Western Mass after it was hit by lightning


UMass-Amherst Number Two For Food Quality

The Princeton Review ranks UMass number 2 on its 2015 “Best Campus Food” list

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No Cause Yet in Northfield Construction Fire

An explosion and fire gutted a building at the Lane Construction Company Monday night

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Rosenberg Pushes Back On Pipeline Critics

Senator Stan Rosenberg says he has been working behind the scenes on the pipeline from the beginning

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Greenfield Traffic Stop Yields New Brand Of Street Heroin

A stop for a broken tail light near the I-91 rotary revealed a quantity of heroin labeled "Dunkin Donuts"

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Shrinking U.S. trade gap shows economy’s underlying strength


The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to its lowest level in five months as exports rose broadly, signaling underlying strength in the economy amid concerns about a global growth slowdown.

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Third UMass Gang Rape Defendant Found Guilty

Courtesy of Jerrey Roberts, Daily Hampshire Gazette. Adam Liccardi

A Hampshire Superior Court jury deliberated for 12 hours before yesterday afternoon finding Adam Liccadi guilty on three of four counts of aggravated rape.

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West Springfield Police Probe Launched After Prisoner Escapes


Jose Rubet of Springfield was arrested August 22 after allegedly leading officers on a high-speed chase into Agawam. He was arrested and taken to lockup, where he later produced a knife which he waved at officers before escaping through an emergency exit.

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Kentucky clerk jailed for denying same-sex marriage licenses


The clerk has refused to issue licenses to any couples, gay or straight, since the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, citing her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.

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Hotel Northampton Workers Plan To Unionize

Hotel Northampton workers march to unionize. Courtesy of Jerrey Roberts, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Around 50 Hotel Northampton workers marched through downtown Tuesday night to announce their intention to bargain collectively. The group attempted to present their union petition to hotel owner Mansour Ghalibaf, who refused to come out of his office to accept it.