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Vermont's beautiful but often deadly Huntington Gorge has taken another life.

Authorities in Massachusetts say three high profile fireworks injuries over the Fourth of July underscore why consumer fireworks are illegal in the state.

Boston police issued a public appeal after two young boys were badly hurt when fireworks they were playing with exploded.  One boy reportedly had a hand amputated.

Boston Police Superintendent William Gross said the incident is under investigation.  

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Senator Charles Schumer has introduced legislation to deter a new crime trend that's costing law enforcement thousands of dollars. 

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The Massachusetts state appointed receiver for the Holyoke Public Schools officially started on the job Monday.

As receiver, Stephen Zrike has the combined authority of a local school committee and school superintendent to both establish policy and implement it. 

Zrike, with input from a local stakeholders group, will produce a turnaround plan for the Holyoke schools by the end of summer.

" I don't come with a blueprint in my pocket on this is how we are going to do it here," he said.

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A newspaper reporter who made national headlines when he was fired by the Hudson Register-Star has died.


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Police say the search for a 7-month-old boy in the Connecticut River is now a recovery operation.

Massachusetts made a big splash with the opening of Plainridge Park, the state’s first casino. There were capacity crowds on opening day June 24th and through the first full week of operation, the slots parlor took in $6.1 million.  University of Texas professor and casino industry expert Clyde Barrow said projections that Plainridge would gross $200 million in its first year may have been too conservative. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Barrow for an update on the New England Casino scene.

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An iconic 19th century American painting that remains one of art’s most famous works is now on view at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It joins an ongoing exhibit featuring works by one of the world’s most popular artists.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, July 6, 2015.

Rob Edelman: Jackie Robinson, 1947 & 2015

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Given the recent, sad, disturbing events in Baltimore, Ferguson, Staten Island, and elsewhere across the country, the impact of Jackie Robinson becoming the first black man to play major league baseball in the 20th-century is well-worth recalling-- and discussing. This is a milestone that transcends sports. It is one of the bellwether occurrences of what at mid-century was the soon-to-burgeon civil rights movement. Cinematically-speaking, the travails of Jackie Robinson have been detailed in two films. One of them, titled 42, came to theaters in 2013. The other, titled THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY, was released way back in 1950.

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