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Two cities in western Massachusetts will soon have more police officers on patrol.

Springfield and Chicopee will have new police officers sworn in for duty Friday at a police academy graduation ceremony.

With 21 graduates joining the ranks of the Springfield Police Department, the number of police officers will exceed 400 for the first time nearly two decades.  Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno included  an additional $1.8 million in this year’s budget to hire additional police.


In baseball, in the American League playoffs, Texas beat Toronto 5-3 and it was Houston over Kansas City 5-2.

Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda, who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to their last World Series title in 1988, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the NL Division Series. Lasorda will take the mound Saturday night before the Dodgers play the New York Mets.

Experts say a large amount of clean hydro-electricity from Canada is available for use in the New England states if ways can be found to bring that power into the country.

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A Canadian railroad has withdrawn its objection to a $338 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec, removing the final obstacle to the fund's approval.


Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced legislation Thursday to lift a cap on charter schools. 

The bill  Baker plans to file would add up to 12 new or expanded charter schools a year with a preference in low performing school districts.

His legislation is similar to a ballot measure proposed by a coalition of charter school advocates. Spokesperson Josiane Martinez said the group needs to collect 65,000 signatures to get the question on the 2016 ballot.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been speaking out about the need for national gun control laws in recent days, but Cuomo says he doesn’t know when a key provision of New York’s own gun safety laws will be enacted.

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Environmental advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after an idea to store oil tanker cars in the Adirondack Park now looks like a non-starter.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather summary for Thursday, October 8, 2015. 

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SABIC is leaving its Pittsfield, Massachusetts site as part of a move to create a regional headquarters in Houston, Texas according to an announcement by the company Thursday. Saudi Basic Industries Corporation says work done at the Pittsfield site will be relocated to Houston meaning it will leave its Pittsfield office in 2016. Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi says SABIC employs about 500 people in the city.

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After years of debate, planning and fierce competition for coveted licenses, the medical marijuana era has arrived in New York. One of the companies, Etain, held an open house to show off its facility. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley went along.