Authorities in western Massachusetts say they broke up a large-scale automobile insurance fraud ring. It is alleged that people from New York City were insuring their cars in either Northampton, Easthampton or Greenfield where they paid substantially lower premiums. This went on for six years. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the chief prosecutor in the case, Steve Gagne, of the Northwestern District Attorney’s office.
The new school year kicks off in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend with a barbecue.
The annual back to school celebration is Saturday at Blunt Park. It’s free to students, parents and school staff. There will be food, music, and games. Springfield schools communications officer Azell Cavaan said six thousand backpacks stuffed with donated school supplies will be given away.
" Clearly, some of our families will be helped by this financially, but it is for everybody, even if you are not financially strapped. It is a back to school present."