Emergency repair work has been taking place this week on the elevated portion of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield.

The emergency work is a prelude to a three-year $175 million dollar reconstruction of the 2.5 mile long elevated highway that carries 75,000 vehicles a day. 

MassDOT said preliminary work is scheduled to begin July 12th.  Major construction will start in the fall. 

Kevin Kennedy, Springfield’s chief development officer said keeping the public informed about ramp closings and detours is key to avoiding major disruptions.

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

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Meteorologist Jason Caterina

Today:  Sunny and warm, highs in the mid 70s to near 80°

Tonight: Mostly clear to start, then increasing clouds, lows in the 50s

Independence Day: A chance of rain from morning to afternoon, then drying, highs in the 70s.


In baseball, in the American League, Boston doubled up Toronto 12-6, Texas blanked Baltimore 2-0, Oakland shut out Seattle 4-0, Cleveland edged Tampa Bay 5-4 in 10 innings, and it was Minnesota over Kansas City 2-0.

In the National League, the Cubs bested the Mets 6-1, Milwaukee edged Philadelphia 8-7 in 11 innings, Miami slid past San Francisco 5-4, Atlanta won against Washington 2-1, San Diego beat St. Louis 5-3 in 11 innings, and it was Arizona over Colorado 8-1.

In interleague play, Pittsburgh beat Detroit 8-4.

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People touring the grounds of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts can now delve into the history of dance thanks to a recently completed expansion. But another project means people thousands of miles away can also catch a glimpse.

Albany FreeNet

In August 2009, then-Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings announced that Tech Valley Communications and the city had received a state grant of 625-thousand dollars to expand Albany FreeNet, the free wireless Internet network. Now, six years later,  efforts to bring free or low-cost high-speed Internet to the residents of Albany have been moving along at dial-up speed.

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Orange ribbons are appearing on trees, on poles and in windows across the North Country.  It’s an effort to show support for Clinton Correctional Facility administrators and staff that many local residents feel are being made scapegoats in the aftermath of the escape of two maximum security prisoners.

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One day after the statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing was made official, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens announced he will leave his position. 

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The police chief in Hinsdale, Massachusetts is leaving one year after taking a position left open by the firing of the former top cop, adding flames to a political firestorm.

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, July 2, 2015.