Friday, August 22 2014 1:37 AM EDT2014-08-22 05:37:37 GMT
Malaysia is preparing to receive the bodies and ashes of 20 of its citizens killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.More >>
The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 12:32 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:32:27 GMT
The founder of a Montgomery boot camp billed as a military style training program for at risk students is under arrested and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child.More >>
He uses tough love and a military style approach to keep kids in Montgomery out of trouble but now, the founder of a local discipline academy has found himself in trouble with the law. Glenn Veasy is facing sexual abuse allegations involving one of the teens in his boot camp. More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:48:02 GMT
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announcedMore >>
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announced Thursday.More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:44:32 GMT
It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.More >>
Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...More >>
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -
Medical marijuana in the city of Springfield may be happening a lot sooner than expected.
On Wednesday night the Springfield Planning Board met to discuss an ordinance proposal that would change zoning areas to allow dispensaries to be built in the city.
The proposal was drafted by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.
"They put together a team who worked on drafting a model regulation that is used by Springfield as well as other surrounding communities," said Philip Dromui, Deputy Director of the Planning Department.
The proposal has been tweaked by Springfield officials to make sure it fits the city's needs.
If a license for a dispensary is awarded, the dispensary will have to follow several regulations from both the state and the city.
"They need to be located in Industrial A Zones and in addition to that they need to be located a certain distance away from schools, residential zoning districts as well as residential uses,"said Dromui.
Dromui said the distance needs to be a 500 foot buffer zone between the dispensary and a residential area.
One of the proposed sights is located off Cottage Street in the city's Indian Orchard section.
Katie Stebbins, the board's chair, said she approved of what the proposal had to offer.
"I like this plan. At first I was concerned, but now I agree," said Stebbins.
While board member Rico Daniele said he still has some concerns with the whole project.
"I'm for helping people. This product could help, but I still feel there are some negative things that could come from it," said Daniele.
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Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:35:47 GMT
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. She became a Florence Police officer in February 2012. Last year, she welcomed her first daughter and a few months later became pregnant with her firstMore >>
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. That's why she became a Florence Police officer in 2012. Now, she says, she is forced to choose between her job and her family.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:59 AM EDT2014-08-19 10:59:02 GMT
An Alabama mother came face-to-face with a man hiding in her daughter's bedroom. It turns out that social media brought the two together. Police say a Huntsville mother found a 19-year-old man hidingMore >>
An Alabama mother came face-to-face with a man hiding in her daughter's bedroom. It turns out that social media brought the two together. The case is shedding light on some of the dangers of social media. Police are urging parents to do more when it comes to monitoring their children's accounts.