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Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $25 to $87; Growers: $100 to $500; Started: $50 to $141; Veal: $142.50; Feeders: $70 to $167.50; Heifers: $$128 to $130; Steers: $140; Bulls: $90 to $122; Canners: $10 to $106; Cutters: $113 to $120; Utility: $122 to $146; Sows: $5 to $32.50; Shoats: $77.50; Hogs: $50 to $75; Boars: $3 to $5; Fdr. pigs: none; Lambs $70 to $360; Sheep: …

McDonald’s: Workers to get pay raises

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEW YORK — McDonald’s says it’s raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. The fast-food chain owns about 10 percent of its more than 14,300 U.S. restaurants, representing about 90,000 workers. The rest are run by franchisees and McDonald’s …

Big businesses speak out on state laws many see as discriminatory

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEW YORK — A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas. The world’s largest retailer and America’s largest private employer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., waded into the debate Tuesday when its CEO urged Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson …

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  • JERREY ROBERTS
Christopher Petersen and Nicole Metcalf practice ballet during a class for adults earlier this month at Amherst Ballet.

    JERREY ROBERTS Christopher Petersen and Nicole Metcalf practice ballet during a class for adults earlier this month at Amherst Ballet. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
Joan O'Brien, 56, walks her dog Sally down East Street in Northampton on Wednesday, March 25.

    MICKY BEDELL
Joan O'Brien, 56, walks her dog Sally down East Street in Northampton on Wednesday, March 25. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Peter Rogers, left, and Michael Matis, both of Amherst, talk during a weekly luncheon for veterans at the World War II Club in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Peter Rogers, left, and Michael Matis, both of Amherst, talk during a weekly luncheon for veterans at the World War II Club in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
 Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
John Lebeaux, Mass. commissioner of agricultural resources, speaks during the annual Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture meeting at the Northampton senior center on Friday night.

    MICKY BEDELL
John Lebeaux, Mass. commissioner of agricultural resources, speaks during the annual Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture meeting at the Northampton senior center on Friday night. Purchase photo reprints »

Stocks slide as crude oil prices soar

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A batch of discouraging economic news deepened investors’ concerns about corporate earnings, pulling major U.S. stock indexes down on Wednesday for the second day in a row. The modest slide cut the Standard & Poor’s 500 index’s gain …

Moe’s Southwest Grill to open in two weeks on King Street in Northampton

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of the Hadley franchise of Moe’s Southwest Grill is gearing up to open another franchise in Northampton, next to Stop & Shop, in space formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video. Sagar Shah, 30, of Connecticut, appeared Wednesday before the License Commission seeking a license to …

Workers at Clinical & Support Options rally in Northampton to protest stalled contract negotiations

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A breakdown in contract negotiations sent more than 100 human service workers from Clinical & Support Options Inc. into the street to protest outside the agency’s headquarters on Atwood Drive Wednesday morning. Chanting “Two, four, six, …

Stocks decline broadly, erasing Monday’s gains

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The stock market closed out the first three months of the year Tuesday on a down note, erasing much of the gains from the prior day’s big rally. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped 200 points, knocking the …

Maple sugaring season comes at long last to Valley, as producers hope for best after long-delayed start

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Easy does it. Now that maple sap is flowing, sugarers hope spring continues to play hide-and-seek in the Valley to salvage a sluggish season. With night freezes and daytime thaws finally here, sugarers are making syrup, …

Supporters of Mass. film tax credit pack Statehouse

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON — Supporters of the state’s film tax credit packed a Statehouse hearing Tuesday to argue against Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to do away with the decade-old tax break for movie and TV production in Massachusetts. Baker wants to use the money that would be saved to double …

Stocks gain on positive housing, spending data

Monday, March 30, 2015

Encouraging U.S. economic data and a batch of corporate deals put investors in a buying mood Monday, sending stocks sharply higher. The broad rally nudged the Dow Jones industrial average back into positive territory for the year after …

Lincoln Continental returns

Monday, March 30, 2015

Ford Motor Co. said Monday that the Lincoln Continental is coming back after a 13-year hiatus. A concept version of the full-size Continental will be shown at the New York auto show this week. The production car goes …

Business leaders from Hampshire and Franklin counties discuss regional economic development

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Hampshire County economy was a topic for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce when it gathered last week to discuss regional economic development planning. The presentation on how the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is being written in preparation for an April 28 draft release by the …

Pipeline proposals resisted in NE, despite region’s high energy costs

Sunday, March 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation’s highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term …