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FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to a morning crowd at the Draft restaurant in Concord, N.H. During his transition from Florida governor to likely presidential candidate, Jeb Bush served on the boards or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits, a dizzying array of corporate connections that earned him millions of dollars and occasional headaches.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

EPA plan would allow more ethanol in gas

Saturday, May 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s latest plan on ethanol, the corn-based renewable fuel, probably will not have a major effect on pump prices, but could have political reverberations in Iowa and other farm states in the 2016 presidential campaign. Under the proposed rule announced Friday, the amount of ethanol in the gasoline supply would increase in coming years, just not …

House passes multi-step process for new Connecticut casino

Saturday, May 30, 2015

HARTFORD — The House of Representatives voted early Friday to create a multi-step process for possibly opening a new tribal casino that proponents contend will help combat out-of-state gambling competition and protect jobs at the two existing casinos in southeastern Connecticut. Despite strong opinions voiced against the prospect of a third casino in the state, including from some southeastern Connecticut lawmakers, the bill …

Stocks sink after disappointing economic data

Saturday, May 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks sank Friday following news that the U.S. economy shrank in the first three months of the year. The revised data showed that gross domestic product contracted 0.7 percent in the first quarter. That was worse than the government’s initial estimate of growth of 0.2 percent. The Dow Jones industrial …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
William Wallace tunes the piano at  Stevens Chapel at Williston Friday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS William Wallace tunes the piano at Stevens Chapel at Williston Friday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz presents Helen Krok Backiel, who will turn 100-years-old on June 10, with a certificate as the eldest living alumnus of Bridge Street School on the occasion of the school building's 100-year anniversary Friday in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz presents Helen Krok Backiel, who will turn 100-years-old on June 10, with a certificate as the eldest living alumnus of Bridge Street School on the occasion of the school building's 100-year anniversary Friday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Joseph Rex, left, and Wade Vandoloski of Four Rex Farm in Hadley prepare a dusty field near Hopkins Academy to prepare fields for growing watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers on Friday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Joseph Rex, left, and Wade Vandoloski of Four Rex Farm in Hadley prepare a dusty field near Hopkins Academy to prepare fields for growing watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ralph Taylor, left, district manager for the MassWildlife Connecticut Valley District Office, is helped by members of the Amherst Schools facilities department and Massachusetts Environmental Police in guiding a netted and immobilized moose out of a field behind Amherst Regional High School on Friday morning. The eyes of the juvenile moose were covered to keep it calm.

    KEVIN GUTTING Ralph Taylor, left, district manager for the MassWildlife Connecticut Valley District Office, is helped by members of the Amherst Schools facilities department and Massachusetts Environmental Police in guiding a netted and immobilized moose out of a field behind Amherst Regional High School on Friday morning. The eyes of the juvenile moose were covered to keep it calm. Purchase photo reprints »

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Cade Holden, 18, competes in the annual Northampton School Day Games held by Special Olympics Massachusetts at Northampton High School Thursday in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Cade Holden, 18, competes in the annual Northampton School Day Games held by Special Olympics Massachusetts at Northampton High School Thursday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Hadley Selectman Gerry Devine, left, shakes hands with Gov. Charlie Baker after a ribbon cutting Wednesday at the Hadley AAA held to mark the start of Registry of Motor Vehicles services at the store for AAA members. Looking on, are, from left, Hadley Select Board Chair Guilford Mooring, Hadley Town Adminstrator David Nixon and State Rep. John Scibak.

    JERREY ROBERTS Hadley Selectman Gerry Devine, left, shakes hands with Gov. Charlie Baker after a ribbon cutting Wednesday at the Hadley AAA held to mark the start of Registry of Motor Vehicles services at the store for AAA members. Looking on, are, from left, Hadley Select Board Chair Guilford Mooring, Hadley Town Adminstrator David Nixon and State Rep. John Scibak. Purchase photo reprints »

NHTSA administrator is cracking down on the US auto industry

Friday, May 29, 2015

By Brent Snavely and Alisa Priddle Detroit Free Press (TNS) DETROIT - There’s a new sheriff in town - and he’s cracking down on the U.S. auto industry. In December, when Mark Rosekind was sworn in as the new administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the …

Stocks slip on Greece worries

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks fell slightly Thursday, following a sell-off in the Chinese market and continued worries about the approaching debt payment deadline for cash-starved Greece. The overall market was quiet, with the Dow moving less than …

Family Fun magazine leaving Northampton; jobs moving to New York City

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Family Fun magazine, which has been based in Northampton for 24 years, will relocate to New York City in August. Patrick Taylor, a spokesman for the magazine’s parent company, Meredith Corp., said the magazine’s 21 employees at its 47 Pleasant St. location were notified last week …

Stocks recover ground

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks ended higher Wednesday, recovering the most of their losses from the day before, as Greece appeared closer to resolving its latest debt issues. However, the overall market remains directionless as most investors are focused …

US issues stream protection rules

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands — and the drinking water of 117 million Americans — are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far. The White …

Small craft brewers connect with local beer drinkers

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — In a nondescript industrial park, beer geeks line up several times a week outside Bissell Brothers to get the latest batch of fresh beer — much like foodies seeking the freshest baguettes, pomegranates or kale. …

Big Oil shareholders nix climate-change proposals

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DALLAS — Shareholders of big oil companies overwhelmingly rejected several environmental resolutions including proposals to put climate-change experts on their boards and set goals for greenhouse-gas emissions. The votes at meetings of Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $30 to $85; Growers: $100 to $525; Started: none; Veal: none; Feeders: $86 to $170; Heifers: $99 to $133; Steers: none; Bulls: $116 to $136; Canners: $40 to $103.50; Cutters: $104 to $112; Utility: $115 to $126; Sows: none; …

Northampton YouthWorks will provide summer jobs to 25 eligible young people

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton YouthWorks program again will provide summer jobs to 25 eligible youths between the ages of 14 and 21. The deadline to apply is Saturday. This is the fourth year of the state program aimed at reducing teen unemployment. Youths must be from families which …

L-3 KEO in Northampton lands $48.7 million contract for submarine photonics system

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s largest private-sector employer has landed a $48.7 million contract to develop and build a new, slimmer version of one of its products — a sensor similar to a periscope for attack submarines. The design …