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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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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 »

Slumping energy sector leads broad stock sell-off

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market endured its worst day in three weeks on Tuesday as investors fretted over Greece’s debt crisis and a surge in the U.S. dollar. Investors seeking safety bought U.S. government bonds. The Dow …

Pilgrim nuclear plant back online after $70M refueling

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PLYMOUTH (AP) — The only commercial nuclear power plant in Massachusetts returned to full service on Tuesday after a $70 million, monthlong, refueling and maintenance project that owners say makes the plant safer. Entergy Corp., owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, said control room operators …

Charter looks to buy Time Warner Cable for $55B

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NEW YORK — As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion. And executives say they’re confident regulators will …

Woman hanging off Shell ship anchor ends drill protest

Monday, May 25, 2015

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north …

Development at former Belchertown State School site ‘visibly taking hold’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — It has been well over two decades since the last patients, staff and administration left the Belchertown State School for the last time. Last week, demolition crews moved in on some of the buildings that housed …

Economy, cultural climate topics for Congressman James McGovern during walking tour of downtown Amherst

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — Economic development, potential arts programs and the existing cultural environment will be the focus of a two-hour visit by U.S. Congressman James McGovern to Amherst center Tuesday afternoon. McGovern, D-Worcester, will lead a walking tour that begins at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, 28 Amity …

Stocks fall on lower oil, mixed earnings results

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note. Major indexes fell from the start on Friday as oil drillers and other energy-related companies followed oil prices lower. Stocks spent much …

Merkel: Greece bailout talks far from done

Friday, May 22, 2015

RIGA, Latvia — With Greece facing a potential default in two weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sought to add urgency to the talks between the country and its international creditors, warning that “very, very intensive work …

Wal-Mart pushing for better animal welfare

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, …

Elmer’s Store owner Nan Parati of Ashfield wins Franklin County entrepreneurship award

Friday, May 22, 2015

ASHFIELD — Nan Parati never expected to buy Elmer’s Store when she first came to town for a visit in 2005 from New Orleans — where she also never expected to live for more than 25 years after …