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Future uncertain for solar tax break

Friday, April 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Solar energy is booming in the United States and the industry wants everyone to know it. But winning an extension of a key solar tax break in a Republican Congress suspicious of green energy won’t be easy, especially as regulatory and market forces continue to batter fossil fuels and nuclear power. The industry’s lobbying arm, the Solar Energy Industries Association, is working overtime to keep the incentive — …

IRS hotline wait times double from 2014, IG reports

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wait times for taxpayers who called the Internal Revenue Service’s toll-free hotline more than doubled to nearly 25 minutes over the past year, according to a federal report. “This filing season it has become increasingly difficult for taxpayers contacting the IRS by telephone” to get help, J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for tax administration, said in a statement. The report said the …

Greece’s ‘day of reckoning’ shakes US stock markets

Friday, April 17, 2015

NEW YORK — Fear that Greece could default and abandon the euro is rattling global financial markets. News that negotiations between Greece and its international lenders are making little progress sent European stock markets down sharply on Friday, and the selling spread across the Atlantic. By the close of U.S. trading, stocks across …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS

Quiche made as part of an after school program called Circles for Jewish Living  as a way to raise money to donate  Heifer International.

    CAROL LOLLIS Quiche made as part of an after school program called Circles for Jewish Living as a way to raise money to donate Heifer International. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
Suze Glenn, 67, leads an osteo-excercise class in the Hatfield Senior Center on Friday, located in the  basement of the town hall. From left, Dolores Mosakewicz, Glenn,  Roberta Slysz, 73, and Bernice Kellogg, 82, stretch their legs and lift their arms in the small space provided by pushing tables up against the wall.

    MICKY BEDELL
Suze Glenn, 67, leads an osteo-excercise class in the Hatfield Senior Center on Friday, located in the basement of the town hall. From left, Dolores Mosakewicz, Glenn, Roberta Slysz, 73, and Bernice Kellogg, 82, stretch their legs and lift their arms in the small space provided by pushing tables up against the wall. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Easthampton High School seniors, from left, Claudia Marcinowski, Kyle Reynolds and Heather Sikop get help from freshmen Paul Borowski, right, and Mason Moynihan in making a video on breakfast foods in Eileen Claveloux's multimedia class.

    KEVIN GUTTING Easthampton High School seniors, from left, Claudia Marcinowski, Kyle Reynolds and Heather Sikop get help from freshmen Paul Borowski, right, and Mason Moynihan in making a video on breakfast foods in Eileen Claveloux's multimedia class. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Partners in Paper co-owners Peter Luke, front, and Rich West work on setting out an estimated 20,000 books for sale over the weekend at Eastworks in Easthampton. The books originated from the private collection of Clarendon Van Norman in Neversink, New York.

    DAN LITTLE Partners in Paper co-owners Peter Luke, front, and Rich West work on setting out an estimated 20,000 books for sale over the weekend at Eastworks in Easthampton. The books originated from the private collection of Clarendon Van Norman in Neversink, New York. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
right, Keira Durrett, waits for, Johanna Korpita, the second grade teacher at the Anne T Dunphy School in Williamsburg, and Nicholas Por to pass down cups with Trout Fry in them to be released into the Mill River.

    CAROL LOLLIS right, Keira Durrett, waits for, Johanna Korpita, the second grade teacher at the Anne T Dunphy School in Williamsburg, and Nicholas Por to pass down cups with Trout Fry in them to be released into the Mill River. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Kevin Pardee at his dangerousness hearing Thursday with his attorney  Susan Miles.

    CAROL LOLLIS Kevin Pardee at his dangerousness hearing Thursday with his attorney Susan Miles. Purchase photo reprints »

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $30 to $80; Growers: $100 to $530; Started: $120; Veal: none; Feeders: $90 to $185; Heifers: $98 to $133; Steers: $113 to $124; Bulls: $119 to $120; Canners: $30 to $101; Cutters: $102 to $113; Utility: $114 to $120; …

‘Fight for $15’ protests expand for low-wage workers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NEW YORK (ap) — The Fight for $15 campaign to win higher pay and a union for fast-food workers is expanding to represent a variety of low-wage workers and become more of a social justice movement. In New …

Court: Bankruptcy shields GM from death claims

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DETROIT — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars. But Judge Robert Gerber in …

Florence Bank breaks new ground by electing Ruth Constantine as first woman to chair board

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Florence Bank President John F. Heaps Jr. says there is one salient point about the election of Ruth Constantine as head of the bank’s board: She’s the right person for the seat, plain and simple. The …

Stocks gain on oil rise

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NEW YORK — Rising oil prices helped push the stock market mostly higher on Tuesday, but the gains were tiny as investors weighed mixed results from companies reporting earnings. Stocks fell shortly after the open, then headed mostly …

Baggage handler who fell asleep in cargo hold a warning to airlines

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) — The misadventure of a baggage handler who fell asleep in the cargo hold of a jetliner should be a warning for airlines to improve security procedures, safety experts said Tuesday. The worker banged on the plane for help shortly after takeoff on Monday from Seattle. …

Stocks slip in light trading

Monday, April 13, 2015

NEW YORK — Investors sent stocks slightly lower Monday ahead of a busy week for company earnings. With little news to move the market either way, major indexes spent the day wavering between slim gains and losses. Stocks …

Online excitement but no long lines for Apple Watch debut

Friday, April 10, 2015

PALO ALTO, Calif. — An online rush replaced the traditional overnight queues outside Apple stores Friday as the iconic tech company began taking orders and letting shoppers get their hands on its much-vaunted smartwatch for the first time. …

US stocks close higher for 2nd week; GE soars on deal news

Friday, April 10, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks advanced Friday, capping off a second straight weekly advance for the market. Investors were encouraged by the latest corporate deal news, that General Electric would be selling its long-struggling lending business. Investors are …

United offers fixes to concerns from FAA

Friday, April 10, 2015

CHICAGO — United Airlines has outlined a plan for aviation regulators on how it will deal with concerns involving pilot training and scheduling, and is implementing those changes. The Chicago-based airline in a March 25 letter responded to Federal Aviation Administration concerns by outlining its corrective actions, according …