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Connecticut, Maine have slow economic growth; Mass. healthier

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the recession in 2009, according to new federal statistics released Wednesday. Quarterly gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services — from 2005 to 2013 was released by the U.S. Commerce Department, which said the statistics will provide a “more complete picture of economic growth” in each state. … 0

Stocks advance for third day, despite Fed minutes

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market rose for a third straight day Wednesday despite a report from the Federal Reserve that showed a growing chorus of central bank officials willing to raise interest rates sooner rather than later. In the bond market, prices fell and yields rose as investors prepared themselves for higher … 0

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled … 0

Excuse me, CathyEtheridge, do you know Sara Weinberger? Do you know that she used the services of a travel agent, stayed at...(full comment)

Sara Weinberger: A visit to family home the Holocaust took away

Sort of amazing that they are just now finding more damage to this section of I-91. Deterioration like this suggests that this...(full comment)

I-91 repair needs another two months Additional deterioration found on bridge over Route 5

They couldn't find the damage the first time they looked at the bridge? ...(full comment)

I-91 repair needs another two months Additional deterioration found on bridge over Route 5
  • JERREY ROBERTS
The I-91 Exit 18 on-ramp in Northampton remains closed Wednesday.

    JERREY ROBERTS The I-91 Exit 18 on-ramp in Northampton remains closed Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Installing the arrow of the weathervane to the spire of the Westhampton Congregational United Church Tuesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Installing the arrow of the weathervane to the spire of the Westhampton Congregational United Church Tuesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school.

    KEVIN GUTTING Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Dinah, Mack, seventh grade social study teacher, left, instructs Claire-Anne Williams, sixth to eighth grade instrumental music teacher, right, how to create a presentation for Williams' general music class during the JFK Technology Conference at the JFK Middle School in Florence Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Dinah, Mack, seventh grade social study teacher, left, instructs Claire-Anne Williams, sixth to eighth grade instrumental music teacher, right, how to create a presentation for Williams' general music class during the JFK Technology Conference at the JFK Middle School in Florence Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Easthampton High School teacher Nancy Dunn, left, chats with some of her summer Health and Physical Education class students just before they began a project to install plantings of mountain laurel, gem rhododendron and spirea in an area of Daley Park formerly known as "smokers' corner".

    KEVIN GUTTING Easthampton High School teacher Nancy Dunn, left, chats with some of her summer Health and Physical Education class students just before they began a project to install plantings of mountain laurel, gem rhododendron and spirea in an area of Daley Park formerly known as "smokers' corner". Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD
South Hadley Assistant Principal Pat Lemieux, of Westfield, discusses plans for Freshman Orientation with seniors, Kenzy Bouchard, 17 (left), Danielle Miele, 17 (right), and other student leaders (not pictured) in the South Hadley High School library on Thursday afternoon, August 7th.

    JASON PICARD South Hadley Assistant Principal Pat Lemieux, of Westfield, discusses plans for Freshman Orientation with seniors, Kenzy Bouchard, 17 (left), Danielle Miele, 17 (right), and other student leaders (not pictured) in the South Hadley High School library on Thursday afternoon, August 7th. Purchase photo reprints »

McDonald’s to sell packaged McCafe coffee in grocery stores

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Housing starts soar in July New home construction surged to an eight-month high in July, providing a lift to the broader economy. Housing starts jumped 15.7 percent from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,093,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Economists had expected a rate of … 0

Target extends hours for night owls

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BC-TARGETHOURS:MS - business (500 words),0544 Target extends hours for night owls By Kavita Kumar Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT) Night owls now have another shopping option if they run out of diapers or work a second shift. This month, Target Corp. began inching back its closing time by an … 0

Friendly’s restaurant closes on King Street in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned … 1

Stocks rise as US home construction rebounds

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW YORK — A summer swoon for the stock market appears to be over for now. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed within six points of its all-time high Tuesday, less than two weeks after slumping on … 0

Five-story building with 78 apartments and four retail spaces would replace Amherst Carriage Shops

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — A five-story building with 78 apartments, 36 garaged parking spots and space for four retailers has been proposed to replace the Amherst Carriage Shops. The plans for 1 East Pleasant, the name Archipelago Investments LLC of … 0

Two UMass unions express concerns about possible private enterprises on campus

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Using state land at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support private enterprises employing workers not affiliated with the university is a concern for unions representing campus employees. A consultant recently presented preliminary recommendations to the Town-Gown Steering Committee that include creating student villages on campus … 0

401(k) funds studied for far less time than car purchases

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Americans know that 401(k) retirement plans are important, but they spend only a moderate time researching investments and are often confused about how to pick the best funds, according to a new survey. Nearly 9 in 10 workers view 401(k) plans as essential employee benefits, far outdistancing disability … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven Bradley aims to make it national destination for doctors seeking rural community

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the next five years, Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s new president plans to invest in the hospital and usher in a new chapter in its 100-year history. Steven Bradley said the goal is to become one … 0

Making a living wage? Agricultural Justice Project reaches out to area farmers over issues of fairness

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When buying tomatoes or lettuce, there’s so much to consider: freshness, price, taste, farming practices — and fairness. With a resurgence of interest in Pioneer Valley agriculture, some advocates have begun to look for ways to make sure … 0

Both sides of casino debate in state trumpet their campaign operations

Monday, August 18, 2014

BOSTON — Groups on both sides of the casino debate are touting the start of their campaign operations this week, as voters are set to decide in November whether to repeal the state’s casino law. A pro-casino group … 0