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MGM seeks to delay fees

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOSTON — With efforts to repeal Massachusetts’ casino law underway, MGM Resorts International has asked state regulators to delay the collection of casino fees from the company even as it prepares to become the state’s first licensed casino operator. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said on Thursday that the Las Vegas-based company risks losing about $200 million in fees, deposits and other payments if a referendum to repeal the state’s … 0

When you should - and shouldn’t - seek a reverse mortgage

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some seniors don’t qualify for a reverse mortgage, either because they are not old enough (you must be at least 62), or because their home equity, the difference between the value of their home and the balance of their existing standard mortgage, is too small. Such seniors won’t waste much time on the effort. Any loan provider they contact will give them the … 0

Three small farms in Amherst and Hadley get boosts from $10,000 state grants

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — Customers who come to the first Amherst Farmers Market on Saturday will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of greens harvested from three high tunnels and four greenhouses at Danya Teitelbaum’s North Amherst farm, known as Queen’s Greens. But as the recipient of a $10,000 state matching grant for constructing a much larger, better insulated and warmer high tunnel, Teitelbaum … 0

Making News: Local banks, new owner for Easthampton Machine & Tool, nutrition grant for elders and Blue Cross honors

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ewald named vice president and financial reporting manager at Hampden Bank SPRINGFIELD — Arley R. Ewald of Northampton has been named vice president and financial reporting manager at Hampden Bank. In her new position, Ewald will be responsible … 0

B2B ID: Saralee Hofrichter, Saralee’s Healing & Holistic Skin Care, Amherst

Saturday, April 12, 2014

NAME: Saralee Hofrichter, Saralee’s Healing & Holistic Skin Care, Amherst WEBSITE: www.earthelegant.com AGE: 54 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: 1998 WHAT YOU DO: I am a holistic skin-care therapist. It is my objective to help stimulate the natural functions … 0

Student volunteers focus attention on wage inequality issues for women during Arts Night Out in Northampton

Friday, April 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A group of student volunteers took advantage of “Equal Pay Day” to focus attention Friday evening on wage inequality issues for women. Equal Pay Day — April 8 in the U.S. — represents the point in the new year that American women typically have to work … 0

Ohio geologists link small earthquakes to fracking

Friday, April 11, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest. A state investigation of five small … 0

Waxman says experts concerned about Los Angeles Times’ fate in Tribune spinoff

Friday, April 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — Rep. Henry A. Waxman said Friday that six media experts he consulted have serious concerns about the fate of the Los Angeles Times under the Tribune Co.’s plans to spin off the newspaper and seven others into a separate unit and called on company executives to … 0

North Dakota predicts surge in oil output

Friday, April 11, 2014

North Dakota officials are predicting a big surge in crude oil output in the next few months as the industry emerges from a tough winter. About 650 wells had been drilled, but were not producing at the end of February because it was too cold to inject water … 0

Stocks fall on jitters over earnings, tech rout

Friday, April 11, 2014

NEW YORK — Investors drove the stock market lower for a second straight day Friday as they grew anxious that earnings growth was faltering. Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase dragged bank stocks lower. And big drops in once-soaring … 0

More Amherst Carriage Shops tenants finding new locations

Friday, April 11, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Wines & Spirits, an anchor tenant at the Amherst Carriage Shops for the past 20 years, is likely to move to 320 College St. later this year. The business, owned by Stephen Freedman, is expected … 0

Wheatberry Cafe to close April 18 as owners focus on Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain CSA

Friday, April 11, 2014

AMHERST — The owners of Wheatberry Cafe at 421 Main St. are closing the restaurant as they shift their focus to the Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain Community Supported Agriculture. Adrie and Ben Lester of Shutesbury, who opened Wheatberry … 0

Tech sell-off slams Nasdaq

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NEW YORK — The high-flyers are laying the stock market low — once again. Investors turned against biotech, Internet and other once-soaring stocks on Thursday, driving the Nasdaq composite index to its worst day since 2011. The sell-off … 0