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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 »

Major auto industry disruption will lead to robotic taxis, Morgan Stanley says

Friday, April 10, 2015

By Jerry Hirsch Los Angeles Times (TNS) The automotive industry is entering a period of deep disruption that will make it unrecognizable, according to a new analysis this week from Morgan Stanley. “The auto industry is a century-old ecosystem being ogled by outside players hungry for a slice …

Berkshire East will add mountain bike park and white-water rafting

Friday, April 10, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Goodbye ski season. Hello Thunder Mountain Bike Park. This summer, the Berkshire East Mountain Resort will add two new seasonal attractions — a downhill mountain bike park, and white-water rafting along the Fife Brook section of …

Stocks edge higher on energy gains

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks edged higher Thursday, led by gains for energy companies as the price of oil stabilized following a big drop the day before. Oil rose as negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program hit …

Judge rejects $50M proposed settlement in dairy farming case

Thursday, April 9, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A judge has rejected a proposed settlement between Northeastern U.S. farmers and the Dairy Farmers of America over an alleged effort to drive down prices paid to farmers. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss opposed the $50 million settlement after objections by some farmers who …

Costs of elder care keep climbing

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NEW YORK — The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey out Thursday. The …

Utility won’t appeal $1.6B penalty for deadly 2010 blast

Thursday, April 9, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — California regulators approved a record $1.6 billion penalty Thursday against PG&E for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes in suburban San Francisco. The punishment comes …

Route 9 diner site up for sale

Thursday, April 9, 2015

HADLEY — The owner of the building that housed Route 9 Diner is looking to sell the structure adorned with stainless steel and neon “as soon as possible.” Robby Kullman, who lives near Newark, New Jersey, said 15 groups have contacted him in the last four days about …

Image of Moscow-based photographer Yulia Mayorova shows up on Florence Bank ATMs

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Aside from Ellen DeGeneres with her star-studded self-portrait at the 2014 Academy Awards, Moscow-based photographer Yulia Mayorova might just be one of the world’s most famous selfie takers. While the 22-year-old’s work has appeared in magazines …

Merger news sends stocks higher

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NEW YORK — Deal news gave the stock market a lift Wednesday. Health care stocks rose after generic drugmaker Mylan bid $29 billion for rival Perrigo. That offset a slump in energy stocks prompted by a big drop …

Obama in Jamaica looks to rekindle goodwill

Thursday, April 9, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Caribbean region collectively cheered when President Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008. Calypso and reggae songs were written in his honor, the French Caribbean island of Martinique named a road after him, …