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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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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 »

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Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took  down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive.

    JERREY ROBERTS Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive. Purchase photo reprints »

CVS buying drug distributor

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CVS Health will pay more than $10 billion for pharmaceutical distributor Omnicare in a deal primed to feed its fast-growing specialty drug business and tap a lucrative and growing market: care for the elderly. The acquisition announced Thursday …

Stocks set new record on rebound in oil prices

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market eked out another record close on Thursday as rising oil prices boosted energy stocks. Best Buy was among the biggest gainers after reporting earnings that exceeded the expectations of Wall Street analysts. …

Foxwoods opens new shopping center

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Foxwoods Resort Casino and a retail outlet opened a $129 million shopping center Thursday to throw some elbows in a crowded market, draw more visitors, make a play for younger gamblers and promote an enterprise …

Boston expands gaming panel suit

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — An amended lawsuit filed by the city of Boston is asking a judge to bar the current Massachusetts gaming regulators from any future action on the $1.7 billion casino proposed for neighboring Everett. Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday the city amended its complaint that challenges the …

Site of former Getty gasoline station on Route 9 in Hadley under contract to be sold

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HADLEY — The defunct Getty gasoline station on Russell Street near the Coolidge Bridge is under contract to be sold, but what will take its place is remains to be seen. A representative from Chicago-based NRC Realty & …

Stocks barely changed on slow day

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market showed little life on Wednesday as it closed yet another trading day barely changed from the day before. Major indexes flitted between tiny gains and losses in the morning, rallied a bit …

L.A. City Council backs $15 minimum wage

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday backed a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, joining a trend sweeping cities across the country as elected leaders seek to boost stagnating pay for workers on the lowest rungs of the socio-economic …

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Regional auction lists livestock prices The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $40 to $90; Growers: $100 to $500; Started: $56 to $130; Veal: none; Feeders: $100 to $175; Heifers: $101 to $160; Steers: $65 to $142; Bulls: none; Canners: $20 to $102; Cutters: $104 to …

Stocks drift as oil slides

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market slipped back from its latest record high in a listless day of trading Tuesday. Oil companies and drillers tugged major indexes down as the price of crude oil dropped for a fifth …

Takata air bag recall grows to 34 million

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto …