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State approves 29 percent rate increase sought by Western Massachusetts Electric Co.

Friday, November 21, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — State regulators have approved a 29 percent rate increase sought by Western Massachusetts Electric Co., which serves about 200,000 customers in Western Massachusetts. WMECo has said the rate increase would take effect Jan. 1 and remain in effect for six months. It would raise the average residential customer’s bill by about $26 a month. The increase was approved Friday by the state Department of Public Utilities. WMECo …

Senate probes soaring prices of generic drugs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers. A Senate panel met Thursday to scrutinize the recent, unexpected trend among generic medicines, which usually cost 30 …

Dow, S&P 500 edge back up to record highs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

U.S. stocks rebounded Thursday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index back into record territory. It was the second record-high close for the Dow this week and the third for the S&P 500. The modest gains erased losses from the day before, pushing the three major stock indexes …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project
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Members of the First Church prepare to bake apple pies for the Bag Day fundraising event at the First Church in Northampton, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Members of the First Church prepare to bake apple pies for the Bag Day fundraising event at the First Church in Northampton, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Mary Webber, of Southampton, front, and Diane Drohan, of Leeds, back, prepare to open the center for clients to pick the food at the Northampton Survival Center, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Mary Webber, of Southampton, front, and Diane Drohan, of Leeds, back, prepare to open the center for clients to pick the food at the Northampton Survival Center, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Crime scene on North Main street in Northampton Thursday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Crime scene on North Main street in Northampton Thursday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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(L-R) Paul McNeil, Jill Griffin, Michael Cutler, Jeremy Bucci, Bob Gunther and Ezra Parzybok discuss about medical marijuana during the Medical Marijuana Pot Forum at the JFK Middle School, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA (L-R) Paul McNeil, Jill Griffin, Michael Cutler, Jeremy Bucci, Bob Gunther and Ezra Parzybok discuss about medical marijuana during the Medical Marijuana Pot Forum at the JFK Middle School, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes in her home in Granby on Saturday afternoon, Feb 1st.

    JASON PICARD Singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes in her home in Granby on Saturday afternoon, Feb 1st.

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Luke Bosco, on piano, accompanies Hayley Hemminger-Martin (Sabina), on stage with arms raised, in a rehearsal of the finall scene of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." Joining Hemminger-Martin on the edge of the stage are, from left, Kaitlyn Andersen, Jonathan Letendre, Jasmeet Singh and Jimmy Murphy.

    KEVIN GUTTING Luke Bosco, on piano, accompanies Hayley Hemminger-Martin (Sabina), on stage with arms raised, in a rehearsal of the finall scene of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." Joining Hemminger-Martin on the edge of the stage are, from left, Kaitlyn Andersen, Jonathan Letendre, Jasmeet Singh and Jimmy Murphy. Purchase photo reprints »

Plaintiffs contest effort by Northampton Business Improvement District for more time to disband

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — At a somber meeting of the Northampton Business Improvement District’s board Friday, members spent most of the time trying to interpret last week’s decision by a judge to disband the BID immediately. Charles Bowles, chairman of …

Health system awarded $30M in hospital breakup

Monday, November 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the health system Lifespan is owed nearly $30 million from its insurance companies related to its breakup with a Boston hospital. U.S. District Judge John McConnell ruled in a decision issued Monday that National Union Fire Insurance Co. …

Franklin Hampshire Career Center job fair in Northampton celebrates ‘Hire a Veteran’ month

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Franklin Hampshire Career Center will host a job fair at its site at 178 Industrial Drive in Northampton to celebrate national “Hire a Veteran” month. The job fair will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, and is for veterans only from 9 to …

Obscure Neb. panel may decide on pipeline

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — Congress is suddenly scrambling to vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the fate of the oft-delayed $5.4 billion project could still wind up in the hands of an obscure commission in Nebraska that …

NE rail trouble spot due for upgrade

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. — For tens of thousands of rail travelers in the Northeast each day, making a curtain time or simply getting to work can hinge on a bridge built two years before the Titanic sank. A regular …

Vitamin company eyes new facility in Hadley University Park

Sunday, November 16, 2014

HADLEY — A company that manufactures vitamins is planning to construct a 24,000-square-foot facility in the Hadley University Park off North Maple Street. American River Nutrition, which has its headquarters at 31 Campus Plaza Road, is bringing the project before the Planning Board Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. The …

Bird flu confirmed at Dutch, UK farms

Sunday, November 16, 2014

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government on Sunday banned the transport of poultry and eggs throughout the country after confirming an outbreak of bird flu at a chicken farm. The Ministry for Economic Affairs said the outbreak is deadly to poultry and can also be transmitted …

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Sunday, November 16, 2014

For the week ending November 7, 2014 Amherst Antoinette Jensen Living Trust, Berkshire Bank Tr, to Margaret Ann Kahn, 10 Greenleaves Drive, Amherst, $270,000. Claudette Boudreau to 220 North East Street LLC, Kellogg Ave., 24 Tyler Pl, Amherst, $868,000. Susan A. Nicholson, Walter E. Nicholson, to Greene-Barton Trust, …

B2B ID: Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, owner Sweet Birch Herbals, Haydenville

Saturday, November 15, 2014

NAME: Hannah Jacobson-Hardy TITLE: Owner, Sweet Birch Herbals, 7 Solar Circle, Haydenville WEBSITE: www.sweetbirchherbals.com AGE: 27 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: 2013 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One, me. WHAT YOU DO: I offer two services as a holistic …

YouTube joins crowded competition in music industry’s move to paid subscription services

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The music industry’s move toward paid subscription services, and away from discs and downloads, has been underway for several years. Last week, YouTube joined the party - bringing with it the world’s largest audience for popular music and …