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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 »

Shell takes over rival in $70B deal

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LONDON — Oil and gas company Shell has agreed to buy British rival BG Group for 47 billion pounds ($69.7 billion), in a deal that may signal a new wave of mega-mergers as the energy industry tries to …

Report cites MBTA’s ‘structural failure’

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker called Wednesday for a financial control board to oversee the Boston-area transit system following release of a scathing report that said the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was in severe financial distress, with ineffective management and no viable maintenance plan for vehicles and equipment. …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $25 to $80; Growers: $100 to $510; Started: $50 to $240; Veal: $275; Feeders: $80 to $162.50; Heifers: $106 to $142; Steers: $162.50; Bulls: $50 to $110; Canners: $20 to $101; Cutters: $102 to $111; Utility: $112 to $120; …

New Pizza Studio in Hadley combines food and art

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HADLEY — A new pizza place aims to tap the creativity of its customers to design their pizza as an artist might compose a painting. Pizza Studio opens today at 34 Russell St., according to company spokeswoman Stephanie …

Stocks decline slightly after late-day sell-off

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks fell Tuesday as an early advance fizzled in the last hour of trading. Energy stocks rose with the price of oil while consumer discretionary stocks were among the biggest decliners. Utility stocks also …

Amherst officials concerned about impact of Berkshire Gas moratorium on development

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST — New and planned businesses and developments in Amherst may be altered, delayed or unable to open unless they are allowed to connect with a natural gas supply, municipal and business leaders said Tuesday. At the northern end of downtown, the approved mixed-use project One East Pleasant …

DC suffers power failure

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Problems at a Maryland electrical station caused widespread power outages across the nation’s capital Tuesday, affecting the White House, the Capitol, museums, train stations and other sites. Many of the outages were brief, but some …

Stocks gain as oil rallies

Monday, April 6, 2015

NEW YORK — Expectations that the Federal Reserve will be slow to raise interest rates following a weak jobs report last week helped send the stock market up on Monday. A jump in the price of crude oil …

Panel: Absenteeism, high costs plague Boston transit

Monday, April 6, 2015

BOSTON — Absenteeism among MBTA workers leads to thousands of canceled trips each year and has substantially driven up overtime costs at the beleaguered public transit agency. That’s according to findings from a panel assembled by Gov. Charlie Baker to conduct an in-depth examination of the Massachusetts Bay …

Quakers walk pipeline route with questions on climate

Sunday, April 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — If you took a drive around Deerfield Saturday afternoon, chances are you saw a pack of people walking down the road, a banner that read “Climate Change, An Invitation to New Life?” unfurled between them and …