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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 »

Markets set new records

Monday, May 18, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market crept to a record high in a quiet session on Monday. Investors had little news to weigh because most major companies have finished reporting first-quarter results. The Dow Jones industrial average added …

Creamery the latest addition to 237-year-old Mayval Farm in Westhampton

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Mayval Farm in Westhampton has been owned and operated by the Parsons family since 1778, a tradition that the family hopes will continue into future generations. They know that to remain in business means staying competitive …

Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley to reopen this summer after renovations

Sunday, May 17, 2015

HADLEY — Closed for renovations since October, Zoe’s Fish House may reopen in six to eight weeks, according to owner Jim Sands. Sands, of Goshen, said renovations have taken several months longer than anticipated. The restaurant used to be in its own freestanding building, and when renovations are …

Administrator of New England Health Center in Sunderland defends quality of care

Saturday, May 16, 2015

SUNDERLAND — In a memo to the staff of the New England Health Center in Sunderland, the nursing home’s manager has defended the quality of care at the facility after newspapers reported that it had earned the federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services’ lowest rating of “much …

Area business briefs

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spa holds opening celebration in Florence FLORENCE — Simply Serenity @ Franki’s, a spa and salon at 40 Main St., will hold a grand opening celebration at 1 p.m. May 23, with refreshments and face-painting and balloons for …

Lyft gets $100 million endorsement

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The investment in a privately held startup such as San Francisco-based Lyft is unusual for the 79-year-old Icahn, whose net worth is $22.4 billion, according to Forbes. Icahn has spent his career, and made his fortune, buying large stakes in publicly traded companies such as Apple Inc. and …

Google to test self-driving pod car on public roads

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Google will start testing podlike self-driving car prototypes on public roads near its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., this summer. The prototypes are the first of a 100-car fleet the tech giant is building as it researches robotic car technology. “Vehicles that can take anyone from A to …

US stock indexes end higher

Saturday, May 16, 2015

U.S. stock indexes spent Friday mostly drifting between tiny gains and losses, but the small moves were enough to nudge the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its second record high in two days. The Dow Jones industrial …

Customers reflect on end of an era at Captain Video going-out-of-business sale in Amherst

Friday, May 15, 2015

AMHERST — Selecting silent films starring Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd from the shelves at Captain Video, Allison Willette of Hadley observed that her children have enjoyed watching these classics. It was during a long car …

Stock indexes climb, breaking 3-day slump

Thursday, May 14, 2015

U.S. stocks rebounded Thursday, snapping a three-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. Encouraging data on the U.S. job market and inflation helped lift the market, pushing the S&P …