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Connecticut, Maine have slow economic growth; Mass. healthier

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the recession in 2009, according to new federal statistics released Wednesday. Quarterly gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services — from 2005 to 2013 was released by the U.S. Commerce Department, which said the statistics will provide a “more complete picture of economic growth” in each state. … 0

Stocks advance for third day, despite Fed minutes

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market rose for a third straight day Wednesday despite a report from the Federal Reserve that showed a growing chorus of central bank officials willing to raise interest rates sooner rather than later. In the bond market, prices fell and yields rose as investors prepared themselves for higher … 0

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled … 0

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I-91 repair looks at another two months Additional deterioration found on bridge over Route 5

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Leslea Newman: One morning at 7:14 — a mother who knew her time to go

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Leslea Newman: One morning at 7:14 — a mother who knew her time to go
  • JERREY ROBERTS
The I-91 Exit 18 on-ramp in Northampton remains closed Wednesday.

    JERREY ROBERTS The I-91 Exit 18 on-ramp in Northampton remains closed Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Installing the arrow of the weathervane to the spire of the Westhampton Congregational United Church Tuesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Installing the arrow of the weathervane to the spire of the Westhampton Congregational United Church Tuesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school.

    KEVIN GUTTING Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Dinah, Mack, seventh grade social study teacher, left, instructs Claire-Anne Williams, sixth to eighth grade instrumental music teacher, right, how to create a presentation for Williams' general music class during the JFK Technology Conference at the JFK Middle School in Florence Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Dinah, Mack, seventh grade social study teacher, left, instructs Claire-Anne Williams, sixth to eighth grade instrumental music teacher, right, how to create a presentation for Williams' general music class during the JFK Technology Conference at the JFK Middle School in Florence Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Easthampton High School teacher Nancy Dunn, left, chats with some of her summer Health and Physical Education class students just before they began a project to install plantings of mountain laurel, gem rhododendron and spirea in an area of Daley Park formerly known as "smokers' corner".

    KEVIN GUTTING Easthampton High School teacher Nancy Dunn, left, chats with some of her summer Health and Physical Education class students just before they began a project to install plantings of mountain laurel, gem rhododendron and spirea in an area of Daley Park formerly known as "smokers' corner". Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD
South Hadley Assistant Principal Pat Lemieux, of Westfield, discusses plans for Freshman Orientation with seniors, Kenzy Bouchard, 17 (left), Danielle Miele, 17 (right), and other student leaders (not pictured) in the South Hadley High School library on Thursday afternoon, August 7th.

    JASON PICARD South Hadley Assistant Principal Pat Lemieux, of Westfield, discusses plans for Freshman Orientation with seniors, Kenzy Bouchard, 17 (left), Danielle Miele, 17 (right), and other student leaders (not pictured) in the South Hadley High School library on Thursday afternoon, August 7th. Purchase photo reprints »

Deere to lay off 600 at four factories

Friday, August 15, 2014

Deere & Co., the world’s largest maker of farm equipment, said Friday it will lay off 600 workers at four Midwest agricultural-equipment factories, including two in Illinois, because of declining demand for its products. The plants are in Moline and East Moline; Ankeny, Iowa; and Coffeyville, Kansas, said … 0

Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattles stocks

Friday, August 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattled markets on Friday. Reports that Ukrainian forces attacked Russian military vehicles that had crossed the border knocked stock markets down in the afternoon and sent traders into the safety … 0

Worries increase that fund managers may have difficulty finding buyers for bonds

Friday, August 15, 2014

NEW YORK — If bonds start to tumble, should I sell my bond mutual fund? It’s a question investors are asking as expectations rise for a more volatile bond market. But a better question may be: How difficult will it be for my fund manager to sell? Worries … 0

Advocates of municipal broadband face resistance over high-speed access

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wilson, N.C., determined nearly a decade ago that high-speed Internet access would be essential to the community’s social and economic health in the 21st century, just as electricity, water and sewers were in the previous 100 years. But private Internet service providers would not join the city in … 0

Sentencing panel to weigh economic crime penalties

Friday, August 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The federal panel that sets sentencing policy announced Thursday that it plans in the coming year to consider changes to sentencing guidelines for some white-collar crimes. The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which earlier this year reduced guideline … 0

Merchants offer advice to customers taking advantage of Massachusetts tax-free weekend

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As merchants brace themselves for crowds this tax-free weekend, some advise their customers to decide on their purchases the day before to avoid some of the hassle. “Try to picture 32 bodies” in this store, remarked Ken Adams, … 0

Massachusetts Public Health Council approves plan by Baystate Franklin Medical Center to replace operating rooms

Thursday, August 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center passed a major hurdle in its efforts to enable area residents to receive more health care services close to home in Greenfield and recruit additional physicians to the region. The Massachusetts Public Health Council approved the hospital’s request for determination of need … 0

Patrick urges protesting Market Basket employees to return to work

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is urging Market Basket employees to go back to work while a deal to sell the chain is hammered out. Patrick told reporters Wednesday that he spoke with ousted former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. He also spoke with Market Basket Board Chairman Keith … 0

Stocks make modest gains

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A modest gain for the stock market on Wednesday tugged the Dow Jones industrial average back into the black for the year as investors set aside concerns about Ukraine, Iraq and earnings, at least … 0

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., none; 61-75 lbs., $43 to $60; 76-95 lbs., $56 to $70; 96-105 lbs., $60 to $61; 106 lbs. & up, $60 to $63; farm calves, $100 to $360; start calves, $125 to $140; feeders, $85 … 0