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FILE - This May 6, 2013 file photo shows Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood speaking in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi has sued credit reporting giant Experian, alleging sweeping errors in the company’s data and routine violations of consumer protection laws. Mississippi’s action _ and a previously unreported multi-state investigation of credit bureaus led by Ohio _ represent a significant new legal challenge to the industry. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Miss. sues credit-reporting firm Experian, alleging errors

Monday, June 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Mississippi has sued Experian, the world’s largest firm that collects detailed information about consumers to evaluate their financial trustworthiness. The lawsuit and a separate investigation of the industry by 32 other states led by Ohio represent a significant new legal challenge to the industry over allegations of paperwork errors and violations of consumer protection laws. Errors can jeopardize … 0

Occupy returns to stage for May Day

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Glimmers of Occupy Wall Street will surface this week in a smattering of cities as activists join rallies for workers’ rights, as they do every year on May Day. Occupiers probably won’t show up en masse, but they will hold signs and chant, railing against a variety of social and … 0

Student volunteers focus attention on wage inequality issues for women during Arts Night Out in Northampton

Friday, April 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A group of student volunteers took advantage of “Equal Pay Day” to focus attention Friday evening on wage inequality issues for women. Equal Pay Day — April 8 in the U.S. — represents the point in the new year that American women typically have to work to earn the same amount as their male counterparts during the previous calendar year. About … 1

Job market at last shows signs of thawing out

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WASHINGTON — In an encouraging sign, a survey by a big payroll processing firm suggests that hiring may be picking up after the harsh winter. ADP Inc. estimated last week that private employers added 191,000 jobs in March. Though still a moderate gain, that number is the most … 0

Calif.’s $425M Powerball winner comes forward

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MILPITAS, Calif. (ap) — The sole winner of February’s $425 million Powerball jackpot came forward to claim his prize Tuesday. California Lottery officials said B. Raymond Buxton, a Northern California man, claimed the prize at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento. “ ‘Unbelievable!’ is all I could muster,” … 0

UMass hotel program expands as casinos seek employee base

Sunday, March 9, 2014

AMHERST — Judging from those who turned out at a recent jobs fair at the University of Massachusetts, MGM International, seeking to build an $800 million resort casino in Springfield, could be an appealing employer for graduates of … 0

Valley mentor group helps business startups thrive: Aim to counter 7 out of 10 failure stat

Monday, March 3, 2014

With the help of the local nonprofit Valley Venture Mentors, potential entrepreneurs can make strides in their quest to achieve their dreams. Jane Janovsky of South Hadley is a good example. A graphic designer and teacher in the … 0

Survey: Vital household savings still lag in US

Friday, February 28, 2014

Even as the economy slowly gains stronger footing, most Americans don’t have much in the rainy day fund and are feeling woefully unprepared for their long-term financial future, according to a national survey on household savings conducted by the Consumer Federation of America. When asked if they were … 0

Earnings gap between grads, non-grads widest since 1965

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor’s degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century. It’s a sign of the growing value of a college education despite rising tuition costs, according to an analysis of census data released Tuesday. … 0

Coalition aims to increase number of workplaces that pay ‘living wage’

Sunday, February 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When Kitty Callaghan started working as a Legal Aid attorney serving the needs of the poor in 1980, most of her clients were unemployed. If they had jobs, they likely didn’t qualify for her services based … 1

Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund helping families in need for 81st year

Sunday, November 24, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The calls began coming in September, parents starting to think about the holiday season, wondering whether the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund would be lending a hand again this year. The answer is yes. The Gazette-sponsored … 0

Making News: Awards for local businesses, charitable donations

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rotary Club hosts events NORTHAMPTON — The Rotary Club of Northampton is hosting four events in December. Dec. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. the group welcomes new and prospective members at Packards Restaurant on Masonic Street. Cover … 0

B2B ID: Danielle Anne Lorenzo, owner at Florence Animal Clinic

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Name: Danielle Anne Lorenzo, DVM Job Title, Company: Owner at Florence Animal Clinic, 185 Locust St., Northampton Website: florence-animal-clinic.com Age: 45 What You Do: Help our clients care for their pets, strive to be compassionate and caring and … 0