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FILE - In this June 2, 2014 file photo, a hill of coal is seen at the North Omaha Station, a coal-burning power station, in Omaha, Neb. The Environmental Protection Agency will announce Wednesday, Nov. 26, a preferred range of 65 to 70 parts per billion to reduce the amount of smog-forming pollution allowed in the air, people familiar with the proposal told The Associated Press. The agency's scientific advisers had endorsed a standard as low as 60 parts per billion. The current standard is 75 parts per billion, put in place by President George W. Bush in 2008. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

US moves to tighten smog limits

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more. Business groups panned the Environmental Protection Agency’s new ozone regulations as unnecessary and the …

UPDATED: First storm of season comes in as predicted: a whopper on Thanksgiving eve

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Carla Tettah-Kpodar’s first brush with snow — in her lifetime — turned out to be an eventful one Wednesday. The Smith College first-year student, who hails from Ghana in West Africa and had only seen snow on television, maintained a cheery attitude despite having a flight to Washington out of Hartford’s …

Peter Pan Café reopens in Easthampton after agreement on tax payment reached with state

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The doors of the Peter Pan Café were unlocked at noon Wednesday and the neon Miller Lite sign in the window invited patrons back to the bar, eight days after it was shuttered by the state for nonpayment of taxes. Behind the bar, co-owner Robert LaBombard said happily that he and his partner, Sandra Wheeler, worked out an agreement with the …

Judge denies bail reduction for Fabian Williams, charged with raping two girls at Northampton residential treatment program for teens

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Wednesday denied a request to reduce the bail of Fabian Williams, a 27-year-old Springfield man who is accused of raping two girls when he was an overnight staff member at a former residential treatment program for children in Northampton. Williams’ attorney, …

Bill Cosby steps down as honorary co-chairman of UMass Amherst fundraising campaign

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday night that it has cut ties with embattled entertainer Bill Cosby amid accusations that he sexually assaulted more than a dozen women during his career. UMass joins at least …

Florence woman cited for texting while driving after car hits telephone pole

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Deborah L. Feen-Epstein, 52, of 168 Maple Ridge Road, Florence, was given a written warning for texting while driving after her vehicle struck a telephone pole on Pine Street in Florence Tuesday evening. Feen-Epstein was not injured in the accident. According to police, she was driving …

Area police news

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Northampton ∎ Francis Besson, 51, of 421 North Main St., Apt. B6, Leeds, was arrested at the Northampton Police Station at 1:47 a.m. Wednesday on a warrant issued by Woburn District Court for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding. ∎ A report that someone had rubbed …

Lavery Greenfield of Hatfield collects 1,009 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HATFIELD — For the entire month of October, Lavery Greenfield, 8, came home from school to find several jars of peanut butter and jelly on her front steps. Sometimes, the third-grader at Hatfield Elementary School recalls, there would …

Attorney general-elect Maura Healey names David Sullivan, Thomas Lesser to transition team

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Attorney general-elect Maura Healey has named two area lawyers to her transition team as she prepares to take over as the state’s top prosecutor in January. Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan and Thomas Lesser, who …

Paul Dunphy resigns from Williamsburg Select Board due to illness, new member sought

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — Paul Dunphy has resigned from the Select Board after receiving news that he needs a bone marrow transplant as part of his treatment for a blood disorder. He has been a member of the board for …

With pennies, nickels, quarters, Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund launches 82nd year

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Susan Lavallee’s kindergarten class at the R.K. Finn Ryan Road School has already started raising money for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. So far, the class has raised 50 cents. Someone found two quarters on the floor, but no one claimed them, so Lavallee decided …

Kinder Morgan executives contributed to campaign of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Five top executives of Kinder Morgan — the Houston-based corporation that hopes to build a pipeline through Massachusetts — each made the maximum allowable personal contributions to the campaign of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, according to state campaign finance records. The $500 contributions — all made on Election Day, …

Businesses invited to briefings in Hadley, Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A statewide industrial group and local chambers of commerce have scheduled by-invitation-only meetings Tuesday in Hadley and Greenfield to brief businesses about the project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. Associated Industries of Massachusetts is the co-sponsor of the “business community energy briefing” sessions. The meeting in …