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President Barack Obama speaks about his Clean Power Plan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. The president is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Power plant rules put climate change on 2016 radar

Monday, August 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize. To Democrats, rallying around global climate change is a way to energize liberal supporters and paint Republicans as out of touch with the majority of …

Veterans Affairs Medical Center officials detail improvements in patient access, wait times

Monday, August 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though Iraq combat veteran Alonzo Swift says services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs are helping him get on his feet, the agency still has a way to go in a number of key areas. Swift, 52, served in Iraq for about a year before coming back to the U.S. …

Amherst developer seeks Northampton Planning Board approval for 13-unit development planned for Barrett Street, has OK of Conservation Commission and DPW

Monday, August 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Eight months after purchasing a single-family home on a two-acre lot at 95 Barrett St., an Amherst developer is seeking Planning Board approval to build a 13-unit apartment complex at the site. Plans for the proposed Sunwood Green development call for renovations to the existing home, building 12 townhouse units in …

Pond users dislike idea of fees, permits at Puffer’s

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — Town officials, bothered by reports of continued illegal activities like alcohol consumption at Puffer’s Pond, are considering a number of responses, including the possibility of instituting a permit system or day-use fees at the popular swimming …

Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy …

Truck fire briefly delays I-91 traffic

Sunday, August 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A small truck that caught fire Sunday night near the Northampton-Hatfield line delayed southbound traffic on Interstate 91 for around half an hour. According to state police, the incident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. in the southbound lane of I-91, just south of where Elm Street …

Badge of honor

Sunday, August 2, 2015

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UMass official to attend ‘Open Textbook Network’ meeting

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — With textbook costs estimated at about $1,300 by the College Board, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is participating in the first meeting of a group advocating for “open textbooks,” resources students can use for free. Marilyn Billings, scholarly communication and special initiatives librarian for UMass will …

Disgust, some caution: Shelburne residents, experts assess state of Cosby allegations

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Until recently, Bill Cosby was Shelburne’s most famous resident for reasons that he could be proud of. Now, the television star’s name is prominent again for another reason: a growing number of women have come forward since last year to accuse him of rape and sexual assault. On …

Two backpacks with chef knives and other items stolen from a vehicle overnight — and other area police news

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hadley ∎ A 33-year-old Pittsfield man was arrested Sunday at 4:36 p.m. in a domestic violence case on charges of assault and battery on a family member, assault with a dangerous weapon, and threatening to commit a crime, police said. According to police, the man, who was not …

One rescued from Connecticut River swimming area in Northampton after leg injury Saturday

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A person with a leg injury was rescued from the Connecticut River swimming area off Hockanum Road Saturday afternoon. The Northampton Fire Department responded to a 911 call Saturday around 3 p.m. The injured person was found near a rope swing on the riverbank and is …

Ribbon cutting for newly renovated old Town Hall in Easthampton set for ArtWalk Aug. 8

Saturday, August 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — It was June 29, 1869, and Samuel Williston was presiding over a ceremony to dedicate Easthampton’s Town Hall, which had just been completed. Buildings had been painted, streets were cleaned and everyone was dressed in their …

Amherst parking report calls for new parking garage, improved signage and more

Saturday, August 1, 2015

AMHERST — As a downtown business owner since the 1980s, Nick Seamon has witnessed an increasing demand for parking in Amherst center that he says has gone unaddressed by the town — even with the opening of the …