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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 16, 2012 file photo, newly constructed roadways are being built in Fairfax County, Va. President Barack Obama’s budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said. Obama will unveil a $4 trillion budget on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

Obama budget proposes $478B public works program

Sunday, February 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — The $4 trillion budget that President Barack Obama sends Congress on Monday proposes higher taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations, and an ambitious $478 billion public works program for highway, bridge and transit upgrades. The grab-bag of proposals, many recycled from past Obama budgets, already is generating fierce objections from Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress for …

Snowstorm to move in late Sunday; 10 to 14 inches expected, morning commute affected

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Communities issued parking bans and Mountain Road in Easthampton was to be closed in readiness for a daylong snowstorm starting late Sunday, with 10 to 14 inches forecast by the National Weather Service. The weather service issued a winter storm warning from 9 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Tuesday in Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire counties, with 10 to 14 inches expected north …

UMass jewelry-making event seeks to inspire young girls to pursue engineering careers

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — In her almost four years studying electrical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Kelly Kennedy said she has spent a lot of her time in the basement of Marcus Hall in a space called “The Exploratorium.” Students go there to do homework or just follow an engineering whim that could take …

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in Greenfield identifies homeless families in hotels, opioid addiction as top two priorities

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito told a room full of municipal leaders Thursday that homeless families living in the town’s hotels and opioid addiction are the new Republican administration’s two top priorities. “We will have specific plans …

Fire caused by heat tape badly damages house in Chesterfield

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Fire badly damaged a house on Old Chesterfield Road *** Wednesday night, displacing a woman and child and prompting a reminder by the fire chief about safety during the winter. The fire at 311 Old Chesterfield …

Sign with New England Patriots logo missing from lamppost on Dana Street in Amherst

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — As a longtime New England Patriots fan, Ken Samonds has been showing his pride in their success by displaying a huge sign with a team logo in front of his downtown home. But just a week …

Amherst seeks applications from restaurants for wine and malt liquor license

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — Restaurants in Amherst have a rare opportunity to obtain a liquor license allow them to sell wine and malt beverages for on-site consumption. The wine and malt license, one of eight the town is allowed to issue, became available Jan. 1 after the owners of the …

AG nominee gains backing

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation’s top law enforcement job. “I believe she’s not only qualified but …

Obama looks for 7% boost in budget plan

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits …

Christopher Burnham of Florence fined $1,875 after misleading police at traffic stop

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence man was fined $1,875 after a jury found him guilty of driving with a suspended license and misleading police by sliding into the passenger seat and claiming that he was not driving when he got pulled over last February. A Hampshire Superior Court jury …

Students frustrated by UMass Amherst banning guests from dorms during Super Bowl in attempt to control behavior

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening, freshman Ben Reider didn’t know who will win Sunday’s Super Bowl, but he expects one thing for sure: chaos on campus. “If we lose I guess they’ll …

Area firewood dealers holding prices down despite limited supply

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pioneer Valley residents looking for firewood this late in the season may find it in short supply — but at least they aren’t encountering the staggeringly high prices faced by Boston-area consumers. Stephen Holt, a logger from Westhampton, …

Pedestrian hospitalized with serious injuries after Williamsburg accident

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Authorities have not yet identified the woman who was hospitalized after suffering serious injuries when she was struck by a vehicle on Goshen Road (Route 9) Wednesday night. The pedestrian was hit about 6:30 p.m. near Pat’s Package Store and the intersection of Goshen, Village Hill …