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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 …

Amherst Regional and statewide teachers unions pledge support for Carolyn Gardner

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Teachers in the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District and the Massachusetts Teachers Association are committed to confronting racism and offering support for Carolyn Gardner, the math teacher subjected to racist and hostile incidents during the last school year, according to a joint statement issued Tuesday. The statement …

After 69 years in Easthampton, Peter Pan Café seized by state for nonpayment of taxes

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — One of Easthampton’s oldest bars, the Peter Pan Café, is closed after it was seized by the state last week for owing $58,000 in taxes. The bar at 46 Pleasant St., which opened as the Peter …

Area court news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Easthampton ∎ Andrea M. Biladeau, 31, of 41 Franklin St., Apt. 4, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Monday to charges of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a person who is disabled or over 60, and intimidation of a witness. According to court documents, …

On eve of storm, Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce raises money to restore snow removal, maintenance of downtown sidewalks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite the sudden loss of the city’s Business Improvement District, merchants and shopkeepers will not have to dig out from the season’s first storm forecast for Wednesday. Several city businesses stepped up with donations that mean …

Area police news

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amherst ∎ Youssef Elghorfi, 25, of 81 Silver Lane, Unit B, Sunderland, was arrested at 1:23 a.m. Tuesday at Stackers, 57 North Pleasant St., on a charge of defacing property and two counts of assault and battery after a window was reported smashed at the bar. Northampton ∎ …

Weather gurus predict snow for wherever you drive on Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Max Saito of Northampton hopes to make it to Vermont by Wednesday evening, but he’ll settle for Thursday morning if necessary. Like everyone else around here with Thanksgiving travel plans, Saito lamented that one of the …

Compressor station for proposed pipeline stirs concerns in Deerfield

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DEERFIELD — When Tom and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farm learned a month or so ago that Kinder Morgan was changing its preferred route for its proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project south from a path that would …

Northampton property owners to see $124 increase in property taxes this year, council keeps single tax rate

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Property owners in the city should expect to see a slight jump in their tax bills this year when third-quarter bills go out in January, though the increase will not be nearly as large as last year when a Proposition 2½ override kicked in. The City …

Long a dream, high-speed passenger rail service set for Dec. 29 launch throughout the Valley

Monday, November 24, 2014

Five weeks and counting. After years of planning for higher-speed passenger rail service in the Valley, the first Amtrak train is on track to roll up the river just before the first of the year. “From everything we …

Pentagon chief Hagel out under pressure

Monday, November 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration’s Middle East crisis management. The president said …