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FILE - In this March 7, 2014 file photo Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md. Perry has spent a record 14 years in office, but with eight months left he is now the focus of a grand jury investigation over a veto last summer. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Grand jury probe could complicate Rick Perry’s prospects

Sunday, April 20, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time. But with eight months left on the job and a decision to make about the 2016 presidential race, the … 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

Shoe thrown as Clinton gives speech

Thursday, April 10, 2014

LAS VEGAS — A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former Secretary of State began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech. The incident happened moments after Clinton took the stage before an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay resort. … 0

Brett Vottero, prosecutor in Anthony Baye arson/murder trial, announces candidacy for Hampden County district attorney

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The attorney who helped put convicted arsonist Anthony Baye of Northampton behind bars last year is a candidate to be Hampden County’s top prosecutor. Brett Vottero is running for the seat previously held by Mark Mastroianni, who is awaiting final U.S. Senate approval as a presiding … 0

Quebec separatist party routed in elections

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MONTREAL — Quebec voters gave a resounding no to the prospect of holding a third referendum on independence from Canada, handing the main separatist party in the French-speaking province one of its worst electoral defeats ever. The Liberal … 0

Kennedy to be on Conn. ballot

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — Ted Kennedy Jr. has long had his famous name bandied about as a potential candidate for high political office while he worked for the disabled, campaigned for others and gave a stirring eulogy for … 0

Christine Archambault defeats incumbent Rita Lawler for electric light board seat in South Hadley

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Christine M. Archambault is the newest member of the town electric light board after she defeated incumbent Rita M. Lawler in Tuesday’s town election. Archambault, a resident of town for 25 years, won the three-year-term 693-363 over Lawler, who had been on the board since … 0

Hadley elects Molly Keegan to Select Board, approves ballot question

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

HADLEY — New Select Board, School Committee and Planning Board members were voted into office Tuesday in the town election, including a write-in candidate. In addition, voters approved a ballot question which allows the town to increase its … 0

Vermont’s Sanders eyes president bid

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to appear in New Hampshire this weekend as he weighs a run for president. The two-term Vermont independent has two events scheduled Saturday, including a stop at the Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. The institute … 0

Granby voters approve spending $363,041 annually on new trash, recycling program

Monday, April 7, 2014

GRANBY — Residents at a special Town Meeting Monday night approved spending $363,041 per year on a new waste collection program. In order for the program to take effect, residents must also vote at the town election May … 0

Hadley voters to consider ballot question about health insurance costs for surviving spouses of employees

Monday, April 7, 2014

HADLEY — Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether the town should increase its health insurance premium costs for the surviving spouses of employees or retired employees. Voting at the annual town election is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Hopkins Academy. The ballot … 0

Afghan election hailed as victory over violence

Sunday, April 6, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghans and the international community hailed its presidential election as a triumph of democracy over violence Sunday, despite complaints about ballot shortages and sporadic fraud after millions of people braved a Taliban threat to vote … 0

Pitching young Democrats: Candidates for governor woo political activists gathered for convention at Smith College in Northampton

Saturday, April 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The five Democratic candidates for governor of Massachusetts called Saturday for measures to improve the state’s economy, close achievement gaps in education and safeguard at-risk children. In remarks to members of the College Democrats of Massachusetts, … 1