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FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks in Nashua, N.H. Senate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it. “Anybody who monkeys with this bill is going to run into a buzz saw,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned ahead of this week’s debate. Also trying to discourage any changes, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey urged senators to stick with the plan as it emerged from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Supporters of Senate Iran bill look to avoid amendments

Sunday, April 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it. “Anybody who monkeys with this bill is going to run into a buzz saw,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned ahead …

Sunderland Town Meeting adopts lower Frontier Regional budget, backs anti-pipeline resolution

Friday, April 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland has become the first of the Frontier Regional School District towns to approve Superintendent Martha Barrett’s original, no-increase budget for next year. The vote at Friday night’s annual Town Meeting was a stand against the regional School Committee’s decision in March to restore funding for six positions that would have been cut under the original budget. That would have increased …

Deerfield Town Meeting to consider revised zoning for industrial park

Friday, April 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Voters will be asked Monday night to approve fundamental changes to the zoning bylaws that govern the town’s industrial park, to spend money to study how town offices and school space could be consolidated, and to enter an agreement with New England Natural Bakers for a new factory on the former Oxford Pickle property. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in …

Whately Town meeting to consider resolution opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

WHATELY — Voters will consider joining the western Massachusetts towns standing against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline by adopting a resolution opposing the project at the annual Town Meeting on Tuesday. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Whately Elementary School. The resolution states that the town …

Sunderland voters at annual Town Meeting to consider opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SUNDERLAND — As has occurred in dozens of other communities since last spring, Sunderland voters will be asked Friday to adopt a resolution opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline, even though the town is not on the project’s expected route from Wright, New York, to Dracut. The resolution …

Southampton voters to hear from Select Board, School Committee and Board of Health candidates at forum Monday

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Candidates for the contested Select Board, School Committee and Board of Health seats will face voters’ question at a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the first-floor conference room of Town Hall. The town election is from noon to 8 p.m. May 4. Incumbent …

Amherst Town Meeting begins Monday with housing, development issues on agenda

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

AMHERST — Town Meeting, which begins next week, will have an opportunity to encourage construction of affordable housing, while continuing to see tax-based development in Amherst’s village centers. Town Manager John Musante said efforts to promote a more …

Peace group seeks participants for rally against nuclear weapons Sunday in New York City

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local peace activists will board a New York City-bound bus Sunday to take part in a rally against nuclear weapons on the occasion of a United Nations session on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Jeff Napolitano, organizer with the Western Massachusetts American Friends Service Committee, said he …

Whately voters will be asked to buy Western Massachusetts Regional Library building for municipal offices

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WHATELY — After a last-minute petition effort, residents will be asked to approve buying the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System building in the Whately Industrial Park for $815,000 during the town’s April 28 Town Meeting. The building has been at the center of the debate over what to …

Clinton dismisses attacks on foundation

Monday, April 20, 2015

KEENE, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton dismissed swirling questions about her family foundation Monday as little more than political attacks from Republicans eager to gain an early advantage in the 2016 presidential contest. Clinton, campaigning for the Democratic …

Clinton courts liberals at campaign’s outset

Sunday, April 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — This time, Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to be on liberals’ good side. As a presidential candidate in 2008, she opposed gay marriage, equivocated on granting driver’s licenses to people who were living in the U.S. illegally …

Amherst’s Extravaganja pro-pot rally attracts thousands downtown for peaceful gathering

Sunday, April 19, 2015

AMHERST — Thousands of people showed up on the Town Common Saturday afternoon for Extravaganja, the 24th annual pro-marijuana rally, and enjoyed an afternoon of music, food and speakers with no disruptive incidents. Though Amherst Police Chief Scott …

GOP White House hopefuls dispute America’s role in world

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NASHUA, N.H. — Rand Paul lashed out Saturday at military hawks in the Republican Party in a clash over foreign policy dividing the packed GOP presidential field. Paul, a first-term senator from Kentucky who favors a smaller U.S. …