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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Senators also plan to address the government's soon-to-expire authority to collect bulk data on Americans' phone records. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 on the bill, which would let Obama complete trade deals that Congress could approve or reject, but not change. …

Edward Lesko Jr. unseated from Select Board, Board of Health in Hatfield

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HATFIELD — Patrick J. Gaughan unseated incumbent Select Board Chairman Edward W. Lesko Jr. who finished last in a three-way race for the seat in Tuesday’s town election. Lesko also lost his seat on the Board of Health. Gaughan received 315 votes to 273 for Jan Joseph Adamski, a former Select Board member, and 195 for Lesko. A total of 806 votes were …

Clinton to State: ‘I want those emails out’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department on Tuesday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to dog her presidential campaign. “I want those emails out,” …

NYC mayor touts national liberal vision

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, fashioning himself as one of the left’s loudest voices on economic causes, appeared in Washington on Tuesday to make two stops on his national tour to tout the need …

Belchertown passes rules for motorboats, approves budget at Monday’s Town Meeting

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Boaters will several new regulations designed to improve safety on its waterways following action at the annual Town Meeting Monday night. Voters adopted a new set of bylaws, by a vote of 80 to 38, regulating motorboats on Belchertown’s waterways. The new regulations limit motorboats on …

Belchertown Town Meeting approves CPA money for assisted living development at former State School site

Monday, May 11, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Town Meeting on Monday night approved giving $218,000 in Community Preservation Act money earmarked for affordable housing to the Grantham Group, a Boston-based assisted living developer set to build an 83-unit complex on the grounds of …

Presidential vote a shock in Poland

Monday, May 11, 2015

WARSAW, Poland — President Bronislaw Komorowski lost the first round of the country’s presidential election to a previously unknown 42-year-old member of the European Parliament, in what is being called the biggest shock in Polish politics in years. …

UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy addresses Amherst Town Meeting, promises continued collaboration on economic development

Monday, May 11, 2015

AMHERST — With a joint planning study focused on housing and economic development complete, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy is promising the University of Massachusetts and the town will continue to work together for their mutual benefit. At his second-ever appearance before Town Meeting, Subbaswamy said Monday that the …

Granby Town Meeting votes on compensation and revolving funds, delays decision on sewer project

Monday, May 11, 2015

GRANBY — Voters at the annual Town Meeting Monday took up articles on matters including town employee compensation and over $235,000 in fee-generated revolving funds, but a vote on an $8.3 million sewer expansion project remains on the horizon for a June session. Scores of citizens attended the …

Chesterfield Town Meeting unanimously approves $3.25 million budget with 2½ percent raises for town workers

Monday, May 11, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Voters at the annual Town Meeting Monday night unanimously approved a $3.25 million budget that includes 2½ percent raises for town employees. The $3,255,348 budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is 1.2 percent more than the current year’s spending. Next year’s budget includes $697,845 …

Belchertown voters to consider $48.6 million budget, affordable housing at former state school, motorboat rules

Saturday, May 9, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Voters at annual Town Meeting on Monday will consider a $48.6 million budget, spending Community Preservation Act money to help ensure affordable housing at the former Belchertown State School, and a proposal to regulate motorboats. The Town Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Belchertown High …

Chesterfield voters to consider $3.25 million budget with 2½ percent raises for town employees

Saturday, May 9, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — Voters at annual Town Meeting on Monday will be asked to approve a $3.25 million budget that includes 2½ percent raises for town employees. Town Meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Voters will consider an operating budget totaling $3,255,348 for the fiscal year …

Writer Nathaniel Reade candidate for at-large seat on Northampton School Committee

Friday, May 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local writer Nathaniel Reade, of 33 Longfellow Drive in Florence, has announced his candidacy for an at-large seat on the Northampton School Committee. Reade, 56, owns a communications business, the Bellows Group, with his wife, Michaela O’Brien, and also works as a freelance writer and journalist. …