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FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 file photo shows boxes of Jell-O on a shelf at a store in Vauxhall, N.J. Utah's legislature has voted on favor of Jell-O as the state snack. When New Hampshire lawmakers this month shot down as frivolous a group of fourth-graders' effort to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor, the pols got pasted as insensitive bullies. But in a state with an official tree, bird, dog, animal, insect, amphibian, butterfly, saltwater fish, freshwater fish, rock, mineral, gem and, yes, tartan, some say the legislators have a point. (AP Photo/Dan Goodman, File)

How many state bugs, beans are necessary?

Monday, March 30, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of the eclectic and, some say, out-of-control state symbol club. When New Hampshire lawmakers this month shot down as frivolous a group of fourth-graders’ effort to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor, the …

Buhari leads in Nigeria presidential vote as protests persist

Monday, March 30, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria — Former Nigerian military ruler Muhammadu Buhari took a wide lead in the presidential race with almost half of the 36 states reporting results from the March 28-29 general elections. Buhari led with 61.5 percent of the vote to 34.4 percent for President Goodluck Jonathan with tallies from 15 states and …

Amherst voters Tuesday will decide contested race for two School Commitee seats

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — Voters will decide just one townwide race for two positions on the School Committee in Tuesday’s election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Three candidates are running for School Committee, Viraphanh Douangmany, 12 Longmeadow Drive, Unit 21, and Phoebe F. Hazzard, 208 Snell St., will both have their names on the ballot, while Victor A. Nunez-Ortiz, 5 …

GOP seeks way out of Homeland Security bind

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats. “We …

Hadley election has contests for Select Board, town treasurer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HADLEY — There will be a three-way race to fill two seats on the Select Board at the annual town election April 14, and two candidates will vie for the treasurer’s job that opened when longtime town employee Connie Mieczkowski retired. There are two other contested races, and …

Amherst Board of Registrars dismisses complaint about signatures for School Committee candidate

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — An objection to the certification of signatures for a School Committee candidate has been dismissed by the Board of Registrars. The board Tuesday voted unanimously to take no action on the Feb. 12 appeal filed by Town Meeting members Mary Wentworth of Precinct 5 and Vincent …

Speak-out at Pulaski Park in Northampton to take stand against anti-Semitic incidents

Monday, February 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Local members of the Jewish community and a network of diverse organizations will gather in Pulaski Park at 6:30 p.m. Saturday to speak out against hate and bigotry in response to recent anti-Semitic acts in the area, according to Jennifer Levi, a Beit Ahavah Reform Synagogue …

Southampton overhauls election procedures after state review

Monday, February 23, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Town election procedures have been overhauled after the Massachusetts secretary of state’s office found “inconsistences” between state law and the town’s previous election practices. Southampton Town Clerk Janine Domina asked the office earlier this year to review the town’s election procedures, according to Michelle Tassinari, director …

Poll finds most back Obama plan to raise investment taxes

Sunday, February 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The rich aren’t taxed enough and the middle class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they’re too high as well. Those are the results of an Associated Press-GfK poll that found …

Amherst Board of Registrars delays decision on complaint over School Committee candidate’s nomination signatures

Saturday, February 21, 2015

AMHERST — Ballots for Amherst’s March 31 election need to be printed soon, but how many names for townwide office will appear remains unknown after the Board of Registrars took no action Friday on a complaint that one School Committee candidate did not collect enough valid signatures. Despite …

Warren asks people’s support for more just education policies

Friday, February 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Speaking Thursday at Greenfield Community College, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked for people’s support to help make college more affordable, to support early childhood education and to make education a priority and an opportunity for everyone. …

Amherst Board of Registrars expected to dismiss complaint about signatures gathered by School Committee candidate

Thursday, February 19, 2015

AMHERST — A complaint by two Town Meeting members that a School Committee candidate did not gather enough signatures to be on the March 31 election ballot is expected to be dismissed by the Board of Registrars at its meeting Friday. The four-member board is scheduled to meet …

Statewide candidates raised, spent about $33M in 2014

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts candidates spent about $33 million during last year’s elections for statewide officers, a jump of about 9 percent from the 2010 total of $30.4 million. A report by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, released Wednesday, also found candidates for governor in …