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FILE - In this July 31, 2000 file photo, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. gives a thumbs up after taking over as chairman of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.  A newly unveiled indictment against Hastert released Thursday, May 28, 2015,  accuses the Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime schoolteacher silent about "prior misconduct."   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

AP source: Hastert paid to conceal claims of sexual abuse

Saturday, May 30, 2015

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and the allegations are not contained in an indictment issued Thursday. The specific nature of the claims was not immediately clear. The federal indictment accused Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to keep a person from the suburban Chicago town where he was a longtime high school teacher and wrestling coach silent about “prior misconduct,” but the …

Paul seeks ‘spying showdown’ in Sunday Senate meeting on NSA

Saturday, May 30, 2015

WASHINGTON ­— Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said he’s ready for a “spying showdown” when the Senate holds a rare Sunday session, a sign he isn’t relenting in his fight against renewing anti-terrorism programs set to expire Monday. Paul, of Kentucky, asked supporters in an e-mail Friday to join him in opposing National Security Agency spying. Paul, like any U.S. senator, has the …

Former NY governor Pataki joins GOP presidential pack

Thursday, May 28, 2015

EXETER, N.H. — George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a divided nation. Just as he was overshadowed after the 2001 terrorist attacks by Mayor Rudy …

GOP field grows as longshots Fiorina, Carson launch bids

Monday, May 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson joined the rapidly expanding 2016 Republican presidential class on Monday, casting themselves as political outsiders in underdog campaigns, eager to challenge the elite of both parties. …

Northampton Democratic City Committee will elect delegates to state convention

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Democratic City Committee will hold its annual meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 16 in the community room at JFK Middle School on Bridge Road. Items on the agenda include updates from state Rep. Peter Kocot, Mayor David J. Narkewicz, and representatives …

Ex-congressman gets JFK award for climate stance

Sunday, May 3, 2015

BOSTON — Former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Sunday for reversing his position on climate change despite the predictable political fallout that helped cost the South Carolina Republican his …

Cummington voters reduce regional school budget, approve borrowing for high-speed Internet service

Saturday, May 2, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Friday reduced the regional school budget request, and after lengthy discussion authorized the town to borrow $1.4 million that will allow the town to join the WiredWest Cooperative and bring high-speed Internet service to Cummington. A total of 89 …

Protesters march from Amherst College to UMass demanding increased access to education for undocumented immigrants

Friday, May 1, 2015

AMHERST — About 70 people, mostly college-aged, marched from Amherst College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday chanting their mission to bring undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows, into the classroom.” Hampshire College student Gustavo Madrigal described …

No contested races in Sunderland, vacant seats on School Committee

Friday, May 1, 2015

SUNDERLAND — There are no contests in this year’s annual town election Saturday. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sunderland Elementary School. There are two vacant seats on the Sunderland Elementary School Committee. Candidates are incumbent Scott A. Bergeron, for a three-year …

No contests in Deerfield annual election; candidate needed for Frontier Regional School Committee

Friday, May 1, 2015

DEERFIELD — There are no contested races in the annual election Monday, and no candidates for a seat on the Frontier Regional School Committee. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the town offices. Carolyn Shores Ness, who has served four terms on the …

Area briefs

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hatfield ABSENTEE BALLOTS: Absentee ballots for the May 19 annual election are available in the town clerk’s office. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is noon May 18. Voters may vote by absentee ballot in the clerk’s office. A written request is required for an absentee …

Pelham voters to consider $4.3 million budget, decide contest for Select Board

Friday, May 1, 2015

PELHAM — Voters Saturday will consider a budget of almost $4.3 million, and Tuesday will decide a contest for a three-year term on the Select Board. The annual Town Meeting begins at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Pelham Elementary School. The proposed budget is up slightly more than …

Worthington voters to consider $2.876 million budget and decide contests for Select Board and School Committee

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WORTHINGTON — Voters Saturday will consider a $2.876 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and will decide contests for Select Board and School Committee. The annual Town Meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Hall, where polls for the election will be open …