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    1. Hasbro among big gainers as S&P 500 ekes out a small advance to set a new record

      Hasbro among big gainers as S&P 500 ekes out a small advance to set a new record

      Toymaker Hasbro and the V.F. Corporation, which owns clothing brands including Wrangler and The North Face, were among the biggest gainers in the S&P 500 after reporting earnings that beat analysts' expectations. McDonalds dipped after reporting disappointing revenue. The S&P 500 closed up a fraction of a point at 1,744.66, an all-time high, its third consecutive record close. Stocks climbed last week after Washington reached a deal to end a 16-day government shutdown and avert a default on the nation's debt.  The index is up 22 percent so far this year, putting it on ...

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    2. Mohegan Sun impact report: Palmer casino would lessen unemployment, benefit housing sales, and have minimal impact on roads

      Mohegan Sun impact report: Palmer casino would lessen unemployment, benefit housing sales, and have minimal impact on roads

      Mohegan Sun Massachusetts on Monday released a report stating that a proposed $1 billion casino would have a minimal environmental and traffic impact on Palmer and surrounding communities and a positive effect on employment and housing sales. The 36-page document, titled “Report of Impacts on Nearby Communities,” was prepared for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority by consultants Beals and Thomas, of Southborough

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    3. MA Representatives Tour Pittsfield Discussing Development

      MA Representatives Tour Pittsfield Discussing Development

      The Massachusetts Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus made a number of stops in Pittsfield with a host of city leaders. The first was the Colonial Theater on North Street in the heart of the city’s downtown. Caucus Chair State Senator Benjamin Downing, a Democrat from Pittsfield, says he remembers walking down the city’s streets as a kid and not even knowing the theater was there. In 2006, the Colonial completed a $21 million renovation that included a makeover of the original theater and incorporating the former Berkshire Auto Company. State Representative Stephen DiNatale, a Democrat from Fitchburg, took note ...

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    4. Creative Economy Masters Go Dutch!

      Creative Economy Masters Go Dutch!

      n partnership with the Economic Development Council, the Ad Club is proud to welcome Katja Berkhout, area director of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) Boston; Ron Boyle, senior manager with USA/EMEA desk and Creative Industries, and a specialist in fashion and design; and Jane van Kampen-Zoutendijk, also a senior manager with USA/EMEA desk and Creative Industries, and a senior advisor of foreign investments.

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    5. Springfield Technology Park launches business growth center

      Springfield Technology Park launches business growth center

      The center's first initiative, the Stronger Businesses Program, in partnership with the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Urban League of Springfield, will begin the week of Nov. 18. The program is open to business owners who want to learn how to grow, plan and build capacity for the future.

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    6. Elms College dedicates new lab building

      Elms College dedicates new lab building

      Elms College is getting ready to open their new Center for Natural and Health Sciences. The 22,000 square foot building has a research laboratory, multiple lecture halls and several other labs for biology, chemistry and nursing students.

      School officials told 22News the new facility will better prepare their students for careers in nursing, science and computer information technology.

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    7. Smith College to formally inaugurate new president Kathleen McCartney

      Smith College to formally inaugurate new president Kathleen McCartney

      McCartney, most recently Harvard’s Graduate School Dean of Education, will be ceremonially installed as Smith’s 11th president amid much pomp and circumstance at 3 p.m. at the college’s indoor track and tennis facility. McCartney officially took over the post July 1 from Carol T. Christ, who stepped down after serving as Smith's president since 2002.

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    8. Massachusetts Gaming Commission reaffirms view that casinos should market

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission reaffirms view that casinos should market

      Rosskothen said the convention and visitors bureau is working on "meaningful, two-sided" marketing partnership agreements with the Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, which is planning a nearly $1 billion casino resort in Palmer, and MGM Resorts International, which is planning an $850 million resort in the South End of Springfield.

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    9. Dean Tech's $5.7 million upgrade in Holyoke showcased during state treasurer's visit to Western Massachusetts

      Dean Tech's $5.7 million upgrade in Holyoke showcased during state treasurer's visit to Western Massachusetts

      State Treasurer Steven Grossman and authority Executive Director Jack McCarthy were among officials at Dean. They saw equipment that included science experiment stations for students equipped with gas and water, ventilation systems and cabinets of goggles, fire extinguishers and other safety supplies.

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    10. Evan Dobelle, president of Westfield State University, placed on administrative leave amid controversy over spending practices

      Evan Dobelle, president of Westfield State University, placed on administrative leave amid controversy over spending practices

      WESTFIELD – Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of his spending practices at the university. An announcement was made around 12:30 a.m. Thursday following a marathon session of the Board of Trustees...

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    11. Southampton's Black Birch Vineyard plans to expand to create locally crafted wines

      Southampton's Black Birch Vineyard plans to expand to create locally crafted wines

      The four owners have put what Ed Hamel calls “sweat equity” into the business, meaning they have done most of the work themselves to build the winery, including cutting all the wooden posts and installing the trellis system for the multiple rows of grapevines. The vineyard is also home to an old shed from about the 1850s that the owners converted into wine tasting area and a retail space where Kersbergen handles the sales of the bottled wine and other products, such as Black Birch T-shirts. Mary Hamel leads many of the tastings and serves a variety of reds and ...

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    12. Massachusetts approves study to overhaul Interstate 91 through Springfield

      Massachusetts approves study to overhaul Interstate 91 through Springfield

      In a step forward for a massive transportation project in Western Massachusetts, the state has chosen a consultant to study possible alternative alignments for Interstate 91 through Springfield, while highway officials proceed with a plan to replace decks on a deteriorating elevated portion of the highway in the city. The transportation department on late Friday said that it has picked the Cheshire, Conn.-based consulting firm Milone & MacBroom Inc. to evaluate alternatives for a section of Interstate 91 including possibly depressing the highway section to ground level or below ground.

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    13. UMass plan for Springfield to be unveiled in about a month, university president Robert Caret says

      UMass plan for Springfield to be unveiled in about a month, university president Robert Caret says

      Solid plans for a University of Massachusetts satellite campus in downtown Springfield, plans including a specific location and an outline of the course and degree offerings and how the facility would be funded, should be out in about four weeks, university president Robert L. Caret told reporters Tuesday on a visit to Springfield Technical Community College.

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