Opponents of the 170 units of student housing in the North Amherst village of Cushman have been dealt another blow. The Amherst Planning Board has recommended against purchasing the land for conservation, saying the $6.5 million price tag is too high. The town has the right of first refusal to buy the 150 acres from WD Cowls. The select board will decide whether to exercise that option at its next meeting July 29th.
An announcement on whether a grand jury has indicted a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager is expected this afternoon.
Hagel was appointed less than two years ago as Obama pushed his signature program of winding up wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The U.S. military will have a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month.
The President shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration.