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Inflation Rears Head At Fed

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Washington — Federal Reserve officials at their last policy meeting debated an earlier-than-expected move in raising interest rates, suggesting the central bank may be shifting to a more aggressive stance in light of the recent pick-up in job growth and inflation. Although Fed officials remain divided in their assessment of the labor market, the minutes from the last policy meeting, released Wednesday, reflected a growing acknowledgment of the recent progress …

Greener Pastures Signal Rebound for Beef Industry

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chicago — Pasture conditions in the U.S., the world’s largest beef producer, are mostly recovered from a 2012 drought that forced ranchers to shrink the domestic herd to a 63-year low. While it takes years to reverse a decline in animal supply, record-high beef prices and the increasing availability of cheap feed are providing incentives for some producers to begin expanding. A production …

Stagecoach Names Interim Leader

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Randolph — Stagecoach Transportation Services, which recently experienced a leadership change, hosted a barbecue last month at Gifford Medical Center. The barbecue, part of the hospital’s free Tuesday concert series, was a way to thank local donors for helping Stagecoach meet its financial goals for fiscal year 2014, including raising sufficient local match …

Credit Unions Reach 100 Million Members

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Washington — Credit unions reached a new milestone in June when membership topped 100 million, the Credit Union National Association announced last week. The smaller banking institutions, which some say are often more personal, drew national attention in …

S&P 500 Advances Most Since March

Sunday, August 10, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks rose Friday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbing the most in five months to erase a weekly loss, as signs that tensions are easing in Ukraine outweighed concern over crises in the Middle East. Gap advanced 5.9 percent as the retailer’s …

Ebola Taking an Economic Toll

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Washington — Caterpillar has evacuated a handful of employees from Liberia. Canadian Overseas Petroleum Ltd. has suspended a drilling project. British Airways has canceled flights to the region. ExxonMobil and Chevron are waiting to see whether health officials can contain the danger. The Ebola outbreak, which has claimed …

Last Call at White River Junction Watering Hole

Saturday, August 9, 2014

White River Junction — Regulars at CJ’s at Than Wheeler’s Tavern were saddened to find out this week that the popular local bar and restaurant would be closing next week. Christene Demers, who runs the tavern with her …

USDA’s New Rules Concern Area Farmers

Friday, August 8, 2014

Plainfield — Small farmers on Thursday continued to express concerns over federal food safety rules they say are designed for industrial-sized farms and which would be difficult for small farms to meet. Pooh Sprague, who owns Edgewater Farm, …

New England People Spend More on Basics

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hartford, Conn. — New Englanders spent more on food, health care, gas to run their cars and electricity to heat and cool their homes in 2012 than most other Americans, according to statistics released Thursday by the federal …

Vt. 911 System Has 40-Minute Outage

Friday, August 8, 2014

Montpelier — The company that runs the state’s 911 emergency telephone system said a 40-minute outage this week was caused by a “double equipment failure” followed by another error that left the system unavailable. Intrado, of Longmont, Colorado, goes to great lengths to ensure the 911 system has …

Russia to Block U.S. Agricultural Products

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Moscow — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hit back hard against countries that have imposed sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, ordering trade cuts that an official said would include a ban on all imports of agricultural products …

Ben & Jerry’s, Unilever at Odds in GMO Fight

Monday, August 4, 2014

London — In early May, Unilever Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman paid a visit to the headquarters of its subsidiary Ben & Jerry’s in South Burlington, Vt., meeting with about 100 employees to share his views on deforestation, farming, and food made with ingredients from genetically modified organisms. …

Social Security Q&A: I Can’t Find My Social Security Card

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Question: I can’t find my Social Security card. How can I get a new one? Answer: First, consider whether you really need a new card. You need to apply for a replacement Social Security card only if you don’t know your Social Security number or if you need …