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Derick Senecal, a tractor operator for Murdo Limlaw, spreads liquid manure on a field in Piermont, N.H., on April 23, 2014. 
(Valley News- Sarah Priestap)

Farmers Spread Thin; Long Winter Means Later Start

Thursday, April 24, 2014

West Lebanon — Now that spring has arrived, Upper Valley farmers are looking to the growing season ahead. Just this week, dairy farmers began spreading manure and seeding hay fields, while the region’s vegetable and berry growers planted a few early crops such as peas, carrots and greens and brought equipment into working order. Ted Putnam, a Claremont dairy farmer …

N.H. Ex-Priest Pleads Guilty, Gets Jail Time for Thefts

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Manchester — A New Hampshire priest who was the former leader of one of the nation’s top clergy treatment centers was sentenced Wednesday to serve at least four years in prison for stealing $300,000 from a hospital, a dead priest’s estate and the state’s Roman Catholic bishop. Monsignor Edward Arsenault held several senior …

N.H. House Approves Gas Tax Increase

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire’s House voted Wednesday to raise the tax on gasoline and diesel by 4 cents per gallon — the first increase since 1991. The 193-141 vote sent the bill to Gov. Maggie Hassan, who said she will sign it. The tax increase would take effect July 1. New Hampshire’s 18-cent tax is the lowest in New England and would remain …

Vt. Health Care Wonk May Become D-H Consultant

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Anya Rader Wallack, the former chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, may accept a consulting job with Dartmouth-Hitchcock to work on multistate payment reforms in northern New England. “(Dartmouth-Hitchcock) is looking at potential models for health care …

Ruling Hurts N.H. Bond Outlook

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Concord — Standard & Poor’s downgraded the state’s outlook on general obligation and state-guaranteed bonds from “stable” to “negative” yesterday, based largely on a recent court ruling that said a state tax on hospitals that brings in significant revenue is illegal. That ruling, combined with the state’s low …

Food Labeling Bill Includes Defense Fund

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Montpelier — A bill making its way toward expected passage in the Vermont Legislature would require labeling for foods containing genetically modified ingredients and set up a special fund to defend against expected industry lawsuits. Three House committees on Tuesday endorsed a Senate change to a labeling bill …

New Total Of Uninsured In Vt. Unclear

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Montpelier — It won’t be known for several months how many people who looked at buying health insurance through Vermont Health Connect determined it was too expensive and decided to go without, Vermont officials said Monday. Vermont Health Connect spokeswoman Emily Yahr said the best answer to that …

Ex-State Worker Released After Plea

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Montpelier — A former Vermont state worker pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she embezzled more than $50,000 while working as a claims examiner and that she used some of the money to buy a boat, a vehicle, firearms and other merchandise. Lisa Peduzzi, of Plainfield, 51, …

N.H. House Speaker Norelli Won’t Run Again

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli announced yesterday that she won’t be seeking re-election, but she vowed to help Democrats in their fight to keep a House majority this fall. “The fight doesn’t end today. We …

‘Dick and Jane’ Artwork to Be Auctioned

Monday, April 21, 2014

Brookline, n.h. — In the portrait, the little boy’s blue eyes twinkle as he looks straight ahead. His apple cheeks shine. There’s a gap in his teeth, and his reddish-brown hair is just slightly tousled. He’s an All-American …

Schools Slash Heating Bills With Stimulus Project Using Wood Products

Monday, April 21, 2014

Portland, Maine — Years after federal stimulus dollars funded a Maine Forest Service Project to heat with local wood products, schools and other facilities report they have slashed energy bills in half while supporting jobs in the state’s struggling timber industry. However, some project managers say because they …

N.H. Senate to Vote on Fetal Homicide Bill

Monday, April 21, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire’s Senate is voting whether to treat a fetus who dies in a homicide as a person even if the mother lives. The House bill would let judges hand out stiffer sentences if the woman is pregnant when she dies, but critics say the fetus’ …

Expanding Summer Fun At Ski Areas

Monday, April 21, 2014

Montpelier — Three Vermont ski areas at least partially located in the Green Mountain National Forest could expand their summer recreational activities by taking part in a new national program designed to promote year-round recreation activities on the federal land. Bromley, Mount Snow and Sugarbush, as well as …