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Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2 Dead in Small Plane Crash In New Hampshire

North Hampton, n.h. — A small plane attempting to take off from Hampton Airfield crashed into trees on Monday, killing the pilot and a passenger, emergency workers said.

The Cessna 180 with two people aboard came down alongside the runway at 10:50 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said. Both occupants were killed, Fire Chief Dennis Cote said.

It appeared to be a normal takeoff until the airplane’s nose pitched up, causing the plane to lose airspeed and lift before it rolled over and fell to the ground, said witness Bob Lamothe.

The plane was not participating in the airfield’s Labor Day “flour bomb drop,” a competition going on at the same time in which participants pass over the runway and drop small sacks of flour over a target. The plane crashed about a football field’s length from the cafe, and many patrons ran to help. The Federal Aviation Administration, which was investigating the fatal crash, said the plane was registered to a Kingston, N.H., man.

Biden to Tour Navy Shipyard

Kittery, Maine — Vice President Joe Biden is paying a visit to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard this week.

Joining him on Wednesday will be U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, of New Hampshire, along with Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud, of Maine. The shipyard announced the visit on Sunday.

Pingree said Sunday that it’s important for Biden to see the shipyard and “get a good, close look” at the work that’s done there.

Vermont College Breaks Ground On New Center

Putney, Vt. — Landmark College in Putney has begun construction of a $10 million education and research center focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

At a groundbreaking ceremony this weekend, College President Peter Eden said officials made a conscious decision to locate the new building at the front of the campus to signal to visitors that the college takes risks, invests in its campus and is a progressive institution.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports that the new center is being built as the college expands its mission and programs.

— Wire reports

It began offering a four-year bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies in 2012 and its board is being asked to approve new four-year degrees in computer science and studio arts.

The college serves students with learning disabilities.