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In this Wednesday July, 23 2014 photo, College of William and Mary assistant biology professor Harmony Dalgleish, left, and Sara Fitzsimmons, of the American Chestnut Foundation, pose for a photo at the base of an 80-year-old American chestnut tree in Berlin, Vt. The scientists were in Vermont studying a small, but healthy stand of American Chestnut trees that have mostly escaped the blight that made the species that once dominated the Eastern United States, “functionally extinct.” The Chestnut Foundation is breeding a blight-resistant tree. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Vermont Chestnuts May Hold Key to Species Restoration

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Berlin, Vt. — Tucked out of sight near a well-traveled gravel road are scores of healthy American chestnut trees that could help scientists seeking to restore a species that was nearly wiped out by an invasive fungus. Most of the trees in Berlin are tiny, some still growing out of the chestnuts that were buried by squirrels or other rodents …

Questions Linger After Missing Teen Returns

Sunday, July 27, 2014

North Conway, N.H. — Since 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez returned home last week, her photograph has been taken off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website. The missing-person posters that hung in her hometown for nine months are now scrawled with “Found.” Her mother said she and her family are “the happiest …

Conn. Wants Better Freight Line

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hartford, Conn. — From the port of New London on Long Island Sound north through Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and into Canada, a 390-mile freight rail system linking New England to the rest of the Northeast lacks a key element: a 21st-century rail line in Connecticut. Elected officials in Connecticut, backed by regional business owners and Genesee & Wyoming Inc., owner of New England …

Vermont Motorcyclists Ride for Fallen Marine

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Danville, Vt. (ap) — A group of military veterans held a motorcycle ride to commemorate a Vermont Marine who was killed in Afghanistan. On Saturday, The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association sponsored the ride in memory of Cpl. Ian Muller, of Danville, who was killed in 2011. The Caledonian …

Maine Bear Hunters Will Be Able to Set Bait for Perhaps Last Time

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Portland, Maine — This could be the last year it’s legal for hunters in Maine to bait bears with jelly doughnuts in the woods — and doughnut day has arrived. Beginning Saturday, hunters can start luring bears by …

U.S. Jury Convicts Mass. Official in Hiring Case

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Boston — Former state probation commissioner John O’Brien was convicted last week of rigging the department’s hiring process to favor politically-connected applicants over those who were more qualified. The guilty verdict on charges of racketeering and mail fraud …

Kiteboarders Object to Sport’s Ban Off of Cape Cod’s Shore

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Boston — Kiteboarders are pushing back against bans in the protected waters off Cape Cod, but federal officials say the prohibitions are necessary because the kites scare away piping plovers and other threatened or endangered shorebirds from their …

Problems Persist on Vt. Health Insurance Exchange Website

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Montpelier — A legislative leader said Wednesday that ongoing problems with Vermont Health Connect have reached crisis levels in communities across Vermont. Rep. Mike Fisher, chairman of the House Health Care Committee, said myriad issues affecting people’s health care coverage has led to frustration and uncertainty in the …

Panel Reviews Vt. DCF

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Montpelier — Information gaps among Vermont agencies and personnel and a push to return children in state custody back to their parents undermined state protective services leading up to a Poultney toddler’s death after she suffered severe head trauma, Vermont State Police Detective James Cruise told a special …

DNA Analysis May Help Cottontail

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Durham — DNA analysis of the endangered New England cottontail shows that power line rights of way, railroad beds and roadsides may help support their diminishing habitat. The small, brown rabbit has been declining in the region for …

Mass. House Approves Abortion Clinic Bill

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Boston — The Massachusetts House approved a bill on Wednesday designed to tighten security around abortion clinics. The bill would let police disperse one or more individuals who are substantially impeding access to a clinic. After a dispersal order is issued in writing, those individuals would have to …

Maine Gov. Wants Food Stamp Rules

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Augusta, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s administration announced plans Wednesday to change how Maine distributes food stamps and require some recipients to work or lose their benefits. Maine will no longer seek a federal waiver that has allowed jobless people to continue receiving benefits to buy food after …

Milne Launches Formal Campaign

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Barre, Vt. — Republican Scott Milne formally launched his campaign for Vermont governor Wednesday, accusing incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin of an “ultra-progressive” style of governing and promising a more moderate approach. Milne addressed a crowd of about …