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New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan speaks to the Valley News editorial board on Oct. 21, 2014. Gov. Hassan spoke about the importance of establishing a state minimum wage, addiction treatment programs, medical marijuana and her re-election campaign. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Hassan Warns Against GOP Return

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

West Lebanon — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan warned Tuesday that the policies of her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein would “blow a hole” in the state’s budget and also empower former Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien, who hopes to regain his post. During a meeting with Valley News reporters and editors, Hassan, a Democrat, said the choice for voters in …

Jury Begins Deliberations In St. J Killing

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Burlington — A Vermont jury began deliberations Tuesday in the case of a part-time snowplow driver charged along with his wife with luring a popular teacher out of her home and killing her in 2012. The jury in the trial of 32-year-old Allen Prue got the case at about 3 p.m. Tuesday after Prue’s lawyer sought in his closing argument to pin the …

IBM Offloads Microchip Plant in Vt.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Burlington — International Business Machines will pay $1.5 billion to unload its semiconductor manufacturing unit, the company announced​ M​onday. GlobalFoundries, which is owned by the emirate of Abu Dhabi, is acquiring fabrication plants in Essex Junction, Vt., and Fishkill, N.Y., and all of IBM’s employees at those facilities, the company told state officials. GlobalFoundries says it will maintain operations in Essex, Vt. IBM …

Police Probe Pumpkin Festival Riots

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Keene, n.h. — Local authorities in New Hampshire vowed Monday to prosecute the perpetrators of the violent disturbances near Keene’s annual pumpkin festival that led to property damage and dozens of arrests and injuries over the weekend. Keene …

Garcia, Kuster Tangle in TV Debate

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Concord — Candidates competing in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District accused each other Monday of being missing in action and ignoring constituents in favor of following party leaders. In their first debate, Republican Marilinda Garcia criticized Democratic incumbent …

Students Clean Up After Mayhem in Keene

Monday, October 20, 2014

Keene, n.h. — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the school …

Economy Gets Focus in N.H. Gov.’s Contest

Monday, October 20, 2014

Concord — As New Hampshire continues to crawl out of the Great Recession, both candidates for governor are using facts about the state’s economic health to woo voters who say it’s one of their biggest issues heading into the Nov. 4 election. And both have it right. Republican …

Vermont’s Republican Lieutenant Gov. Facing Stiff Challenge

Monday, October 20, 2014

Montpelier — When he needs to take out his aggression, Phil Scott heads to the Thunder Road racetrack, gets into a lime green Chevrolet emblazoned with the logos of local businesses and pursues his part-time, and often successful, passion as a race car driver. Around the Statehouse, where …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Enrollment Begins for Online Course at SNHU Manchester — Southern New Hampshire University’s online College for America is ready to enroll students in its latest venture — a $10,000 Bachelor of Arts degree in health care management. The college announced plans for the new accredited degree program last …

8 on the Ballot For Lebanon’s 4 House Seats

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lebanon — Four Republicans are challenging Democrats’ hold on Lebanon’s four New Hampshire House seats, citing concerns over state spending. In contrast, the four Democrats on the ballot say some spending, which they call “investment,” is necessary to …

Business Incubator to Open in Maine

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Portland, Maine — A Maine company and an Icelandic businessman are partnering to establish a business incubator that will seek to grow new maritime commercial enterprises on Portland’s waterfront. The company’s leaders and Portland and state officials announced Thursday that the New England Ocean Cluster will seek to …

Conn. Reviews Kidnapping Cases

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vernon, Conn. — A task force made up of investigators from state and local police and the state attorney’s office has been established to probe the disappearance of three girls from the same area of eastern Connecticut decades ago. Police and prosecutors announced Thursday the formation of the …

Harvard Student Can Return

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Los Reyes La Paz, Mexico — A Harvard University student stuck in Mexico for months after breaking an immigration rule was told Tuesday that he will be allowed to return home to the United States. The U.S. Citizenship …