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Politicians Talk Power During New Hampshire Energy Summit

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Concord — Political candidates who spoke at an energy forum Monday agreed with one lawmaker’s apt summary that “price, price, price” is the top concern when it comes to electricity, but the solutions they offered varied in scope and specificity. The annual New Hampshire Energy Summit heard from Republican state Sen. Jeb Bradley — who made the quip about prices — and also from candidates for governor and U.S. Senate: …

Vt. Looks for Out-of-State Prison Contractor

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

State corrections officials are searching for a contractor to house the inmates it doesn’t have room for in Vermont. But the process isn’t likely to dramatically improve conditions for the approximately 500 Vermonters serving time in Kentucky and Arizona. With Vermont’s four-year contract with Corrections Corporation of America set to expire next July, Commissioner of Corrections Andrew Pallito has started the bidding process …

More Changes Made To Gun Carry Permits

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Concord — The New Hampshire Department of Safety is reissuing the state’s concealed carry gun license application for the second time in two months after complaints from gun rights activists prompted the department to withdraw some of the changes it made to the form this summer. The department’s latest move isn’t appeasing all critics, and one state legislator said he plans to propose …

A Question of U.S. Security Versus Liberty

Monday, September 29, 2014

Concord — Candidates competing in both of New Hampshire’s Congressional districts agree that maintaining a strong national defense and protecting civil liberties are not mutually exclusive responsibilities, though they disagree on how to strike a balance between the two. Congress and President Obama have been fighting to regain …

Dogfish Still Abundant Off East Coast

Monday, September 29, 2014

Portland, Maine — The stability of the dogfish population off the coast of New England is not in jeopardy despite a recent survey that found less of the fish off of Maine and New Hampshire than previous years. …

UVM Office Workers Seek Vote on Union

Monday, September 29, 2014

Burlington — Office workers at the University of Vermont are again seeking to unionize. The Vermont State Employees’ Association filed a petition with the Vermont Labor Relations Board on Thursday for an election. The petition must have authorization cards signed by a third of the proposed bargaining unit. …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Board Wants Young Peoples’ Transportation Thoughts Montpelier — The Vermont Transportation Board is holding eight hearings at college campuses across the state to hear from young adults about how decisions about transportation affect their choices about where to live and work. The board identified various transportation-related issues believed …

Touring a Colonial Powerhouse

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Newport, r.i. — Newport generally conjures images of the Vanderbilts and the Astors and the 1 percent of the Gilded Age throwing lavish parties in their summer “cottages.” And rightly so. In that era, this small coastal city …

Bleak Future for Horse Racing

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Boston — New England’s storied thoroughbred racing industry looks like it’s trotting to a close. Suffolk Downs, the region’s lone remaining track, is shutting down this year, a victim of changes in a gambling industry that now revolves …

Trial to Begin for Tsarnaev Pal Accused of Lying

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Boston — Two friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have already been convicted of impeding the investigation into the deadly attack. This week, a third friend will go on trial for allegedly lying to authorities investigating …

Mass. Gov. Patrick: I Won’t Be Next AG

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Boston — Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday that he’s “not going to be the next attorney general” and isn’t interested in replacing Eric Holder as the nation’s top law enforcement official. Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, is resigning after six years in the office. Patrick, a …

Regulators OK Canada-NYC Power Line

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Albany, N.Y. — Federal energy regulators have given final approval for construction of a 330-mile electric transmission line to carry lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City. In its decision last week, the Department of Energy said the permit requires some final concerns to be addressed by …

Harvard’s Endowment Grows to $36.4 Billion

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. — Harvard University’s largest-in-the-nation endowment grew to $36.4 billion in the fiscal year that ended in June on a 15.4 percent return, the university agency that oversees the endowment announced. The endowment is now approaching its record high of $36.9 billion reached in 2008, before the …