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In Vermont, Not Much Competition

Friday, October 31, 2014

Montpelier — Doug Hoffer said Wednesday he’s confident he’ll be elected to a new two-year term as Vermont state auditor next week. He has reason to be since he’s the only major party candidate for the position. Democratic incumbents running for treasurer and secretary of state have no Republican opposition — though they face Progressive and Liberty Union challengers. And Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s Republican opponent — Shane McCormack — …

Brown Flubs N.H. Geography

Friday, October 31, 2014

Concord — Republican Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator now running in New Hampshire, appeared to have a bit trouble with geography in his final debate with Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Thursday. The candidates, both of whom live in eastern New Hampshire, were asked during the WMUR-TV/New Hampshire Union Leader debate …

Want a N.H. Election Ad? Sorry, All Taken

Friday, October 31, 2014

Manchester, N.H. — A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire’s one network station — and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded. Hours before it was set to run, however, WMUR-TV had to revise its contract with …

Kenney, Cryans Prep for Rematch

Thursday, October 30, 2014

West Lebanon — Republican Joe Kenney and Democrat Mike Cryans have hit the campaign trail for the second time this year, again vying for the District 1 Executive Council seat long held by the late Ray Burton. The …

Quarantine Ordered for Africa Troops

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Washington — Ordering firm restrictions for U.S. troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the military men and women helping fight Ebola must undergo 21-day quarantines — longer than required for many civilian …

Brown, Shaheen Seek Votes

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Manchester — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen emphasized her efforts to help small businesses while visiting a Manchester company on Wednesday, as her Republican challenger Scott Brown headed to a nuclear plant to highlight his energy plan. Shaheen met privately with workers at Dyn Inc., which provides a range …

Ebola Nurse Vows To Fight Quarantine

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fort Kent, Maine — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa said she plans to end her voluntary quarantine and even stepped outside her home briefly on Wednesday. Kaci Hickox’s words and actions signaled a potential …

Kuster and Garcia Clash On Political and Personal

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

West Lebanon — Gender appears to be one of the few things the two women candidates vying to represent New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District have in common. U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., and challenger Marilinda Garcia, a Republican …

Mom Charged in Child Alcohol Death Leaves Jail

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — A woman whose severely disabled son died after alcohol was put in his IV was released from jail Tuesday after a judge set bail, saying prosecutors couldn’t prove she intended to kill the child. Judge Robert Bent said prosecutors have “a viable manslaughter case” …

Pipeline Protesters Occupy Gov.’s Office

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Montpelier — Hundreds of environmental protesters occupied the governor’s office on Monday, demanding that Gov. Peter Shumlin reverse his support for the natural gas pipeline through Addison County, and oppose any other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in Vermont. State regulators approved the project last December, and the company …

Vt. Man in Quarantine After Trip

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Vermont man is in quarantine after his return from West Africa where he visited Guinea and Sierra Leone — two countries that are fighting an Ebola epidemic, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Tuesday. The man, whom Shumlin and other officials would not identify, has not shown any symptoms …

Vt. School Boards Study Health Spending

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Vermont School Boards Association wants to take a closer look at the health insurance plans being enjoyed by the state’s public school teachers. According to a new study commissioned by the group, reducing the cost of those policies could deliver immediate relief to property tax payers. Steve …

Havenstein Focuses on Economy

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

West Lebanon — Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein said Monday he wants to cut the state’s business profits tax to attract more investment and employers to New Hampshire. The former CEO of New Hampshire defense contractor BAE Systems, …