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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, right, talks with U.S. Navy personnel from the Naval Operations Support Center (NOSC) in White River Junction following a ceremony announcing the naming of a fast-attack submarine after the state of Vermont, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Burlington, Vt. The USS Vermont is the first U.S. Navy vessel to be named after the Green Mountain State in more than 100 years. (AP Photo/Burlington Free Press, Ryan Mercer) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT

Navy Submarine to Be Named After State of Vermont

Friday, September 19, 2014

Burlington — U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus used Lake Champlain, with its history of a key naval battle in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as a backdrop Thursday to announce the naming of the USS Vermont, a nuclear attack submarine due to be built over the next several years. The $2.7 billion fast-attack submarine should be …

Poverty Rate Falls in N.H., Rises in Vt.

Friday, September 19, 2014

New U.S. Census data released Thursday shows 3,000 more Vermonters were living in poverty in 2013 and 17,000 fewer people living in poverty in New Hampshire. A total of 74,058 Vermonters were living below the poverty level in 2013, compared to 71,084 in 2012. Vermont’s poor amounted to 12.3 percent of its population. In New Hampshire, 8.7 percent of the population lives in …

Compliance Issues Took Vt. Site Offline

Friday, September 19, 2014

Montpelier — The state took Vermont Health Connect offline because it was unable to meet a federal checklist of security requirements, officials said Thursday. Over the summer, the federal government provided a timeline for reducing security risks, which expired 10 days ago, according to the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Information and Innovation. State officials interviewed for this story would not say …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Claremont Fire’s Cause May Take Weeks To Identify Claremont — It could be weeks before the state fire marshal is able to determine what caused the fire that destroyed a Main Street restaurant last week. Claremont Fire Chief Rick Bergeron said the investigation into the fire at Joey’s …

A Fine Kettle of … Hawks?

Monday, September 15, 2014

It rained heavily the first time I had planned to go on a hawk watch, and the trip to Mt. Tom in western Massachusetts was cancelled. But the rain brought with it a weather front the next day …

Maine Statehouse Dome Has New Copper

Monday, September 15, 2014

Augusta, Maine — The weathered green copper that has crowned the Maine Statehouse for decades is now a fading memory. Workers are nearing the end of a more than $1 million, months-long project to replace the century-old copper …

Shea-Porter, Guinta Square Off Again

Monday, September 15, 2014

Concord — Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta aren’t just in a rematch in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. They’re in a threematch. The November election will feature the same two candidates for the third straight time, turning the district into a best-of-three pingpong tournament, and it’s …

Going Green In Vermont Hits Milestone

Monday, September 15, 2014

Burlington — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the …

Humpback Whale Caught In Fishing Gear Freed Maine

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bar Harbor, Maine — A 40-foot-long humpback whale that got caught up in fishing gear off Mount Desert Island has been freed, according to the head of a whale-watching boat. The whale, known as Spinnaker in the whale-watching community, was spotted Friday by a Bar Harbor Whale Watch …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Man Rescued From Mount Washington Lancaster, n.h. (ap) — New Hampshire authorities say a Massachusetts man spent a cold, rainy night lost on Mount Washington as the temperature dropped into the 30s. New Hampshire Fish and Game says 55-year-old Chris Trottier was hiking down the mountain with his …

The Mystery and Magic of Migration

Sunday, September 14, 2014

On The Lower Connecticut River, Conn. — The first swallows appear at sunset, inky flecks in a dusky pink sky. A cloud of birds forms, then another and another. Soon the entire sky is teeming with tree swallows …

Boston Developer Has Plan for Faneuil Hall Area

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Boston — A Boston real estate developer is proposing to transform a cluster of office buildings near Faneuil Hall into a vibrant commercial complex featuring restaurants, retail and hotel space. Related Beal’s proposal for Congress Square calls for adding 50,000-plus square feet of restaurant and retail space to …

Tracking Wellfleet’s Horseshoe Crabs

Sunday, September 14, 2014

South Wellfleet, Mass. — Horseshoe crabs in Wellfleet Harbor will get sonic transmitters next spring to help figure out the right balance between commercial harvesting and conservation. The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary received the $50,000 …