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Grafton County candidates are, top row, from left: Democrat Kelley Monahan and Republican Bill Sharp for Register of Deeds; Republican Karen Cervantes and Democrat Mike Cryans for District 1 commissioner. Bottom row, from left: Democrat Linda Lauer and Republican Stephen Whitney for District 2 commissioner; Independent Allan Monica, Democrat Martha Richards and Republican Paul Simard for District 3 commissioner. (Courtesy photographs)

4 Grafton County Offices Contested

Saturday, October 25, 2014

North Haverhill — Republicans are trying to unseat the three Democrats who serve as Grafton County commissioners in the 2014 elections, but the most colorful race — again — may be for the oft overlooked post of Register of Deeds. The Republicans primarily call for closer scrutiny of the county’s $39 million budget, particularly contributions to social-service agencies. Meanwhile, the …

Anthem Says Health Rates in N.H. Will Stay Flat

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Concord — Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire said Friday that on average, its customers who have purchased insurance plans under the federal health care overhaul law will see no increases in premiums next year. Anthem was the only company selling health plans through the new marketplace this year, but it will be joined by two other private insurance companies …

Watchdogs Warn Of Yankee Cuts

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Montpelier — Nuclear watchdog groups said Friday that Entergy Corp. is trying to cut costs at reactors it owns in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York, and may be placing safety in jeopardy as a result. The company replied that it has kept safety a paramount concern, but that it will comply with any new requirements placed on it by federal regulators resulting from …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …