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Plymouth State University biology professor Fred Prince holds a woolly mammoth tooth he discovered in a former gravel pit in Thornton, N.H., in April. About ten years ago, Prince found another while fishing in a remote Campton, N.H., stream. That tooth was tossed aside. (Plymouth State University photograph)

Plymouth State Professor Makes Mammoth Fossil Discovery

Thursday, July 31, 2014

About an hour’s drive from Lebanon, in a biology professor’s home in the White Mountains in Campton, N.H., there is a refrigerator stocked with a case of Canadian beer, perhaps some food, and the only confirmed evidence that woolly mammoths roamed what is now the Granite State more than 11,000 years ago. The treasured fossil — a fragment of a …

Vt. Seeks More Time for Health Exchange Implementation

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont will apply for an extension of its roughly $100 million in remaining federal grants for implementing the Affordable Care Act, state officials confirmed Monday. Vermont has spent more than $72 million thus far, and state officials have indicated they believe it will take the full $171 million earmark to complete the project. Four of the 15 states building their own …

Vt. Likely Won’t Host Migrant Kids

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont does not have adequate facilities to house some of the undocumented immigrant children from Central America being held at the U.S. border, the Shumlin administration said Monday. “Unlike Massachusetts, Vermont does not have a hosting site that meets Health and Human Services’ Criteria,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said in a letter to Christie Hager, regional director of the U.S. Department of …

Questions Linger After Missing Teen Returns

Sunday, July 27, 2014

North Conway, N.H. — Since 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez returned home last week, her photograph has been taken off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website. The missing-person posters that hung in her hometown for nine months …

Conn. Wants Better Freight Line

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hartford, Conn. — From the port of New London on Long Island Sound north through Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and into Canada, a 390-mile freight rail system linking New England to the rest of the Northeast lacks a key element: a 21st-century rail line in Connecticut. Elected officials in …

Vermont Motorcyclists Ride for Fallen Marine

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Danville, Vt. (ap) — A group of military veterans held a motorcycle ride to commemorate a Vermont Marine who was killed in Afghanistan. On Saturday, The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association sponsored the ride in memory of Cpl. Ian Muller, of Danville, who was killed in 2011. The Caledonian …

Maine Bear Hunters Will Be Able to Set Bait for Perhaps Last Time

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Portland, Maine — This could be the last year it’s legal for hunters in Maine to bait bears with jelly doughnuts in the woods — and doughnut day has arrived. Beginning Saturday, hunters can start luring bears by …

U.S. Jury Convicts Mass. Official in Hiring Case

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Boston — Former state probation commissioner John O’Brien was convicted last week of rigging the department’s hiring process to favor politically-connected applicants over those who were more qualified. The guilty verdict on charges of racketeering and mail fraud …

Kiteboarders Object to Sport’s Ban Off of Cape Cod’s Shore

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Boston — Kiteboarders are pushing back against bans in the protected waters off Cape Cod, but federal officials say the prohibitions are necessary because the kites scare away piping plovers and other threatened or endangered shorebirds from their …

N.H. Judge Rejects Voter Law

Monday, July 28, 2014

Concord — A New Hampshire judge has struck down a 2012 law as unconstitutional that effectively blocked out-of-state students and others from voting in New Hampshire unless they established residency in the state that extended to other activities beyond voting, such as getting a driver’s license. The New …

Sketch Released in North Conway Girl’s Case

Monday, July 28, 2014

Concord — The New Hampshire teenager who returned home this week nine months after vanishing on her way home from school has provided investigators with a description of the man she says drove her away that day. Attorney …

Problems Persist on Vt. Health Insurance Exchange Website

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Montpelier — A legislative leader said Wednesday that ongoing problems with Vermont Health Connect have reached crisis levels in communities across Vermont. Rep. Mike Fisher, chairman of the House Health Care Committee, said myriad issues affecting people’s health care coverage has led to frustration and uncertainty in the …

Panel Reviews Vt. DCF

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Montpelier — Information gaps among Vermont agencies and personnel and a push to return children in state custody back to their parents undermined state protective services leading up to a Poultney toddler’s death after she suffered severe head trauma, Vermont State Police Detective James Cruise told a special …