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FILE - This file artist's rendering released March 27, 2013 by Wynn Resorts shows a proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant complex on land at the site of a former chemical plant. The decision came after Wynn conceded to a number of significant requests the commission made, including proposing alternative designs for its 27-story glass hotel tower.(AP Photo/Wynn Resorts, File)

Mass. Finalizes Casino License

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Boston — Wynn Resorts and Massachusetts gambling regulators on Wednesday finalized a license for a proposed $1.6 billion resort casino across from Boston, but the casino company says it’s not yet prepared to campaign against a looming threat: November’s ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law. “We have always said that it is up to the citizens of Massachusetts …

Gov. Maggie Hassan names Sen. Bob Odell and Rep. Amanda Merrill to committee that permits Northern Pass and wind projects

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan has nominated Republican state Sen. Bob Odell and Democratic state Rep. Amanda Merrill to sit on the committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind farms or pipeline projects in the state. The legislators would be among the first public members to serve on the newly reorganized Site Evaluation Committee that sites and permits commercial-scale …

Locals to Walk In New York Climate March

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

White River Junction — More than 150 people are expected to board buses in the Upper Valley early Sunday morning en route to New York City, where they will join thousands of others in a march through Manhattan to draw attention to climate change. Main organizers are estimating 200,000 people will attend the People’s Climate March, which is scheduled two days in advance …

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 …

Maine Could See New Casino

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Augusta, Maine — Bolstered by new study that finds that Maine can handle more casinos, Maine’s American Indian tribes are renewing their push to bring slot machines to their communities. The report that lawmakers on the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee began examining Wednesday suggests that there’s room …

N.H. Manufacturing Summit Set for Oct. 2 in Manchester

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Concord (ap) — A New Hampshire manufacturing conference is exploring subjects ranging from the next generation of workers to industry collaboration with the state’s community colleges and the University of New Hampshire. The 12th annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit is scheduled for Oct. 2 at …

UNH Scientists Are Studying Weather at Apple Orchards

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Durham, N.H. — University of New Hampshire scientists are studying weather data to predict when an apple orchard is at risk for infection. By studying the weather models, the researchers at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experimental Station have been able to more accurately determine when fungicides should be …