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Politicians Talk Power During New Hampshire Energy Summit

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Concord — Political candidates who spoke at an energy forum Monday agreed with one lawmaker’s apt summary that “price, price, price” is the top concern when it comes to electricity, but the solutions they offered varied in scope and specificity. The annual New Hampshire Energy Summit heard from Republican state Sen. Jeb Bradley — who made the quip about prices — and also from candidates for governor and U.S. Senate: …

Vt. Looks for Out-of-State Prison Contractor

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

State corrections officials are searching for a contractor to house the inmates it doesn’t have room for in Vermont. But the process isn’t likely to dramatically improve conditions for the approximately 500 Vermonters serving time in Kentucky and Arizona. With Vermont’s four-year contract with Corrections Corporation of America set to expire next July, Commissioner of Corrections Andrew Pallito has started the bidding process …

More Changes Made To Gun Carry Permits

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Concord — The New Hampshire Department of Safety is reissuing the state’s concealed carry gun license application for the second time in two months after complaints from gun rights activists prompted the department to withdraw some of the changes it made to the form this summer. The department’s latest move isn’t appeasing all critics, and one state legislator said he plans to propose …

2 Trails Damaged By Tropical Storm Irene Reopen

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Campton, N.H. — Two White Mountain National Forest trails nearly obliterated by Tropical Storm Irene three years ago are reopening for New Hampshire’s fall hiking season. The Dry River Trail and Isolation Trail in the Dry River Wilderness region of the forest are open again after extensive work, …

Entergy Outlines Post-Shutdown Plans for Yankee

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Vernon, Vt.— Spent radioactive fuel will be removed from the reactors at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant by 2020, the plant’s corporate owner told a citizen oversight panel Thursday. But Louisiana-based Entergy said it does not know when it will begin tearing down Vermont Yankee after it …

For-Profit Schools Sue Mass. Over Regulations

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Boston — An association representing for-profit schools is suing Attorney General Martha Coakley over new regulations it says are unconstitutional. Coakley said the regulations require for-profit and occupational schools to provide accurate information to the public while prohibiting misleading advertising and addressing unfair lending practices. The Massachusetts Association …

Manchester Teachers Offered New Master’s Degree Program

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Manchester — Three University System of New Hampshire schools have developed a more affordable master of education program for teachers in Manchester. The new master’s degree program in curriculum and instruction is being offered exclusively to Manchester educators and costs less than $10,000. It is a collaboration among …

Vt. Summit Will Focus On Women in Prison

Saturday, September 27, 2014

South Royalton — A summit will be held next week at Vermont Law School on women in prison. Experts will be gathering for the daylong event on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to review the Incarcerated Women’s Initiative created in 2005 by the Vermont Agency of Human Services in response …

Maine Turtle Has 2 Heads

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hudson, Maine (ap) — A woman in Maine has come across a two-headed baby snapping turtle that was trying to cross the road. Kathleen Talbot of Hudson said she found the tiny creature this week while she was …

On the Hunt for Monarchs

Friday, September 26, 2014

Quechee — Laurie-Helise Heijn has only seen two monarch butterflies this year, and it’s bumming her out. “You’d think since I do have so much milkweed that I would have seen more than two,” she said Tuesday. “You …

N.H. Co-op Raising Electric Rates

Friday, September 26, 2014

Customers of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative are likely to see double-digit increases in their electric bills this winter because of expected price increases in the wholesale cost of electricity. The Plymouth, N.H.-based utility said Thursday that the energy charge, or “power rate,” portion of its members’ bills will …

Albright Defends Shaheen on Policy

Friday, September 26, 2014

Concord — Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Thursday that Republican Senate hopeful Scott Brown is “dead wrong” in suggesting that Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is confused about national security threats. Brown, a former Massachusetts senator now challenging …

Brown Talks U.S. Military Involvement

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Manchester — Republican Scott Brown on Wednesday called U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen a “naive follower” of President Obama who fails to grasp the consequences of the administration’s foreign policy. Brown, a former Massachusetts senator now challenging Shaheen in New Hampshire, criticized his Democratic opponent in a speech Wednesday …