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New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan speaks to the Valley News editorial board on Oct. 21, 2014. Gov. Hassan spoke about the importance of establishing a state minimum wage, addiction treatment programs, medical marijuana and her re-election campaign. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

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 to regain his post. During a meeting with Valley News reporters and editors, Hassan, a Democrat, said the choice for voters in …

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 about 3 p.m. Tuesday after Prue’s lawyer sought in his closing argument to pin the …

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, the company told state officials. GlobalFoundries says it will maintain operations in Essex, Vt. IBM …

Soldier Who Lost Limbs Gets New Maine Home

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Manchester, Maine (ap) — A soldier who lost parts of all four limbs when an improvised explosive device detonated under him in Afghanistan was given the keys Wednesday to a new home in Maine that’s adapted to his needs. Republican Gov. Paul LePage and first lady Ann LePage …

Online Classified Site Sued By 2 Alleged Sex Traffic Victims

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Boston (ap) — Two alleged victims of underage sex trafficking in Massachusetts have filed a lawsuit against a website that carries personal ads for people looking for sex, alleging the company assists in the abuse of minors. The complaint against Backpage.com, filed in federal court in Boston, says …

Maine Judge To Rule on Bear Baiting Referendum Injunction

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Portland, Maine (ap) — A judge says she will rule early this week on an injunction aimed at forcing the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife onto the sidelines during an upcoming referendum to end hunting of bears with bait, dogs and traps. Mainers for Fair Bear …

Inspection Completed On Hayride Vehicle

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mechanic Falls, Maine (ap) — Maine State Police have completed the inspection of a Jeep involved in last weekend’s fatal hayride crash in Mechanic Falls. But the findings are being withheld for the time being. Spokesman Steve McCausland said Friday the results of the vehicle examination will be …

Health Care Reform at Center of Vt. Gov. Race

Sunday, October 19, 2014

White River Junction — One high-profile website snafu. Some encouraging skirmishes against rising health care costs. And steady work on Vermont’s effort to create a single-payer health insurance plan that covers all residents — although with only vague …

Slain Journalist Foley ‘Tried to See the Good’

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rochester, N.H. — James Foley was a compassionate and capable journalist who tried to see the good in people, friends said Saturday at a memorial for the New Hampshire man murdered by Islamic State group extremists. Hundreds of …

FairPoint Poised to Grow — After Strike

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications is poised to prosper if it can shake off the inevitable damage caused by its ongoing strike, which will hurt business in the short term by keeping large customers from buying new or upgraded service, according to an industry analyst. “FairPoint has made …

College Says Arrests, Injuries Reported at Pumpkin Festival

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Keene, N.H. — Huge crowds including Keene State College students and visitors to the annual pumpkin festival in the city became unruly Saturday, leading to injuries and arrests. College officials provided few specifics on the melee but said …

Poll: N.H. Residents Concerned About Ebola

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Durham, N.H. (ap) — A poll of New Hampshire residents finds that most are paying attention to the Ebola outbreak, but few are concerned that their family members will contract it. In the WMUR Granite State Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, 39 percent …

Outlook Positive For Winter Heat Help Program

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Montpelier — A welcome combination of low prices and expected warmer weather in Northern New England are combining to produce a more favorable outlook for the federal heating assistance program. Heading into winter, Congress has already made its appropriation for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and …