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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 is Vermont’s largest private-sector employer with an …

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 Police Chief Kenneth Meola said also that college students who did nothing criminal but exercised …

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 Annie Kuster for not holding town hall meetings, and accused her of putting President Obama’s …

Weare Police Chief Offers Resignation

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weare, n.h. — Less than a year after taking over a troubled police department, the chief in Weare has offered to resign after accusations that he assaulted his personal assistant, with whom he had an affair and who got a restraining order against him. John Velleca has been …

More Than 1,700 FairPoint Workers Go on Strike

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Portland, Maine — Frustrated over a negotiating stalemate, more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike Friday, with picket-wielding employees demanding that the telecommunications company return to the bargaining table. A …

Yankee Price Tag $1 Billion

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Montpelier — Officials with the soon-to-close Vermont Yankee nuclear plant said Friday it could cost up to $1.24 billion to decommission the reactor, and that they currently have about half that much in a fund dedicated to paying for that work. The figure was contained in a “site …

Negative Election Ads Flood N.H. Airwaves

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Concord — Whether it’s Good Morning America, General Hospital or the evening news, viewers in New Hampshire have likely seen an ad this week in which a young girl at a spelling bee is asked to spell “Shaheen” and answers “O-b-a-m-a.” It’s part of an onslaught that has …

Candidates Vie In Claremont

Friday, October 17, 2014

Claremont — Democrats will have three incumbents and a former lawmaker on the November ballot for the four New Hampshire House seats representing the city, while Republicans are countering with a veteran House member and three newcomers to …

Triple Truck Accidents Delay I-91 Traffic

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hartford — An accident that shut down a portion of both Interstate 91 southbound lanes for nearly six hours early Thursday morning in Hartford was one of three overnight tractor-trailer incidents that Vermont State Police and other workers …

No Charges for Weare Police Chief

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hillsboro, n.h (ap) — The New Hampshire attorney general says there’s no evidence to suggest the chief of the troubled Weare Police Department assaulted a female underling with whom he had an affair. John Velleca has been on leave since the accusations were made public last month. His …

Police: Woman Jumped Out Window With Twins

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lyman, n.h. — A 29-year-old woman was charged with murder and assault after authorities said she jumped out a second-story window over the summer with her 4-month-old twins, killing her son and severely injuring her daughter. Patina Welch, of Lyman, N.H., was arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of …

Clinton: Attack Ads Are Insulting to Voters

Friday, October 17, 2014

Manchester — Former President Bill Clinton said Thursday that fear-mongering and third-party attacks — including those against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen — on issues such as Ebola and the Islamic State group are insulting to voters’ intelligence. Both …

Garcia Criticizes U.S. Approaches

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hanover — State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem, called for the United States to take a stronger stance in foreign affairs during a town hall-style meeting held at Dartmouth College on Wednesday evening. In an hour-long discussion with John …