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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 …

Spaulding Named Chancellor

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeb Spaulding will leave his post as secretary of administration for Gov. Peter Shumlin to take over as chancellor of the Vermont State College system. Current Chancellor Tim Donovan announced his retirement in May. The former state treasurer …

Norwich University Blocks Anonymous Social Media Site

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Northfield, Vt. —The president of Norwich University has blocked access to an anonymous social media site because he says it was being used to make cyberattacks against some of the students at the Northfield school. Norwich University President Richard Schneider said he realized his decision to block access …

Blue Cross Site Will Serve Small Businesses in Vt. Health Exchange

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The state’s largest private insurer will soon launch a website for small business customers that will allow members to renew their Vermont Health Connect coverage and change their information online. Vermont was the only state to mandate that businesses with 50 or fewer employees purchase health insurance through …

Judge Won’t Move Marathon Trial

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Boston — A judge granted a two-month trial delay on Wednesday for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but denied a request to move his trial from Boston. Judge George O’Toole ruled that the trial will begin Jan. …

N.H. Man Sought in Homicides Thought to Be in Florida

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Concord — Authorities say a man who is suspected of killing his parents and setting their house on fire in New Hampshire is believed to be in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area. St. Petersburg, Fla., police and the U.S. Marshals Service on Tuesday said that Matthew Thomas Dion …

Vt. Details Progress In Fighting Opiates

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Berlin, Vt. — Progress is being made in Vermont’s fight against heroin and other opiate addictions including more treatment programs serving a greater number of people as well as a regional effort with other New England states and New York to combat the problem, Gov. Peter Shumlin said …

Welch Wants to Lift Regulations on Community Banks

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rep. Peter Welch has introduced legislation that he said will make it easier for Vermont’s community banks to offer mortgages and loans. The legislation would exempt many smaller banks from the financial regulations that were put into place following the national financial crisis in 2008. Welch said it’s …

Havenstein Commits to Controlling Spending

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Granite State politicians have long pledged to oppose sales, income and other “broad-based” taxes. Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein now says that’s not enough, and he vowed Monday to oppose any “unfunded obligations” that could lead to future taxes — something that, he said, Gov. Maggie Hassan has …

Vt. Close to Ban On Hunting Drones

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Montpelier — A petition to ban hunting with the assistance of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in Vermont is making its way through the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. Eric Nuse, of Orion, the Hunter’s Institute, and Tovar Cerulli, of the New England chapter of Backcountry Hunters …

Regulators Say Lawsuits Focus on Worst of Cybersecurity Failures

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Northfield, Vt. — The Federal Trade Commission has investigated hundreds of cybersecurity breaches at companies across the country, but it has only sued 53 times, one of the organization’s five commissioners said Monday during a cybersecurity conference at Norwich University in Northfield. FTC Commissioner Julie Brill said the …