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Plymouth State University biology professor Fred Prince holds a woolly mammoth tooth he discovered in a former gravel pit in Thornton, N.H., in April. About ten years ago, Prince found another while fishing in a remote Campton, N.H., stream. That tooth was tossed aside. (Plymouth State University photograph)

Plymouth State Professor Makes Mammoth Fossil Discovery

Thursday, July 31, 2014

About an hour’s drive from Lebanon, in a biology professor’s home in the White Mountains in Campton, N.H., there is a refrigerator stocked with a case of Canadian beer, perhaps some food, and the only confirmed evidence that woolly mammoths roamed what is now the Granite State more than 11,000 years ago. The treasured fossil — a fragment of a …

Vt. Seeks More Time for Health Exchange Implementation

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont will apply for an extension of its roughly $100 million in remaining federal grants for implementing the Affordable Care Act, state officials confirmed Monday. Vermont has spent more than $72 million thus far, and state officials have indicated they believe it will take the full $171 million earmark to complete the project. Four of the 15 states building their own …

Vt. Likely Won’t Host Migrant Kids

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont does not have adequate facilities to house some of the undocumented immigrant children from Central America being held at the U.S. border, the Shumlin administration said Monday. “Unlike Massachusetts, Vermont does not have a hosting site that meets Health and Human Services’ Criteria,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said in a letter to Christie Hager, regional director of the U.S. Department of …

DNA Analysis May Help Cottontail

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Durham — DNA analysis of the endangered New England cottontail shows that power line rights of way, railroad beds and roadsides may help support their diminishing habitat. The small, brown rabbit has been declining in the region for …

Mass. House Approves Abortion Clinic Bill

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Boston — The Massachusetts House approved a bill on Wednesday designed to tighten security around abortion clinics. The bill would let police disperse one or more individuals who are substantially impeding access to a clinic. After a dispersal order is issued in writing, those individuals would have to …

Maine Gov. Wants Food Stamp Rules

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Augusta, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s administration announced plans Wednesday to change how Maine distributes food stamps and require some recipients to work or lose their benefits. Maine will no longer seek a federal waiver that has allowed jobless people to continue receiving benefits to buy food after …

Milne Launches Formal Campaign

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Barre, Vt. — Republican Scott Milne formally launched his campaign for Vermont governor Wednesday, accusing incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin of an “ultra-progressive” style of governing and promising a more moderate approach. Milne addressed a crowd of about …

Details Scarce After N.H. Teen’s Return

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Conway, n.h. — After a 15-year-old girl returned safely to her family nine months after vanishing on the way home from school, townspeople who searched and prayed that she would return are relieved — and looking for answers about where she’s been and how she got home. State …

N.H. Says Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Is Legal

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Concord — A law allowing abortion clinics to create buffer zones of up to 25 feet is different from a Massachusetts law that was struck down last month by the U.S. Supreme Court and will survive a court challenge, New Hampshire’s attorney general said in legal filings. In …

N.H. Drops to 4th, Vt. Stays No. 2 in Child Well-Being Survey

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont kept its No. 2 national ranking in the well-being of the state’s children, ranking highly on education, family and community factors, according to statistics compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. New Hampshire has dropped from its traditional top spot to fourth. The Foundation’s 2014 …

Sanders: ‘If I Think I Can, I Will Run’

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — As a resident of Iowa, Jeff Cox has never voted for Bernie Sanders. But he’s hoping to have the chance to soon. Cox is a longtime Democratic activist, and the point man for a Johnson County steering committee aimed at drafting Sanders for the 2016 presidential …

Welch Backs Internet Sales Tax to Strengthen Businesses

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — Rep. Peter Welch is hopeful that Congress will pass a bill this summer that will allow individual states to impose their sales tax on items purchased on the Internet. Welch, D-Vt., said the plan will help strengthen downtown businesses and will raise new revenue for many …

Govt. Wins Conviction in Terror Case

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Boston — A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room …