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Sites of the trenches that were dug to hold the bodies of 3,500 Union soldiers who died at Salisbury Prison in North Carolina. (Courtesy photograph)

Grave Injustice: Family of Union Soldier Fights to Have His Final Resting Place Marked

Sunday, May 24, 2015

In the months before Moses Elkins, of Troy, Vt., gave his life for his country, he endured almost unimaginable deprivation. His bones, mixed in a jumble with those of hundreds of other American soldiers, now lie in the earth, beneath the neatly manicured grass of a national cemetery. At the least — at the very least, say his relatives — …

8 From Upper Valley Died At Salisbury Confederate Prison

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Moses Elkins, of Troy, Vt., is only one of the 145 soldiers from Vermont and New Hampshire who died in Salisbury Confederate Prison during the Civil War, according to the Roll of Honor compiled in 1868. Many other Union soldiers from the Upper Valley also were victims of the horrific conditions at Salisbury. Civil War historian Tom Ledoux has compiled a list of …

Maine Launching Website About Food Safety Regulation

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Augusta, Maine (ap) — Maine officials say a new state website will assist farmers and food producers with information about changes to federal food safety regulations. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry says the information on the website will pertain to the federal Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law in 2011. Maine Agriculture Commissioner Walter Whitcomb says the …

Vermont Lawmakers Adjourn Tough Session

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Montpelier — Rep. Brian Savage, R-Swanton, summed up the way many lawmakers felt about the legislative session, which adjourned a little after 11 p.m. Saturday: “It’s finally over.” Legislators couldn’t leave the House chamber fast enough. By the time the House speaker and the governor made final remarks, …

Great White Shark Becomes Twitter Star

Monday, May 18, 2015

Boston — They’re gonna need a bigger Twitter. An organization studying great white sharks is enjoying some welcome attention after one of the creatures they’ve been monitoring started gaining a loyal social media following. @MaryLeeShark is the fake …

Lawmakers Debate N.H. Tourism Budget

Monday, May 18, 2015

Concord — The Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is trying to do for June what it once did for November — turn a slow period for tourism into a moneymaker. But the state funding that boosted both efforts is in limbo in the Legislature. A decade ago, …

Champlain Flooding Leads To Joint Study

Monday, May 18, 2015

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec — Unprecedented flooding in 2011 in Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River, which drains the lake north into Quebec, is prompting scientists in the United States and Canada to begin a long process of determining whether anything can be done to reduce future problems. The first …

Prosecutors, Police Differ On Breath Test Results

Monday, May 18, 2015

Burlington — Some Vermont law enforcement officials are at odds with prosecutors over publicly releasing the blood alcohol content of people arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. David Cahill, executive director of the Vermont State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, recently wrote to public safety commissioner Keith Flynn on behalf …

‘Terroir’: Character, Climate, Culture and Choices Combine to Create ‘A Taste of Place’

Sunday, May 17, 2015

“Terroir,” a controversial French term loosely translated in English as “a taste of place,” has gained relevance in the current culinary movement that connects the consumption of food with its source, and the concept has brought to this …

Breastfeeding, Booze Sale Bills Move Through N.H. Legislature

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Concord — Talk of the state budget has dominated the 2015 legislative session in New Hampshire, with other high-profile items such as casino gambling and changes to the state’s marijuana laws occasionally stealing the spotlight. Most of the more than 900 bills submitted this legislative session met quick …

Sen. Ayotte Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Infants

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Concord — U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., is co-sponsoring a bill that would address a growing number of infants being exposed to opioids while in the womb. The bill, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic Sen. Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, would direct the …

Vt. Lawmakers Adjourn, Agree on $30 Million in Tax Increases

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers have passed a $1.47 billion general fund spending plan and an overall budget of about $5.5 billion, and have wrapped up their 2015 session. The final gavels came down Saturday in the Senate at 10:23 p.m. and 11:04 p.m. in the House. That was …

Surveys Document Lynx Family in Vermont

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Montpelier — Researchers are still surveying for Canada lynx in northern Vermont and New Hampshire after evidence of a family of the federally threatened animals was discovered in 2012 and 2013, the first time in Vermont’s history that …