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DHMC Readies Ebola Team

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lebanon — State officials have designated Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as New Hampshire’s referral hospital for any potential case of Ebola. The designation by the Department of Health and Human Services means that residents should still call or visit their normal health care facilities if they are feeling ill, but that if an Ebola patient is identified at a smaller hospital, he or she would be transported to an isolation unit …

Court: GOP Violated Law

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Montpelier — A court has determined that the Republican Governors Association violated campaign finance law in 2010 by taking in contributions larger than the state limit of $2,000 and that its attempt to set up a new independent expenditure political action committee didn’t get it around the law. The activities by the RGA-affiliated Green Mountain Prosperity came during what turned out to be …

Vermont Man Guilty Of Luring, Killing Teacher

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Burlington — A part-time snowplow driver who told police he and his wife set out “to get a girl” was convicted Wednesday of luring a prep-school teacher out of her Vermont home and then killing her. The 32-year-old defendant, Allen Prue, cried when the jury announced its verdict, as did relatives of the …

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 …

Lawyer: Dead Baby Had Lived for Days

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Boston — A Massachusetts woman facing charges after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her squalid home had the babies starting about eight years ago, including one infant she said was born alive and lived for several days, her lawyer said Friday. Erika Murray told …

Yellen: Inequality Is a Big Concern

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Boston — Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America’s longstanding identity as a land of opportunity is at stake. The growing gap between the rich …

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 …