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Legislators Question Rate of Intervention by Vt. DCF

Monday, September 22, 2014

Montpelier — A special legislative panel is expected to hear more this week about the rules governing Vermont’s child welfare agency as it probes child protection issues following the deaths of two toddlers who had been in the state’s care. Some lawmakers have questioned the high percentage of abuse and neglect calls that are not accepted for some sort of intervention by the Department of Children and Families. Last year …

Proliferation of Service Dogs Leads to Conflict

Sunday, September 21, 2014

White River Junction — Elroy Litchfield, a Vietnam War veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, recently acquired something that he believes will prove a tremendous help in coping with his condition: a five-month-old dog named Mischief who’s being trained to recognize Litchfield’s early signs of an anxious episode — “getting ready to blow up,” …

More Choice, Help Coming to N.H.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire residents signing up for insurance under the federal health care overhaul law will have both more choices and more places to turn for help in November. For the last year, the only company selling health plans through the new marketplace was Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which was criticized for excluding 10 of the state’s 26 acute-care hospitals. …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Man Rescued From Mount Washington Lancaster, n.h. (ap) — New Hampshire authorities say a Massachusetts man spent a cold, rainy night lost on Mount Washington as the temperature dropped into the 30s. New Hampshire Fish and Game says 55-year-old Chris Trottier was hiking down the mountain with his …

The Mystery and Magic of Migration

Sunday, September 14, 2014

On The Lower Connecticut River, Conn. — The first swallows appear at sunset, inky flecks in a dusky pink sky. A cloud of birds forms, then another and another. Soon the entire sky is teeming with tree swallows …

Boston Developer Has Plan for Faneuil Hall Area

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Boston — A Boston real estate developer is proposing to transform a cluster of office buildings near Faneuil Hall into a vibrant commercial complex featuring restaurants, retail and hotel space. Related Beal’s proposal for Congress Square calls for adding 50,000-plus square feet of restaurant and retail space to …

Tracking Wellfleet’s Horseshoe Crabs

Sunday, September 14, 2014

South Wellfleet, Mass. — Horseshoe crabs in Wellfleet Harbor will get sonic transmitters next spring to help figure out the right balance between commercial harvesting and conservation. The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary received the $50,000 …

Maine Could See New Casino

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Augusta, Maine — Bolstered by new study that finds that Maine can handle more casinos, Maine’s American Indian tribes are renewing their push to bring slot machines to their communities. The report that lawmakers on the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee began examining Wednesday suggests that there’s room …

N.H. Manufacturing Summit Set for Oct. 2 in Manchester

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Concord (ap) — A New Hampshire manufacturing conference is exploring subjects ranging from the next generation of workers to industry collaboration with the state’s community colleges and the University of New Hampshire. The 12th annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit is scheduled for Oct. 2 at …

UNH Scientists Are Studying Weather at Apple Orchards

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Durham, N.H. — University of New Hampshire scientists are studying weather data to predict when an apple orchard is at risk for infection. By studying the weather models, the researchers at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experimental Station have been able to more accurately determine when fungicides should be …

Dartmouth Plans Harry Potter Housing Block

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hanover — From Harry Potter to the “Herbifloor,” campus housing is becoming increasingly specialized at Dartmouth College. Students this fall could choose among three new residences designed as “learning communities” plus 10 “design-your-own” communities set up as blocks of rooms interspersed within general campus housing. The new options …

CEO as Governor? N.H. Candidate Walks Fine Line

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Concord — Walt Havenstein emphasizes his leadership of large, multi-billion dollar defense contractors as he aims to convince New Hampshire’s voters that he has the right tools to be governor, boost the economy and create jobs. And while …

Lebanon Man Dies When Tanker Rolls On I-95 in Mass.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lexington, Mass. — Massachusetts State Police said a Lebanon man was killed when the tractor-trailer he was driving rolled over on Interstate 95 near Lexington, Mass., early Saturday morning and spilled liquid asphalt onto the highway. Police identified the driver as 40-year-old Charles Van Cor, of Lebanon. Police …