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New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan speaks to the Valley News editorial board on Oct. 21, 2014. Gov. Hassan spoke about the importance of establishing a state minimum wage, addiction treatment programs, medical marijuana and her re-election campaign. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Hassan Warns Against GOP Return

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

West Lebanon — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan warned Tuesday that the policies of her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein would “blow a hole” in the state’s budget and also empower former Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien, who hopes to regain his post. During a meeting with Valley News reporters and editors, Hassan, a Democrat, said the choice for voters in …

Jury Begins Deliberations In St. J Killing

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Burlington — A Vermont jury began deliberations Tuesday in the case of a part-time snowplow driver charged along with his wife with luring a popular teacher out of her home and killing her in 2012. The jury in the trial of 32-year-old Allen Prue got the case at about 3 p.m. Tuesday after Prue’s lawyer sought in his closing argument to pin the …

IBM Offloads Microchip Plant in Vt.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Burlington — International Business Machines will pay $1.5 billion to unload its semiconductor manufacturing unit, the company announced​ M​onday. GlobalFoundries, which is owned by the emirate of Abu Dhabi, is acquiring fabrication plants in Essex Junction, Vt., and Fishkill, N.Y., and all of IBM’s employees at those facilities, the company told state officials. GlobalFoundries says it will maintain operations in Essex, Vt. IBM …

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 …

Candidates Vie In Claremont

Friday, October 17, 2014

Claremont — Democrats will have three incumbents and a former lawmaker on the November ballot for the four New Hampshire House seats representing the city, while Republicans are countering with a veteran House member and three newcomers to …

Triple Truck Accidents Delay I-91 Traffic

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hartford — An accident that shut down a portion of both Interstate 91 southbound lanes for nearly six hours early Thursday morning in Hartford was one of three overnight tractor-trailer incidents that Vermont State Police and other workers …

No Charges for Weare Police Chief

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hillsboro, n.h (ap) — The New Hampshire attorney general says there’s no evidence to suggest the chief of the troubled Weare Police Department assaulted a female underling with whom he had an affair. John Velleca has been on leave since the accusations were made public last month. His …

Police: Woman Jumped Out Window With Twins

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lyman, n.h. — A 29-year-old woman was charged with murder and assault after authorities said she jumped out a second-story window over the summer with her 4-month-old twins, killing her son and severely injuring her daughter. Patina Welch, of Lyman, N.H., was arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of …