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In Vermont, Not Much Competition

Friday, October 31, 2014

Montpelier — Doug Hoffer said Wednesday he’s confident he’ll be elected to a new two-year term as Vermont state auditor next week. He has reason to be since he’s the only major party candidate for the position. Democratic incumbents running for treasurer and secretary of state have no Republican opposition — though they face Progressive and Liberty Union challengers. And Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s Republican opponent — Shane McCormack — …

Brown Flubs N.H. Geography

Friday, October 31, 2014

Concord — Republican Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator now running in New Hampshire, appeared to have a bit trouble with geography in his final debate with Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Thursday. The candidates, both of whom live in eastern New Hampshire, were asked during the WMUR-TV/New Hampshire Union Leader debate …

Want a N.H. Election Ad? Sorry, All Taken

Friday, October 31, 2014

Manchester, N.H. — A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30-second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire’s one network station — and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded. Hours before it was set to run, however, WMUR-TV had to revise its contract with …

Challenges to Vermont’s Economy Mirror Issues Facing Whole Country

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Montpelier — Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin says the Vermont economy has created thousands of jobs during his almost four years in office. GOP challenger Scott Milne and, more broadly, Republican interest groups say the state’s economy has suffered under his leadership. Vermont has one of the lowest unemployment …

N.H. Deaths From Heroin Near ’13 Total

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Concord — Through the first nine months of this year, New Hampshire has already counted almost as many heroin overdose deaths as all of 2013 and officials say they need to beef up enforcement efforts and treatment and consider expanding the use of a drug that can counter …

Massachusetts Voters Weigh Expansion of Bottle Deposit Law

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Boston — Both sides in the debate over Question 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot say much has changed in the more than three decades since Massachusetts first passed a bottled deposit law. Proponents of the measure that would expand the scope of the law say a variety …

Report: Oral Health Has Improved for N.H. Children

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Concord — A new report shows there has been statewide progress in children’s oral health in New Hampshire. The report released recently by the HNH Foundation found significant improvement since a survey done in 2009, with a 31.7 percent decrease in untreated tooth decay and a 32.5 percent …

3 Interim School Administrators in Burlington Resign

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Burlington — The three interim school administrators in the city of Burlington resigned their posts Friday because of what they said was tension with the School Board. Burlington’s acting superintendent, Stephanie Phillips, and senior administrators Paul Irish and Nikki Fuller, said they were stepping down from the additional …

Bennington Treatment Center Open by 2015

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bennington, Vt. — Officials in Bennington say they expect to have a new opiate addiction treatment center open in the southwestern Vermont shire town by early in 2015. Gov. Peter Shumlin, who traveled to Bennington on Friday for the announcement, said the center is part of the state’s …

Region Fortifies After Superstorm Sandy

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New York — Two years after Superstorm Sandy, would New York and New Jersey be better protected and prepared if such a storm struck again? A sampling of work on some key issues: Flood Protection New York City: Many projects on the city’s ambitious, $20 billion roster are …

After Sandy: Are We Ready For the Next Big One?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New York — After Superstorm Sandy, officials in New York and New Jersey vowed to make sure the unprecedented destruction wouldn’t happen again. Two years later, would it? There are some concrete signs of tougher protections, from a nearly-finished sea wall protecting two devastated New Jersey towns to …

4 Grafton County Offices Contested

Saturday, October 25, 2014

North Haverhill — Republicans are trying to unseat the three Democrats who serve as Grafton County commissioners in the 2014 elections, but the most colorful race — again — may be for the oft overlooked post of Register …

Anthem Says Health Rates in N.H. Will Stay Flat

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Concord — Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire said Friday that on average, its customers who have purchased insurance plans under the federal health care overhaul law will see no increases in premiums next year. Anthem was the only company selling health plans through the …