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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, right, talks with U.S. Navy personnel from the Naval Operations Support Center (NOSC) in White River Junction following a ceremony announcing the naming of a fast-attack submarine after the state of Vermont, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Burlington, Vt. The USS Vermont is the first U.S. Navy vessel to be named after the Green Mountain State in more than 100 years. (AP Photo/Burlington Free Press, Ryan Mercer) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT

Navy Submarine to Be Named After State of Vermont

Friday, September 19, 2014

Burlington — U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus used Lake Champlain, with its history of a key naval battle in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as a backdrop Thursday to announce the naming of the USS Vermont, a nuclear attack submarine due to be built over the next several years. The $2.7 billion fast-attack submarine should be …

Poverty Rate Falls in N.H., Rises in Vt.

Friday, September 19, 2014

New U.S. Census data released Thursday shows 3,000 more Vermonters were living in poverty in 2013 and 17,000 fewer people living in poverty in New Hampshire. A total of 74,058 Vermonters were living below the poverty level in 2013, compared to 71,084 in 2012. Vermont’s poor amounted to 12.3 percent of its population. In New Hampshire, 8.7 percent of the population lives in …

Compliance Issues Took Vt. Site Offline

Friday, September 19, 2014

Montpelier — The state took Vermont Health Connect offline because it was unable to meet a federal checklist of security requirements, officials said Thursday. Over the summer, the federal government provided a timeline for reducing security risks, which expired 10 days ago, according to the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Information and Innovation. State officials interviewed for this story would not say …

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 …

VA Plans Feedback Meeting In White River Junction

Sunday, September 14, 2014

White River Junction — Veterans officials are holding a town hall meeting at the White River Junction VA Medical Center this week to get feedback on VA operations. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and VA Medical Center are hosting the meeting on Monday, at 2 p.m., at …

Vermont Foodbank Seeks Apple Donations

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Barre, Vt. — The Vermont Foodbank is encouraging people visiting pick-your-own apple orchards to pick extra apples to donate to those in need. Officials said the Pick-for-Your-Neighbor program brought in nearly 19,000 Vermont apples to the charitable food system last year. This year 21 orchards are taking part. …

Few Turn Out for Primary

Friday, September 12, 2014

Concord — Just over 19 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primaries, according to Secretary of State Bill Gardner. Gardner said the 121,881 Republican ballots cast was the third highest number of votes cast in a Republican primary. In contrast, only 43,556 ballots were cast in …

Vt. Children and Families Chief Asks for Legislative Oversight

Friday, September 12, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s new commissioner of the Department for Children and Families asked lawmakers Thursday for ongoing legislative oversight of the agency and described several changes made since the deaths of two toddlers this year who had been in the state’s care. Commissioner Ken Schatz testified before a …