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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 is Vermont’s largest private-sector employer with an …

Police Probe Pumpkin Festival Riots

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Keene, n.h. — Local authorities in New Hampshire vowed Monday to prosecute the perpetrators of the violent disturbances near Keene’s annual pumpkin festival that led to property damage and dozens of arrests and injuries over the weekend. Keene Police Chief Kenneth Meola said also that college students who did nothing criminal but exercised …

Garcia, Kuster Tangle in TV Debate

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Concord — Candidates competing in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District accused each other Monday of being missing in action and ignoring constituents in favor of following party leaders. In their first debate, Republican Marilinda Garcia criticized Democratic incumbent Annie Kuster for not holding town hall meetings, and accused her of putting President Obama’s …

Havenstein’s Funds Nearly 4 Times Hassan’s

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Concord — Heading into the final weeks of campaigning, Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein has nearly four times as much cash on hand as New Hampshire’s Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. Candidates for statewide office reported Wednesday how much they’ve raised and spent since the Sept. 9 primary, revealing …

Romney Stumps for Brown Again in N.H.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hudson, n.h. — Mitt Romney returned to a familiar company in a familiar state Wednesday to campaign for Republican Senate hopeful Scott Brown, arguing that Obama administration policies backed by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen are hurting small businesses. …

Second N.H. EEE Death In Outbreak

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Manchester — A second person has died in New Hampshire from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a mosquito-borne virus, as part of the worst outbreak of the disease in the state since 2005. New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services said an adult from Manchester died in mid-September, and …

Milne: Cut K-12 Costs, Fund Higher Education

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Montpelier — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne unveiled an ambitious plan Wednesday to cut per-pupil public school spending in Vermont by a third, and use the savings to pay for the state’s young people to attend a Vermont college. Milne said his aim would be to “provide universal …

Vt. Releases Draft GMO Labeling Rules

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday released a draft of the rules it is writing to govern the state’s first-in-the-nation law to require labeling food made with genetically modified organisms. The rules lay out everything from definitions of “food” and “genetic engineering” to the required …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lebanon Bridge Maintenance To Impact Traffic Patterns West Lebanon — Motorists traveling between Hartford and West Lebanon today may wish to seek alternate routes. Traffic on the Route 4 temporary bridge between Hartford and West Lebanon is scheduled to be restricted to one-way due to maintenance scheduled to …

Hassan Highlights Support for Small N.H. Businesses

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Manchester — Gov. Maggie Hassan promoted herself as a leader who is growing New Hampshire’s economy while taking a swing at her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein’s business record on Tuesday. “We have come too far to let my opponent take our economy backward,” Hassan said. “My opponent ran …

Nonprofits See Transition

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hanover — People from within the Upper Valley nonprofit scene offered a range of ideas as to why at least a half-dozen nonprofits are experiencing transition in their leadership as of late — ranging from an improving economy, to more competitive salaries in the private sector, to a …

The Audacious, Clever Gray Jay Is Under Stress in Vermont

Monday, October 13, 2014

I have friends who live in the North Woods. Moose graze on their lawn. Loons call from the pond. And the gray jays line up on the deck railing for breakfast. They swoop in when they hear the …

Plainfield: Hartland Shooting Range Soundproofing Ineffective

Monday, October 13, 2014

Plainfield — With recent soundproofing efforts a bust at the Hammond Cove Shooting Range in Hartland, residents across the Connecticut River in Plainfield are starting to organize. In response to earlier noise complaints from Plainfield residents, Vermont Fish and Wildlife in the last few weeks has added a …