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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 …

Clinton: Attack Ads Are Insulting to Voters

Friday, October 17, 2014

Manchester — Former President Bill Clinton said Thursday that fear-mongering and third-party attacks — including those against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen — on issues such as Ebola and the Islamic State group are insulting to voters’ intelligence. Both …

Garcia Criticizes U.S. Approaches

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hanover — State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem, called for the United States to take a stronger stance in foreign affairs during a town hall-style meeting held at Dartmouth College on Wednesday evening. In an hour-long discussion with John …

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 …