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In this Wednesday July, 23 2014 photo, College of William and Mary assistant biology professor Harmony Dalgleish, left, and Sara Fitzsimmons, of the American Chestnut Foundation, pose for a photo at the base of an 80-year-old American chestnut tree in Berlin, Vt. The scientists were in Vermont studying a small, but healthy stand of American Chestnut trees that have mostly escaped the blight that made the species that once dominated the Eastern United States, “functionally extinct.” The Chestnut Foundation is breeding a blight-resistant tree. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Vermont Chestnuts May Hold Key to Species Restoration

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Berlin, Vt. — Tucked out of sight near a well-traveled gravel road are scores of healthy American chestnut trees that could help scientists seeking to restore a species that was nearly wiped out by an invasive fungus. Most of the trees in Berlin are tiny, some still growing out of the chestnuts that were buried by squirrels or other rodents …

Questions Linger After Missing Teen Returns

Sunday, July 27, 2014

North Conway, N.H. — Since 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez returned home last week, her photograph has been taken off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website. The missing-person posters that hung in her hometown for nine months are now scrawled with “Found.” Her mother said she and her family are “the happiest …

Conn. Wants Better Freight Line

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hartford, Conn. — From the port of New London on Long Island Sound north through Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and into Canada, a 390-mile freight rail system linking New England to the rest of the Northeast lacks a key element: a 21st-century rail line in Connecticut. Elected officials in Connecticut, backed by regional business owners and Genesee & Wyoming Inc., owner of New England …

Hassan: Gas Tax Helps State

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lebanon — Gov. Maggie Hassan on Wednesday defended a 4.2-cent increase in New Hampshire’s gas tax that took effect this month, saying it would benefit the state economy through the projects it funded. “We knew that without an …

Gov. Shumlin Leads Pack in Fundraising

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Montpelier — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne has raised just over $20,000 in his quest to unseat Democrat Peter Shumlin, according to campaign finance documents filed Tuesday. Milne, a businessman from Pomfret, announced on the last day to file as a candidate — June 12 — that he …

Errors Riddle Sex Offender Records in Vt.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Montpelier — A new review of Vermont’s sex offender registry found critical errors in nearly 11 percent of offender records, calling into question the reliability of the registry, state Auditor Doug Hoffer said Wednesday. The audit found critical errors in 253 of the 2,340 records in the registry. …

Founding Father’s Historic N.H. Home for Sale

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kingston, n.h. — The home of New Hampshire Declaration of Independence signer Josiah Bartlett is up for sale after being in the family for seven generations. The 18-acre property in Kingston offers a white 4,600-square-foot, four-bedroom farmhouse that …

Auction Date Set for Plainfield Tax-Evading Duo’s Property

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Concord — Federal officials are once again preparing to sell the New Hampshire compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding law enforcement officials at bay for nine months in 2007. The auction of Ed and Elaine Brown’s fortress-like home on 100 …

N.H. Honors Residents with D.C. ID Cards

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Concord — Decades after they were apparently snubbed by New Hampshire law, residents of Washington D.C. can now legally purchase alcohol in the state with just a driver’s license or non-driver identification card. In a memo released Tuesday, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission said that, though the state’s …

N.H. Ranked No. 3 in Painkiller Prescriptions

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Concord — Officials have renewed calls for action against prescription drug abuse after a recent study placed New Hampshire near the top in the country for prescription rates of certain types of opioid painkillers. Nationwide, New Hampshire was 39th in the country for per capita prescriptions of opioid …

Study: Friends Have DNA Traits

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New York — You may be more similar to your friends than you think: A study suggests that the DNA code tends to be more alike between friends than between strangers. That’s beyond the effect of shared ethnicity, …

Conservation Law Foundation Seeks Access to Documents

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Montpelier — The Conservation Law Foundation is asking for access to more documents about energy plans in New England that the group says are shrouded in secrecy. The July 9 public records request of the Vermont Public Service Department and the governor’s office seeks copies of records related …

Highway Flagger Training Helps Keep Roads Safe

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bolton, Vt. — Construction zones are as much a part of summer as mosquitoes. We’ve all had to heed the warning signs and stop until the highway flag man — or woman — lets us pass. There are approximately 1,000 flaggers on Vermont highways this summer. They work …