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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Milne stands outside a polling place on primary election day Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014, in Barre, Vt. Milne is considered the establishment GOP candidate seeking the nomination to run in November against incumbent Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Republican Milne Wins Vt. Gubernatorial Primary

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Montpelier — Republican businessman Scott Milne defeated two fellow GOP hopefuls and a Libertarian’s write-in bid Tuesday for the chance to face two-term Democratic incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin in November. Shumlin easily defeated H. Brooke Paige, of Washington, who also ran and lost to incumbent William Sorrell in the Democratic primary for attorney general. Milne defeated the two other declared …

Parties Exchange Fundraising Complaints

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Concord — In dueling complaints, both major political parties on Tuesday asked the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate what they call improper fundraising, spending or campaign finance reporting in the governor’s race. Democrats have said Republican hopeful Walt Havenstein spent $24,000 before he was legally allowed to, accepted $3,000 from political committees that aren’t registered in the state and didn’t properly report …

Vermont 10-Year Plan For Telecom Is Bold

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Montpelier — Telecommunications is an essential part of the lives of most people. If you own a telephone, use the Internet or subscribe to cable television, how does the state make sure those services are up-to-date, reliable and affordable in the future? That’s a question the Department of Public Service is posing in a series of public hearings this week. The department’s draft …

Governor: Grocery Chain Fight at ‘Critical Point’

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Boston — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he was hopeful that a family fight over the Market Basket grocery store chain that has sparked an employee walkout and a customer boycott can be resolved soon. Patrick told reporters he was hoping to speak with warring cousins Arthur T. …

N.H. Minority Student Population Grows

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Keene — New Hampshire ranks consistently as one of the most racially homogeneous states in the nation. Census data show that more than 92 percent of residents are white. But just like the rest of the country, the Granite State’s population, particularly its youth, has grown more diverse …

Basil Blight Wipes Out Crop at N.H. Farm

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Folks at Dimond Hill Farm in Concord don’t mince words when talk turns to one of their most popular crops. “We sell lots and lots and lots of basil every year,” said Jane Presby, a seventh-generation farmer who …

Milne to Skip Primary Debate

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Montpelier — The Republican gubernatorial hopeful considered to be the candidate of the Vermont party establishment said Tuesday he would not attend an Essex debate with three other candidates seeking the nomination in next week’s primary election. Scott Milne said Tuesday he had been invited to attend the …

N.H. GOP Rivals for U.S. House Discuss Immigration in Debate

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rindge, n.h. — Three Republican candidates for the state’s 2nd Congressional District debated at Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday, tackling issues including campaign advertising and national border security. The debate, the second in the university’s Monadnock Debates series, featured state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, former state Sen. Gary Lambert …

Women’s Prison Breaks Ground

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Concord — About 100 people, including Gov. Maggie Hassan and several state legislators, gathered yesterday behind the Concord state prison to mark a moment more than 20 years in the making: the groundbreaking for New Hampshire’s first permanent, …

Armored Vehicle Is Punchline in Keene

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Keene, n.h. — Comedian John Oliver weighed in on Keene’s much-talked-about armored vehicle during a segment about the militarization of local police forces Sunday night. The BearCat was used as an example on Oliver’s weekly HBO show Last Week Tonight of how local police departments, like the ones …

Governors Step Into Supermarket Feud

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boston — As an employee revolt at a New England grocery store chain headed into its fifth week, the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire took the unusual step of personally stepping into negotiations aimed at ending a …

Former U.S. Senator Dies; Moderate Served Over 30 Years

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Montpelier — Former Vermont U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80. Jeffords died in Washington, said Diane Derby, …

Beautiful, Bizarre Burying Beetles Act as Nature’s Undertakers

Monday, August 18, 2014

I don’t often shake down my cat for a dead mouse, but I did think it was fair, considering that he is always shaking me down for his cat food. I wasn’t going to eat his mouse. I …