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People stand atop an overturned car in Keene, N.H. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, during a night of violent parties that led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries, near the city's annual pumpkin festival.  The parties around the school coincided with the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival, where the community tries to set a world record of the largest number of carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns in one place. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jeremy Fox)  BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT; NO SALES

Students Clean Up After Mayhem in Keene

Monday, October 20, 2014

Keene, n.h. — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the school coincided with the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival, where the community tries to set a world record of the largest number of carved …

Economy Gets Focus in N.H. Gov.’s Contest

Monday, October 20, 2014

Concord — As New Hampshire continues to crawl out of the Great Recession, both candidates for governor are using facts about the state’s economic health to woo voters who say it’s one of their biggest issues heading into the Nov. 4 election. And both have it right. Republican candidate Walt Havenstein points to the state’s low gross domestic product growth rate of 0.9 …

Vermont’s Republican Lieutenant Gov. Facing Stiff Challenge

Monday, October 20, 2014

Montpelier — When he needs to take out his aggression, Phil Scott heads to the Thunder Road racetrack, gets into a lime green Chevrolet emblazoned with the logos of local businesses and pursues his part-time, and often successful, passion as a race car driver. Around the Statehouse, where Scott serves as lieutenant governor, he is variously described as low-key, easygoing and a broker …

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 …

Though Not Ideal, Record Shows Leadership, Shumlin Says

Monday, October 13, 2014

Montpelier — After almost four years on the job, Gov. Peter Shumlin has presided over the recovery from the state’s worst natural disaster in almost a century, pushed to make his state the first in the country to create a single-payer health care system and sought to wean …

Polling: GOP Should Retake N.H. House

Monday, October 13, 2014

Concord — Half a dozen state Senate districts are the battleground for control of New Hampshire’s upper chamber this November while in the House of Representatives, polling indicates Republicans are likely to take back the majority they lost in 2012. Republicans hold 13 of 24 state Senate seats …

Tourism Grant Will Promote North Country

Monday, October 13, 2014

Lancaster, n.h. — The Northern Border Regional Commission is awarding a $200,000 grant to a campaign that markets North Country tourist attractions, retailers, hotels and restaurants. New Hampshire Grand says it will use the money to upgrade its website and expand its public relations and marketing efforts. Once …