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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, right, talks with U.S. Navy personnel from the Naval Operations Support Center (NOSC) in White River Junction following a ceremony announcing the naming of a fast-attack submarine after the state of Vermont, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Burlington, Vt. The USS Vermont is the first U.S. Navy vessel to be named after the Green Mountain State in more than 100 years. (AP Photo/Burlington Free Press, Ryan Mercer) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT

Navy Submarine to Be Named After State of Vermont

Friday, September 19, 2014

Burlington — U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus used Lake Champlain, with its history of a key naval battle in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as a backdrop Thursday to announce the naming of the USS Vermont, a nuclear attack submarine due to be built over the next several years. The $2.7 billion fast-attack submarine should be …

Poverty Rate Falls in N.H., Rises in Vt.

Friday, September 19, 2014

New U.S. Census data released Thursday shows 3,000 more Vermonters were living in poverty in 2013 and 17,000 fewer people living in poverty in New Hampshire. A total of 74,058 Vermonters were living below the poverty level in 2013, compared to 71,084 in 2012. Vermont’s poor amounted to 12.3 percent of its population. In New Hampshire, 8.7 percent of the population lives in …

Compliance Issues Took Vt. Site Offline

Friday, September 19, 2014

Montpelier — The state took Vermont Health Connect offline because it was unable to meet a federal checklist of security requirements, officials said Thursday. Over the summer, the federal government provided a timeline for reducing security risks, which expired 10 days ago, according to the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Information and Innovation. State officials interviewed for this story would not say …

Vermont Hospital Budgets Approved

Friday, September 12, 2014

State regulators approved a 3.1 percent overall increase in hospital revenue for the coming year, budgeting a combined $2.2 billion for Vermont’s 14 hospitals. The Green Mountain Care Board approved the six remaining hospital budgets at its Thursday meeting, though the revenue figures won’t be final until hospitals …

Supreme Court Hears Cop Shooter’s Appeal

Friday, September 12, 2014

Concord — Manchester police officer Dan Doherty says it’s ludicrous to doubt the reliability of his identification of the man who fired seven shots into his body at near point-blank range. “I looked right at him while he …

First Foliage Report Issued

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Montpelier (ap) — Vermont has issued its first weekly foliage report for this year’s leaf peeping season, with some early splashes of yellow in the higher elevations of northern Vermont. The report says a few red spots are showing in low elevations due to the early turning of …

Shumlin Seeks Third Term

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Burlington — Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin vowed Tuesday to continue what he calls the bold leadership he has brought to Vermont by pushing for initiatives such as renewable energy and creating the nation’s first single-payer health care system as he announced he will be running for re-election. Speaking …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 10

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two Health Groups Getting $558,000 To Help Consumers Concord — Two health groups in New Hampshire are getting federal grants totaling nearly $558,000 to help consumers navigate their coverage options under the health care overhaul law. Greater Derry Community Health Services Inc. and Bi-State Primary Care Association, Inc, …

Garcia Wins GOP Vote for 2nd District Seat

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Concord — Marilinda Garcia resoundingly won the Republican party nomination for Congress in the 2nd District Tuesday night, securing 50 percent of the vote with almost all precincts reporting last night. Former state Sen. Gary Lambert, of Nashua, …

In Vermont, Police Firing More Shots

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont police have fired their weapons at suspects in five instances this year, the most in one year and double the average since the Attorney General’s Office began investigating all officer-involved shootings 17 years ago. The most recent was Thursday when a state trooper shot and …

Sen. George Aiken’s Wife, Lola, Has Died

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Montpelier — The wife of the late Vermont Sen. George Aiken has died. Lola Aiken was 102. Lola Aiken filled an unusual role as a senate spouse. For many years, she ran her husband’s Washington office, and she …

Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to Close

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing plans to close by the end of September. The center’s trustees made the decision at an emergency meeting late last week, citing ongoing financial problems as the cause. The center provides a wide range of …

New Fight Erupts Over Natural Gas Plan

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hartford, Conn. — A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England’s governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy …