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FILE - This file artist's rendering released March 27, 2013 by Wynn Resorts shows a proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant complex on land at the site of a former chemical plant. The decision came after Wynn conceded to a number of significant requests the commission made, including proposing alternative designs for its 27-story glass hotel tower.(AP Photo/Wynn Resorts, File)

Mass. Finalizes Casino License

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Boston — Wynn Resorts and Massachusetts gambling regulators on Wednesday finalized a license for a proposed $1.6 billion resort casino across from Boston, but the casino company says it’s not yet prepared to campaign against a looming threat: November’s ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law. “We have always said that it is up to the citizens of Massachusetts …

Gov. Maggie Hassan names Sen. Bob Odell and Rep. Amanda Merrill to committee that permits Northern Pass and wind projects

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan has nominated Republican state Sen. Bob Odell and Democratic state Rep. Amanda Merrill to sit on the committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind farms or pipeline projects in the state. The legislators would be among the first public members to serve on the newly reorganized Site Evaluation Committee that sites and permits commercial-scale …

Locals to Walk In New York Climate March

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

White River Junction — More than 150 people are expected to board buses in the Upper Valley early Sunday morning en route to New York City, where they will join thousands of others in a march through Manhattan to draw attention to climate change. Main organizers are estimating 200,000 people will attend the People’s Climate March, which is scheduled two days in advance …

Advocate for Victims Must Strike Balance

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dover, N.H. — Brigit Feeney walked a delicate line during the trial of a man accused of killing and raping University of New Hampshire sophomore Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott. For nearly two years before the trial, she consoled Marriott’s …

Federal Regulators Approve Plan For Brattleboro Retreat Corrections

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Brattleboro, Vt. — Federal regulators have approved a plan by Vermont’s Brattleboro Retreat to fix problems found in a recent failed inspection at the psychiatric hospital. The hospital was warned that it could face another potential loss in federal funding if it did not submit a plan for …

KUA Grad Remembered At Service

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pinecrest, Fla. — Letters slain journalist Steven Sotloff wrote to his family before he was beheaded by Islamic State militants were read at his memorial service Friday, with him telling them to be happy and stay positive and …

FairPoint Unions Vow To Fight at ‘New Level’

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Portland, Maine — Leaders of two unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont say they’re going after the CEO, board members and corporate owners for refusing to negotiate. The Communication Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers accused the company …

Mass. Pharmacist Arrested in Tainted Steroid Case

Friday, September 5, 2014

Boston — A pharmacist who oversaw the sterile clean rooms at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak was arrested Thursday as he was about to board a flight for Hong Kong, federal officials said. …

Sodexo Will Purchase More Vermont Food

Friday, September 5, 2014

Randolph — International food service company Sodexo on Thursday pledged to buy more Vermont-produced food for the colleges, schools and businesses it serves in the state, saying that will lead to more local jobs and provide the freshest, best-quality food to its customers. Last year, the company bought …

Rubens: What You See Is What You’ll Get in Office

Friday, September 5, 2014

Jim Rubens promises “bold solutions.” That phrase has been the guiding principle of the Hanover Republican’s bid for U.S. Senate ever since he jumped into the race last September, months before his competitors Scott Brown and Bob Smith. …

Warming Gulf of Maine Imperils Lobster

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Friendship, Maine — Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the …

Vt. Health Care Rates Set to Increase

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Montpelier — Rates for insurance products sold on Vermont’s health care exchange will increase in 2015, but not by as much as insurers had wanted, state regulators said Tuesday. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont’s requested average 9.8 percent rate increase across health exchange products was revised to …

Head of Vt. Child, Family Dept. Resigns

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Montpelier — The head of Vermont’s Department of Children and Families is leaving for another job in the aftermath of two infant deaths that have prompted increased scrutiny of the state’s child welfare system. At a news conference Wednesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that Commissioner David Yacovone is …