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Slow Money Aims for Fast Start in Vermont

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Montpelier — The Slow Money Vermont network will launch in Montpelier today. The concept of Slow Money was pioneered by Woody Tasch, the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered. Slow Money is comprised of groups of people collaborating to invest in small food businesses near where they live. “It’s everything from a few thousand dollars, meaning like micro-loans, one …

EB-5 Annual Cap Puts Some Vt. Projects at Risk

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

High numbers of Chinese applications may create a logjam in the federal EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The number of potential Chinese investors has exceeded the program’s yearly cap on applicants from a single country — a first in the program’s 24-year history. Review of EB-5 immigration applications from China have been put on hold, even though the Chinese EB-5 market shows no sign …

Appeal Filed In Murder of UNH Student

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Concord — Lawyers for a man sentenced to life without parole for raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student have filed a mandatory notice of appeal, raising questions about evidence that was excluded and testimony that was allowed saying he was prone to homicidal rages and threats. Seth Mazzaglia received the maximum sentence on Aug. 14 for the Oct. 9, 2012, …

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 …

GOP Contenders Clash in Debate

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Concord — Going on the defense, Republican U.S. House hopeful Marilinda Garcia said Wednesday her primary race opponents are either ignorant or lying about immigration, health care or other issues. The state representative from Salem faced former state …

Utility, Firm Form Project Partnership

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Essex, Vt. — Vermont’s largest electric utility is teaming up with a national renewable energy business to implement a series of state-of-the-art energy saving projects, including a new local electrical system in the Rutland area that will eventually be spread across the state. While Green Mountain Power is …

ISIL: Another Journalist Killed

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Beirut — Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, “our knife will …

Immigration a Hot Topic in N.H. GOP Race

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The United States’ southern border is almost 3,000 miles away from New Hampshire, but the flood of immigrants across that line in recent months has dominated debate in the 2nd Congressional District’s Republican primary. The first attack ad …

Free State Project Republican Runs 'Protest Campaign' for N.H. Senate from Florida

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Grafton — The Free State Project activist challenging state Sen. Jeanie Forrester in New Hampshire’s Sept. 9 Republican primary is running what he calls a “protest campaign” from his home in Florida. Although Tim Condon, R-Grafton, wants Forrester …

Douglas’ Memoir Discusses Gay Marriage

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Montpelier — Former Gov. Jim Douglas says he was acting on conscience in 2009 when he vetoed a gay marriage law that had been passed by the state Legislature. In a frank new memoir being released Wednesday, the …

U.S. Senate Hopefuls Differ On Wage Issue

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Concord — None of the top Republicans running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire wants to increase the federal minimum wage, and one of them wants to get rid of it altogether. President Obama has made increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 a …