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Politicians Talk Power During New Hampshire Energy Summit

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Concord — Political candidates who spoke at an energy forum Monday agreed with one lawmaker’s apt summary that “price, price, price” is the top concern when it comes to electricity, but the solutions they offered varied in scope and specificity. The annual New Hampshire Energy Summit heard from Republican state Sen. Jeb Bradley — who made the quip about prices — and also from candidates for governor and U.S. Senate: …

Vt. Looks for Out-of-State Prison Contractor

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

State corrections officials are searching for a contractor to house the inmates it doesn’t have room for in Vermont. But the process isn’t likely to dramatically improve conditions for the approximately 500 Vermonters serving time in Kentucky and Arizona. With Vermont’s four-year contract with Corrections Corporation of America set to expire next July, Commissioner of Corrections Andrew Pallito has started the bidding process …

More Changes Made To Gun Carry Permits

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Concord — The New Hampshire Department of Safety is reissuing the state’s concealed carry gun license application for the second time in two months after complaints from gun rights activists prompted the department to withdraw some of the changes it made to the form this summer. The department’s latest move isn’t appeasing all critics, and one state legislator said he plans to propose …

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 …

Vt. Health Site Down For Repairs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday that his administration has made the decision to take the Vermont Health Connect website offline for weeks to make repairs, and oversight for the project has shifted. Shumlin said he made the decision with the hopes of ensuring a smooth open …

Wynn Resorts Wins Casino Bid

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Boston — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project’s economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which …

Lawmaker Wants Offenders at Sentencings

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Concord — A New Hampshire lawmaker wants to require violent offenders to attend their sentencing hearings, in the wake of a dispute that arose in the case of a man convicted of raping and killing a 19-year-old college student. Rep. Renny Cushing, a Hampton Democrat whose father and …

Ayotte, Shaheen Weigh in on Islamic State

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Both of New Hampshire’s U.S. senators questioned the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at an Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday on the country’s strategy to confront the Islamic State. U.S. Sen. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Claremont Fire’s Cause May Take Weeks To Identify Claremont — It could be weeks before the state fire marshal is able to determine what caused the fire that destroyed a Main Street restaurant last week. Claremont Fire Chief Rick Bergeron said the investigation into the fire at Joey’s …

A Fine Kettle of … Hawks?

Monday, September 15, 2014

It rained heavily the first time I had planned to go on a hawk watch, and the trip to Mt. Tom in western Massachusetts was cancelled. But the rain brought with it a weather front the next day …