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In this photo taken Monday Dec. 15, 2014, New Hampshire businessman Greg Sancoff poses next to the “Ghost," his newly designed warship vessel, on the grounds of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Sancoff put up some of his own money to build the warship, now they just need to find a buyer.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

A ‘Ghost’ of a Chance

Monday, December 22, 2014

Kittery, Maine — Even on land, the Ghost looks futuristic and fast. The angular vessel looks like a waterborne stealth fighter. It rides atop underwater torpedo-shaped tubes powered by a pair of 2,000-horsepower gas turbine engines. Gyroscopes keep the ride smooth. Sadly, Ghost is all revved up with no place to go. The brainchild of a wealthy inventor and entrepreneur, …

Vt. Officials Edit State Health Goals

Monday, December 22, 2014

Montpelier — After Gov. Peter Shumlin dropped his long-sought goal of a universal, publicly funded health care system this past week, key members of his health care team immediately got back to work picking up less ambitious pieces of the plan. Appearing Wednesday before reporters and two boards that had advised him, the second-term Democrat said there were steps the state can still …

Deer Take Down, Bears Up This Hunting Season

Monday, December 22, 2014

Concord — Hunters in New Hampshire killed fewer deer this season, but a robust bear population and a change in the way they’re hunted meant more success for people trying to bag one, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. In total, hunters bagged 11,464 deer during the fall season, down 8.6 percent from the 2013 total of 12,540, according to …

Vt. Health Connect Continues Struggles

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Montpelier — The back-end manual processes that underpin Vermont’s health care exchange continue to cause problems, according to customers, state officials and an internal memo. Those processes are also driving up spending that could add to the budget deficit next year, which is already pegged at roughly $100 …

Vt. Residents Cope With Power Outages

Friday, December 12, 2014

South Strafford — Vermont officials are warning that tens of thousands of households that have lost power in recent days could see outages continue into the weekend as workers struggle to keep up with the ongoing problems caused …

Judge Rules Against Lawmaker on Single-Payer Documents

Friday, December 12, 2014

Montpelier — A Superior Court judge ruled against a state representative this week, affirming that records she requested relating to the governor’s single-payer financing plan are privileged, not public. Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington, made an open records request for “reports or memos or other work products related to …

Jasper Picks Committee Heads

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Concord — House Speaker Shawn Jasper named committee chairmen and vice chairmen yesterday, putting some of the finishing touches on his leadership team that he says represents Republicans from across the caucus. “I was looking for experience,” the Hudson representative said. Weare Rep. Neal Kurk will lead the …

Vermont Wins Early Education Grant

Friday, December 12, 2014

Burlington — A $33 million federal grant to be awarded to Vermont over four years will be used to expand access to quality early education for Vermont children in need to ensure that every child gets a strong start, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Thursday. Vermont was one of …

Upper Valley Lawmaker On the Rise

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — An Upper Valley lawmaker is expected to become the next majority leader in the Vermont House when Democratic legislators hold their organizational meeting on Saturday. After being a member of the caucus’ leadership, state Rep. …

Official: Limited Supply Means Higher Energy Bills

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Manchester, n.h. — Energy leaders reiterated Wednesday the need for additional power sources in New England, a fact made more acute by potentially record-high electricity prices coming this winter. Representatives from ISO New England, the Public Utilities Commission and the state’s major utilities gathered at an event hosted …

N.H. Court Upholds Pension Reform Law

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Concord — The New Hampshire State Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a 3-year-old pension reform law for public employees that shifted more costs onto workers. The law, which dealt with setting employer contribution rates, was challenged by state employees who argued the Legislature should not interfere with the …

Harvard Professor Apologizes For $4 Chinese Order Rant

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Boston — A Harvard Business School instructor who blasted a Boston-area Chinese restaurant for overcharging him by $4 on a takeout order apologized Wednesday for a lengthy and widely publicized email exchange with restaurant management. Associate professor Benjamin Edelman had threatened legal action and demanded the Sichuan Garden …

N.H. Health Network Rules Delayed

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Concord — Revisions to New Hampshire’s rules for health care provider networks are going to take longer than state officials initially expected. They thought updates could be in place for 2016, but health policy analyst Tyler Brannen said at a meeting Tuesday that 2017 is now the target …