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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Milne stands outside a polling place on primary election day Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014, in Barre, Vt. Milne is considered the establishment GOP candidate seeking the nomination to run in November against incumbent Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Republican Milne Wins Vt. Gubernatorial Primary

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Montpelier — Republican businessman Scott Milne defeated two fellow GOP hopefuls and a Libertarian’s write-in bid Tuesday for the chance to face two-term Democratic incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin in November. Shumlin easily defeated H. Brooke Paige, of Washington, who also ran and lost to incumbent William Sorrell in the Democratic primary for attorney general. Milne defeated the two other declared …

Parties Exchange Fundraising Complaints

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Concord — In dueling complaints, both major political parties on Tuesday asked the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate what they call improper fundraising, spending or campaign finance reporting in the governor’s race. Democrats have said Republican hopeful Walt Havenstein spent $24,000 before he was legally allowed to, accepted $3,000 from political committees that aren’t registered in the state and didn’t properly report …

Vermont 10-Year Plan For Telecom Is Bold

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Montpelier — Telecommunications is an essential part of the lives of most people. If you own a telephone, use the Internet or subscribe to cable television, how does the state make sure those services are up-to-date, reliable and affordable in the future? That’s a question the Department of Public Service is posing in a series of public hearings this week. The department’s draft …

Historic Maine Lighthouse Sold

Monday, August 18, 2014

Portland, Maine — The federal government on Sunday closed out an auction for Boon Island Light Station, with the top bidder offering $78,000 for the lighthouse built in 1855 on a tiny rocky island 6 miles off Maine’s …

Vermont Lawmakers Grapple With Aging Prison Facilities

Monday, August 18, 2014

Montpelier — With Vermont’s prison facilities aging, lawmakers are beginning to grapple with whether to build new or patch up the old. The state Department of Buildings and General Services shared data with a legislative committee this past week on the maintenance costs of all eight Vermont correctional …

Attica Whistleblower Pursues Full Disclosure

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weston, Vt. — The whistleblower who spurred a state investigation of the 1971 Attica prison uprising is still on the case four decades later. Ex-prosecutor Malcolm Bell, now 82 and retired to the Green Mountains of Vermont, recently filed papers in support of opening long-sealed investigation volumes about …

New Court Planned Near VA

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nashua, n.h. — New Hampshire’s first court dedicated to helping veterans charged with crimes won’t be its last. Veterans’ advocates and health care providers will meet this month to begin planning a similar court for Grafton County, located …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Business Development Center Adds Mini-Courses Durham, n.h. — The University of New Hampshire and other partners have created a series of free, extremely short, online courses aimed at teaching entrepreneurs about social media. The new mini-courses last up to 15 minutes each and cover three topics: “Pinterest for …

Obama Taking Rare Break From Vacation

Monday, August 18, 2014

Edgartown, Mass. — President Obama is getting off the island. In a rare move for him, the president planned a break in the middle of his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to return to Washington on Sunday night for meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers on the …

Monument Marks Capt. John Smith’s 1614 Voyage

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rye, N.H. — Around this time in 1614, Capt. John Smith and a handful of loyal men sailed the waters from present day Massachusetts to Downeast Maine. During this six-month journey, Smith carefully observed the region’s climate, soil, …

NRC Watching Mass. Plant

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Plymouth, Mass. — An electronic indicator that would help regulate the flow of coolant into the Pilgrim nuclear reactor during a severe accident was found to be on the fritz during testing Tuesday, a situation that had operators scrambling to fix the problem. Plant watchdogs responded by citing …

More Ride Ferry to Canada

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Portland — The number of passengers sailing on the Nova Star cruise ferry between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, nearly doubled in July from the previous month, but the passenger count was lower than many had hoped it would be at the height of the summer tourist season. …

E-Cig Blamed in Logan Evacuation

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Boston — Federal authorities should consider further restrictions for electronic cigarettes on planes, airport officials said after one of the devices apparently started a small fire that forced passengers to briefly evacuate a plane last weekend. Ed Freni, director of aviation at the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates …