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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, right, talks with U.S. Navy personnel from the Naval Operations Support Center (NOSC) in White River Junction following a ceremony announcing the naming of a fast-attack submarine after the state of Vermont, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Burlington, Vt. The USS Vermont is the first U.S. Navy vessel to be named after the Green Mountain State in more than 100 years. (AP Photo/Burlington Free Press, Ryan Mercer) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT

Navy Submarine to Be Named After State of Vermont

Friday, September 19, 2014

Burlington — U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus used Lake Champlain, with its history of a key naval battle in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as a backdrop Thursday to announce the naming of the USS Vermont, a nuclear attack submarine due to be built over the next several years. The $2.7 billion fast-attack submarine should be …

Poverty Rate Falls in N.H., Rises in Vt.

Friday, September 19, 2014

New U.S. Census data released Thursday shows 3,000 more Vermonters were living in poverty in 2013 and 17,000 fewer people living in poverty in New Hampshire. A total of 74,058 Vermonters were living below the poverty level in 2013, compared to 71,084 in 2012. Vermont’s poor amounted to 12.3 percent of its population. In New Hampshire, 8.7 percent of the population lives in …

Compliance Issues Took Vt. Site Offline

Friday, September 19, 2014

Montpelier — The state took Vermont Health Connect offline because it was unable to meet a federal checklist of security requirements, officials said Thursday. Over the summer, the federal government provided a timeline for reducing security risks, which expired 10 days ago, according to the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Information and Innovation. State officials interviewed for this story would not say …

Market Basket Chain Begins Slow Recovery

Monday, September 8, 2014

Raynham, Mass. — Alice Farrington has her pick of four supermarkets, all a quick drive from her home. But this week, instead of going to one of those stores, she drove about 10 miles to shop at a place she’s heard a lot about lately: Market Basket, the …

French Launch Replica of Lafayette’s Ship

Monday, September 8, 2014

Paris — A reconstruction of the 213-foot frigate used by France’s Marquis de Lafayette to bring reinforcements to American revolutionaries in 1780 has tested the waters for the first time. The test run at high tide Sunday was …

N.H. Starts Weekly Foliage Reports

Monday, September 8, 2014

Jefferson, n.h. — The leaves are starting to change color in New Hampshire, and state tourism officials are spreading the word. The state tourism website, visitnh.gov, features weekly foliage reports from every region of the state, along with an interactive “foliage tracker” map. There’s also a mobile phone …

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. …