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IBM Offloads Microchip Plant in Vt.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Burlington — International Business Machines will pay $1.5 billion to unload its semiconductor manufacturing unit, the company announced​ M​onday. GlobalFoundries, which is owned by the emirate of Abu Dhabi, is acquiring fabrication plants in Essex Junction, Vt., and Fishkill, N.Y., and all of IBM’s employees at those facilities, the company told state officials. GlobalFoundries says it will maintain operations in Essex, Vt. IBM is Vermont’s largest private-sector employer with an …

Police Probe Pumpkin Festival Riots

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Keene, n.h. — Local authorities in New Hampshire vowed Monday to prosecute the perpetrators of the violent disturbances near Keene’s annual pumpkin festival that led to property damage and dozens of arrests and injuries over the weekend. Keene Police Chief Kenneth Meola said also that college students who did nothing criminal but exercised …

Garcia, Kuster Tangle in TV Debate

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Concord — Candidates competing in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District accused each other Monday of being missing in action and ignoring constituents in favor of following party leaders. In their first debate, Republican Marilinda Garcia criticized Democratic incumbent Annie Kuster for not holding town hall meetings, and accused her of putting President Obama’s …

Though Not Ideal, Record Shows Leadership, Shumlin Says

Monday, October 13, 2014

Montpelier — After almost four years on the job, Gov. Peter Shumlin has presided over the recovery from the state’s worst natural disaster in almost a century, pushed to make his state the first in the country to create a single-payer health care system and sought to wean …

Polling: GOP Should Retake N.H. House

Monday, October 13, 2014

Concord — Half a dozen state Senate districts are the battleground for control of New Hampshire’s upper chamber this November while in the House of Representatives, polling indicates Republicans are likely to take back the majority they lost in 2012. Republicans hold 13 of 24 state Senate seats …

Tourism Grant Will Promote North Country

Monday, October 13, 2014

Lancaster, n.h. — The Northern Border Regional Commission is awarding a $200,000 grant to a campaign that markets North Country tourist attractions, retailers, hotels and restaurants. New Hampshire Grand says it will use the money to upgrade its website and expand its public relations and marketing efforts. Once …

1 Dead in Halloween Hayride in Maine

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mechanic Falls, Maine — A Halloween-themed hayride loaded with passengers crashed down a hill in the Maine woods and slammed into a tree, fatally injuring a teenage girl and leaving more than 20 other people hurt, police said …

Shaheen Stumps With Leahy

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Claremont — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said she supports efforts to build an international coalition to combat the Islamic State, as well as efforts to address the militant group’s financing and recruitment. In an interview during a …

Maine Harvest Schools Teens in Hard Work

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Blaine, Maine — In the gentle hills of northern Maine, far from the rocky coastline and lighthouses, teenagers trade warm classrooms for cold potato fields every fall, just as they have for generations. Schools shut down — sometimes …

Vermont Biologists Seeking More Info on Surviving Bats

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Montpelier — Biologists with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife are conducting a second experiment this winter to determine if more bats are passing the winter without waking from hibernation and flying in the frigid air where most die from white nose syndrome. In recent weeks, biologists …

EPA Chief Says Lake Champlain Cleanup Critical

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Burlington — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used Lake Champlain as a backdrop to call for continued efforts to clean up the lake and other waterways across the U.S. that she said are critical to the future of the country. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said …

Oil, Natural Gas Prices Confound New England

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hartford, Conn. — Pipeline bottlenecks that drove up natural gas home heating prices in New England last winter could cause trouble when the weather again turns cold, but oil prices that once climbed to record territory continue to fall. That unusual sequence of events — higher prices for …

N.H. Plans to Fix Historic Ski Jump

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Berlin, N.H. — A historic ski jump that once attracted up to 30,000 spectators and made New Hampshire an important winter sports destination after it opened in 1938 is getting a chance to soar again. The Nansen Ski …