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    NH governor candidates debate, agree on Keene melee

    10/22/2014 09:52 PM EDT
    CONCORD, N.H. -- Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republican businessman Walt Havenstein found something to agree on Wednesday in their first televised debate in the governor's race -- those responsible for the weekend riot near the Keene Pumpkin Festival should be held accountable. 
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    Court: Maine agency can campaign against bear vote
    10/22/2014 09:46 PM EDT - PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A Portland judge says the state’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife can use its resources to campaign against a statewide referendum to ban certain bear-hunting tactics. The Portland Press Herald reports Justice Joyce Wheeler ruled Wednesday that Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting failed to demonstrate the department’s opposition to ban caused Full Story

    Vermont man guilty of luring, killing teacher
    10/22/2014 09:45 PM EDT - BURLINGTON -- A part-time snowplow driver who told police he and his wife set out "to get a girl" was convicted Wednesday of luring a prep-school teacher out of her Vermont home and then killing her. The 32-year-old defendant, Allen Prue, cried when the jury announced its verdict, as did relatives of the victim, Melissa Jenkins. Full Story

    MCLA Day of Service set for Saturday
    10/21/2014 06:12 AM EDT - NORTH ADAMS >> Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the City of North Adams announce that a "Day of Service — Fall Edition" will take place on Saturday from 10 a. Full Story

    Burlington teachers union, school board ratify contract
    10/21/2014 10:04 AM EDT - SOUTH BURLINGTON (AP) - The South Burlington School Board and the teachers union have ratified a three-year contract for teachers following a four-day strike last week. Full Story

    Vermont employee health plan premiums to increase 17.9 percent
    10/21/2014 03:08 PM EDT - MONTPELIER -- State employee health plans will see a 17. Full Story

    EPA puts off Lake Champlain ruling till spring
    10/21/2014 02:43 PM EDT - The Environmental Protection Agency has postponed its decision on the restoration of Lake Champlain's water quality until next spring. Stephen Perkins, director of ecosystem protection for the EPA's Boston office, said Wednesday the agency will issue an order by spring 2015, the latest delay in a decision that had been due this fall. Full Story

    Vermont earns 'C' for infrastructure quality
    10/21/2014 02:41 PM EDT - Vermont has Tropical Storm Irene to thank for a modest improvement in infrastructure quality, as measured by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Vermont chapter of the national professional association (VTASCE) gave Vermont an overall grade to "C" in its 2014 report, presented Thursday in Montpelier. Full Story

    CMS survey reveals near drowning in Brattleboro Retreat's adolescent unit
    10/21/2014 02:40 PM EDT - The most recent federal survey of the Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital found staff failed to follow protocols in three instances in September; in one of them, a patient nearly drowned. On Sept. 22, a 16-year-old patient with bipolar disorder and acute mania, who was supposed to have constant monitoring with staff no more than an arm's length away at any time, was allowed to bathe Full Story

    Burlington College to sell 25 acres to real estate developer
    10/21/2014 02:37 PM EDT - BURLINGTON -- Burlington College plans to sell 25 of its 32 lakefront acres to real estate developer Eric Farrell next month for $7 million in an effort to keep the school open, officials said Monday. Interim President Mike Smith said the college has $11.4 million in long-term debt and $300,000 in past-due bills. Full Story

    Bank robber who bummed cigarette gets 10 years

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A bank robber who stopped during his escape to bum a cigarette off a construction worker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. Full Story
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    Charli XCX surprises at school homecoming dance

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charli XCX took a break from touring Wednesday night to perform at an unlikely venue: a high school gymnasium. Full Story