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  • Entergy nuke plant hearings start with tech talk Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 9:32 AM ET

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y.-- A federal hearing that could decide the future of an Entergy Corp. nuclear plant in the New York City suburbs began Monday on a less-than-dramatic note. The hearing was dominated by a highly technical discussion about how to predict where corrosion might occur in the miles of piping at the Indian Point nuclear plant.

  • Squirrel population boom frustrates fruit growers Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 2:39 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Don't let the bright eyes and bushy tails fool you. In southern Vermont, Clarence Boston said he hasn't seen such an infestation of pests in the 33 years he has been an orchardist on 60 farms in five states. This year's squirrel boom in parts of Vermont followed two seasons of bountiful acorn and beechnut crops and last year's mild winter.

  • Meetings next week on change to Vt. maple grading Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Public meetings are planned this week in Vermont on a sticky issue _ a proposed change to the state's grading system for maple syrup. The change would unify the classification system across the United States and Canada. Vermont's syrup would go from Grade A Fancy to "Golden Delicate."

  • NY nuke plant opponents try to block new licenses Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:55 AM ET

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y.-- For the people who want to shut down Entergy Corp.' s nuclear plant in the New York City suburbs, where 17 million people live within 50 miles, this day has been a long time coming. Andrew Cuomo _ who have campaigned against the plant, on the Hudson River in Buchanan, 35 miles north of Manhattan.

  • Group opposed to gay marriage releases TV ads Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.-- The group fighting to overturn Washington's gay marriage law started running its first TV ads in the state on Thursday. Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject the state's gay marriage law that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov.

  • YOUR MONEY-Should you buy extra insurance at work? Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 11- Does an office perk count as a benefit if you pay for it yourself? Apparently so, because an increasing number of companies are using so-called voluntary benefits to bulk up workplace offerings.

  • Amtrak, Downeaster trains set ridership records Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:59 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine-- Amtrak as well as its Downeaster passenger service between Maine and Boston have set new ridership records. Records were also set in other regions of the country, including New England.

  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • Vt.'s Grace Potter to sing online for fair trade Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:31 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Fans of Vermont singer Grace Potter will be able to watch her give an online concert where she is going to be promoting fair trade coffee. She's going to be singing at Joe's Pub in New York live Tuesday on the Facebook page of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc..

  • $1.7 million in tax credits go to Vt. downtowns Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    They include the reconstruction of the Brooks House in Brattleboro, which was damaged by fire last year and encouraging investment in the Blanchard Block in downtown Barre and Catamount High School in Bennington.

  • If voters OK hemp, unclear farmers would grow it Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:54 PM ET

    SEATTLE-- Residents of Washington, Oregon and Colorado won't just be considering whether to let adults buy pot at state-sanctioned shops when they vote next month on legalizing and taxing marijuana. "Farmers are already engaged in a high-risk endeavor," said Roy Kaufmann, a spokesman for Oregon's pot initiative. "

  • At a Glance: Weekly change in state gas prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET
  • $250K grant to help northern Maine communities Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    MADAWASKA, Maine-- Communities in the St. John Valley region of far northern Maine are getting $250,000 in grant funding to expand development and tourism opportunities. The Northern Border Regional Commission grant will be used to expand recreational facilities in Madawaska, St. Agatha and Frenchville.

  • Some in Vt. not sweet on standard syrup grading Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 11:39 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- In a state that has a long history of maple syrup production and fiercely protects the purity of its brand, Vermont producers are proud of their "fancy," "grade A dark amber" and "grade B" syrup.

  • Vt. telecom firm gets $2M to expand wireless Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    Peter Shumlin said Thursday that cell telephone and data service in parts of rural Caledonia and Orange counties will improve, thanks to a $2 million federal grant to the telecommunications company VTel.

  • After CFTC loss in court, limits battle could drag on Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:18 PM ET

    Oct 4- The Commodity Futures Trading Commission's battle to impose position limits intended to keep speculators from manipulating prices could drag on until at least 2014, after it lost a lawsuit last week.

  • Vt. creates panel to review energy siting Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    Peter Shumlin has set up an independent commission to review the siting of electric power generating projects including wind farms in Vermont.

  • US cities with the highest and lowest unemployment Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:13 PM ET
  • Unemployment rates for Northeastern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:13 PM ET
  • New England unemployment rate up again Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- The unemployment rate in New England climbed in August, but it is still below the national average. The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday the jobless rate in the six-state region was 7.3 percent last month, up from 7.1 percent in July. A year ago, the rate in New England was 7.8 percent.