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  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Four years after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene nearly destroyed Vermont's fish hatchery in Roxbury, officials still are looking for the estimated $5 million it would take to rebuild it to meet modern standards. Meanwhile, a hatchery on the White River in Bethel owned by the federal government is closed although it was nearly fully repaired...

  • MINNEAPOLIS— The Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor. Its $24 million debt from the 2012 presidential election, only recently paid down, has squeezed investments in the next White House race. The Republican National Committee, coming out of years in the red,...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont attorney general's office is conducting a criminal investigation into the Brattleboro Retreat following a whistleblower's complaints about alleged Medicaid fraud at the private psychiatric hospital, The Associated Press has learned. Its 2014 annual report said about a quarter of its $65 million annual budget came from state...

  • President Barack Obama signed a federal declaration of emergency for Washington state on Friday, authorizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate relief efforts in 11 counties and several Indian reservations hard hit by wildfires. The Okanogan Complex includes the so-called Twisp River fire,...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine officials say the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in July and was little changed from the month before. The Maine Department of Labor said Friday that the jobless rate last month was down from 4.7 percent in June. Vermont had the lowest rate among the six states at 3.6 percent and Rhode Island had the highest rate at 5.8 percent.

  • The Nebraska Labor Department said the preliminary July rate was six-tenths of a point under the July 2014 rate of 3.3 percent. U.S. Labor Department figures said Nebraska was trailed by North Dakota at 3 percent and Utah and Vermont at 3.6 percent. The Omaha rate remained unchanged at 3.2 percent but was down seven-tenths of a point from July 2014.

  • ATLANTA— As part of her promise to address rising college costs, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling to expand the AmeriCorps service program launched under her husband's administration. Clinton calls for spending about $20 billion over 10 years on the expansion, increasing the number of civil service volunteers from...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- World stock markets and oil prices fell on Thursday as another slump in the equity market of China, the No. 2 economy, stoked concerns about sluggish global growth. Stocks in China tumbled again, with both the Shanghai and Shenzhen markets down more than 3 percent. "This is clearly the indicators that are coming out of China," said Paul Mendelsohn, chief...

  • NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada— Hillary Rodham Clinton is voicing opposition to President Barack Obama's authorization for oil drilling in the Alaska Arctic and his delays on Keystone XL, in some of the clearest signs of the Democratic front-runner distancing herself from the president. In the course of a few hours, she announced her disapproval of his move to allow...

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, putting her at odds with the Obama administration one day after it approved drilling off Alaska. "The Arctic is a unique treasure," Clinton said in a Twitter post. On Monday, the Obama administration gave Royal Dutch Shell PLC final approval to...

  • WATERBURY, Conn.— Jonathan F. Kellogg, a former Associated Press bureau chief who served as executive editor of Connecticut's Republican-American newspaper, has died. Kellogg died Monday at his home in Harwinton. He also had served as executive editor of The Sun in Lowell, Massachusetts, and managing editor for the Portland Press Herald in Maine and the Maine...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 17- Hillary Clinton has told the AFL-CIO she wants to improve Social Security benefits for women and lower-income seniors, offering a glimpse of the Democratic presidential front-runner's thinking on a topic she has rarely addressed on the campaign trail. In a questionnaire on labor issues from April that has not been made public, Clinton said she...

  • POULTNEY, Vt.— A college student in Vermont has decided to live off the grid. The Rutland Herald reports that Green Mountain College senior Rob Dunn, of Henniker, New Hampshire, has been living in a two-story, 96- square-foot home in Poultney since last August. Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Heather and Doug Donahue left careers in teaching and construction behind to follow a dream of opening a dairy farm and cheese-making business in the rolling fields of Maine. Maine has established itself as the state with the fastest-growing artisanal cheese industry in the country, and state agriculture officials said it's not slowing down.

  • Agritourism growth sparks concerns over safety, liability Saturday, 15 Aug 2015 | 10:48 AM ET

    Farming is one of the more dangerous occupations in the U.S. mostly due to the machinery and equipment, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It isn't known how many agritourism-related injuries have occurred in the U.S., said Marsha Salzwedel, an agritourism safety specialist with the National Children's Center for Rural and...

  • Vermont to pay $1.6 million to Blue Cross Blue Shield Saturday, 15 Aug 2015 | 9:34 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin will pay Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont $1.6 million to cover past due premiums and incorrectly paid claims because of technical problems with the state's once-beleaguered health care website. BCBS spokesman Cory Gustafson said the $1.6 million payment agreement is to cover unpaid premiums and "...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Payroll records suggest the hunt for two escaped killers in northern New York cost more than $1 million a day, with overtime alone for state troopers and corrections officers $22 million higher than last year. State comptroller records obtained Friday by The Associated Press for June and July show that overtime totaled $41 million for the...

  • Aug 6- Dairy Farmers of America Inc has agreed to pay $50 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in which farmers in the northeastern United States accused the marketing cooperative of conspiring to drive down milk prices. In their lawsuit, which began in October 2009, farmers accused Dairy Farmers of America, its Dairy Marketing Services LLC arm, and dairy...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 6- Democratic presidential candidates will hold the first of six primary debates on October 13 in Nevada, the party said on Thursday, setting out a debate calendar that rivals of frontrunner Hillary Clinton say is insufficient. Announcing the calendar on the day of the first Republican primary debate, the Democratic National Committee set the...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 6- Democratic candidates for the White House in 2016 will hold their first primary debate, hosted by CNN, in the swing state of Nevada on October 13, the party said on Thursday. Announcing the Democrats' debate calendar on the day the first Republican primary debate takes place, the Democratic National Committee also set five other Democratic...