New England in Brief

Tuesday October 9, 2012

Vt. singer to promote fair trade coffee with online concert

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont singer Grace Potter is going to be promoting fair trade coffee with a live, online concert.

The concert at Joe’s Pub in New York will be streamed live Tuesday on the Facebook page of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

Potter is working with the Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee as part of the "Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Pass it On" campaign.

The campaign is a part of Fair Trade Month, which is designed to increase awareness for fair trade, a practice that gives farmers in the developing world fair prices for their products.

The concert starts at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Editor’s note: In a story that ran in Monday’s Reformer the AP incorrectly reported that the concert would be held on Wednesday.

Top Vermont GOP candidates want
wind moratorium

BURLINGTON (AP) -- The Republicans seeking Vermont’s two top state offices both support a moratorium on development of large-scale wind towers on Vermont mountaintops.

Mountaintop wind has emerged as an issue this election season.

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin says he opposes a moratorium on wind power development. The same is true of Cassandra Gekas, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

Both Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott say it’s time to take a pause on wind power development and examine its impact on the state.

N.H.’s Gov. Lynch endorsing Hassan

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Popular Incumbent Gov. John Lynch is endorsing fellow Democrat Maggie Hassan as his replacement.

Lynch’s office confirmed Monday that he will endorse Hassan on Tuesday. Hassan’s campaign plans a noon rally in Concord for the formal endorsement.

Hassan has told voters she worked closely with Lynch as a state senator. She says she would build on the foundation set by Lynch if she’s elected.

Hassan faces Republican Ovide Lamontagne in the race to replace Lynch, who is retiring.

N.H. issuing vouchers for free voter ID cards

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire is issuing vouchers for free voter identification cards to people who don’t have acceptable photo identification under a new state law.

Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan said Monday that city and town clerks have the vouchers that can be taken to any state motor vehicles office to obtain a voter ID. Under the new law, voters must show a photo ID or sign an affidavit at the polls Nov. 6.

Acceptable forms of photo identification for this election are: a driver’s license from any state even if expired, a non-driver photo ID issued by the state, a valid photo ID issued by federal, state, county or municipal government or any photo ID deemed legitimate by local election officials. Local election officials also can verify a voter’s identity.

Casino backers’ hopes looking up in N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Supporters of casino gambling in New Hampshire are encouraged by the fact that both major party candidates for governor support expanding it in some form.

But it’s not a sure thing, because any such proposal still would have to get through the state House and Senate, and similar proposals have failed to do so in the past.

Both Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan say they support expanding casino gambling in New Hampshire. Some of the impetus comes from a desire to compete with Massachusetts, which last year authorized three casinos and a slots parlor.

Mass. lawmaker: We’re keeping eye on meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (AP) -- The House chairman of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Public Health Committee says lawmakers are keeping a close eye on the outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a steroid distributed by a Framingham pharmacy.

State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez says legislative leaders are monitoring the latest developments from the federal Food and Drug Administration and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Boston Democrat said Monday he’s hasn’t ruled out the possibility of public hearings, but said right now he has more questions than answers.

Sanchez said if there is some action Massachusetts lawmakers can do to tighten state regulations, he wants to make sure he has all the information he needs before making any recommendations.

On Sunday, the New England Compounding Center announced a voluntary recall of all of its products, calling the move a precautionary measure.

Largest yacht stops in Maine for a visit

EASTPORT, Maine (AP) -- What’s called the "world’s largest privately owned yacht" will visit three Maine ports.

The 644-foot ship called The World will tie up at the breakwater pier in Eastport on Tuesday so that the residents who live aboard can visit the seaport. The vessel also will visit Bar Harbor, Rockland and Portland before making its way to Boston.

The World is owned by 130 families from 19 countries who occupy 165 private condominium residences. Since 2002, the ship has been continuously circumnavigating the globe, visiting 800 ports in 140 countries.

The ship is the only private residential community at sea and has a crew of 260 from 40 countries, including a golf pro.

Much of UConn’s athletic fundraising
is secret

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Webster Bank signed on this summer to help the University of Connecticut build a new basketball training center, but the school has refused to say how much the bank is spending or what exactly it will get in return for its millions.

Though it is a public institution, UConn keeps much of the financial information about its athletic fundraising secret by using private entities to handle that work.

The state legislature has long exempted the University of Connecticut Foundation, the organization that does all the school’s private fundraising, from state freedom of information laws.

Now the school is asserting that it doesn’t have to release the details of marketing deals, such as the one with Webster, because a private company handles those contracts.


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