The New Hampshire Executive Council has approved a $13 million contract for FairPoint Communications to provide Internet and telecommunications services for state government.

The approval came after an earlier decision on the contract was delayed due to service problems experienced by the company’s Granite State telephone customers.  

As part of the contract agreement, FairPoint will hold public meetings around the state to discuss the service issues.

A ban on industrial wind projects: that's the recommendation by the executive board of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, hoping the full board will agree and include the industrial wind project moratorium in its regional plan.

For our Friday Regional Report, VPR's Mitch Wertlieb spoke with Robin Smith, a reporter for the Orleans County Record, an edition of the Caledonian Record.

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Christopher Coyne was officially installed today as the Tenth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington. Representatives of the church joined Vermont Catholics for the ceremony at Saint Joseph Co-Cathedral.

The Mass of Installation is a carefully orchestrated event, much of it scripted and solemn. But the occasion is not without opportunities for levity, which Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley took advantage of in his introductory welcome to the new Bishop.

Audio from this story will be available at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30.

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Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon announced Thursday several unprecedented steps that he hopes will create a safer environment on campus. His speech follows concerns about about the rising incidence of sexual assaults and high risk drinking.

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With temperatures expected to dip below zero tomorrow, some might be tempted to crank up the thermostat a notch or two. But for many Vermonters, that small adjustment is a big financial burden.

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Instead of heading to the art supplies store for materials, Montpelier artist Nick Neddo takes to the woods and forages for feathers, sticks and rocks to make his own.

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Next year, a state mandate kicks in that will require businesses with between 51 and 100 workers to purchase their employee health benefits from the online insurance exchange. But House Speaker Shap Smith says lawmakers should get rid of that mandate, unless the Shumlin administration can demonstrate serious improvements at Vermont Health Connect.

Audio from this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30.

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In the Rutland area, the name Lenny Burke is well known to many. But thanks to a new book by Yvonne Daley, called A Bend in the Road, Lenny Burke's remarkable story of overcoming a traumatic brain injury is being rediscovered by a whole new generation. And many are only just now realizing the tremendous impact Burke and his mother Emmie have had on T.B.I. treatment in Vermont and beyond.

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In December, Governor Peter Shumlin decided that the numbers just didn't add up to continue pursuit of the single-payer health care system. But that didn't end the work of the Green Mountain Care Board, which was created by the Legislature in 2011.

Green Mountain Care Board Chairman Al Gobeille discusses what the board has achieved thus far and what their goals are regarding health care reform.

Post your question or comments for Al Gobeille here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

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Personal finance experts have cautioned us for years that credit card debt is a financial trap. But Vermonters have an average of $9,667 in credit card debt, according to the Vermont Financial Literacy Task Force, and that's better than the national statistics. We look at managing credit and debt, complicated financial tools and language and we learn how younger people deal with debt differently than their parents.

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