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Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, March 6

ApprenticeÊline-worker Mark Morin of 3 Phase Line Construction gathers tools while working on a job in Lebanon, N.H., on March 5, 2014. New lines were being installed that will carry over 13,000 volts of electricity.Ê
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

ApprenticeÊline-worker Mark Morin of 3 Phase Line Construction gathers tools while working on a job in Lebanon, N.H., on March 5, 2014. New lines were being installed that will carry over 13,000 volts of electricity.Ê Valley News - Jennifer Hauck Purchase photo reprints »

Randolph Passes $2.46M Budget

Randolph — Voters at Town Meeting handily approved all spending requests in Australian ballot voting on Tuesday.

The $2.46 million Randolph general fund budget passed, 367-104, and the $1.9 million highway fund was approved by an even wider margin.

The $4.5 million Randolph school district budget was approved, 349-117.

Larry Richburg and Trini Brassard won seats on the Selectboard, while Sarah Murawski and Jen Messier won School Board seats.

Paul Putney Jr. was elected to the Randolph Union High School Board.

A total of 478 voters, 16 percent of the checklist, voted on Tuesday.

The union high school’s $8 million budget was approved by Australian ballot voting on Feb. 4.

Shaheen, Ayotte Sponsor Bill That Axes Motorcycle Checkpoints

Concord (ap) — Senators from New Hampshire, Wisconsin and West Virginia have introduced legislation to end federal funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints.

The bill introduced on Wednesday is sponsored by New Hampshire’s senators — Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Kelly Ayotte — along with Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin.

The bill would prohibit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from issuing grants to states to set up checkpoints where motorcycle riders are targeted by police to check that their vehicles meet state standards for noise, tire condition and other requirements.

The senators argue that the checkpoints are discriminatory, and they note that motorcycle riders already are subject to state registration, inspection, licensing and helmet laws and must stop at sobriety check points like all other drivers.

Complaints Return About N.H. Heating Oil Company

Alton, n.h. — Complaints have surfaced again from customers of a New Hampshire home heating oil company about delays in fuel deliveries and in contacting the business, including a school in Alton where 150 students went much of one day without any heat.

Superintendent Bill Lander in Alton tells WMUR-TV he called Fred Fuller Oil 10 times Monday and either got a busy signal or no answer.

Once, the number was disconnected.

“It was pretty cold,” said eighth-grader Connor Croteau at Alton Central School. “It was harder to write because your hands were cold.”

The district was eventually able to get through to the Hudson-based company and get oil, but officials are worried they could run out of fuel again.

A company spokesman said the problem plaguing its phone system has been fixed again and it is taking care of deliveries.

Last month, Fuller agreed to reimburse the state nearly $21,000 for an emergency hotline for customers. It also planned to set up a fund to assist customers who had to pay other firms for emergency deliveries.

— Staff and Wire reports