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State. Sen. Odell, R-New London, Plans to Step Down at End of Term

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New London — State Sen. Bob Odell, a moderate Republican known as a pivotal and principled vote in Concord, announced Friday he would not seek a seventh term in the state Senate, saying he is ready to spend more time with his family and friends. “As my colleagues all know, serving in the New Hampshire Senate is both a unique …

Law School Gets Bond Downgrade

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Moody’s Investors Service, an investment assessment services company, downgraded Vermont Law School’s $10.3 million in 2011 revenue bonds this week. Moody’s lowered its rating for …

Enfield Board Backs Dog Park

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Enfield — Mascoma-area residents and their pooches could be frolicking in a dog park on Route 4A before the end of the year. The Enfield …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, April 15

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

West Lebanon Plazas Warned of Potential Flooding West Lebanon — Fire officials are alerting merchants, particularly those in the Upper Valley and Kmart plazas, of possible flooding this week. Due to snowmelt and predicted rainfall, the Connecticut River is expected to crest at 24.4 feet in West Lebanon …

If GMO Bill Passes, Vt. AG Expects Suit

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont may become the first state in the country to require the labeling of food products made with GMOs. The legislation was passed by the House last year by a wide margin. This year, three Senate committees have given their support to the bill. The proposal …

N.H. Senate Panel to Debate Ban on Sale of Painkiller

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Concord — The Senate Commerce Committee today will consider legislation that would temporarily ban a powerful new painkiller that addiction experts have warned will add to the state’s burgeoning opiate epidemic. Committee Chairman Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford , unveiled an amendment last week to a House bill that would …

Jam Session

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dartmouth senior Kara Hedges browses jams and jellies from Thompson Goat Farm in Springfield, Vt., at the 13th annual Flavors of the Valley event at Hartford High School on Sunday. Valley News — Will Parson …

Claremont Battles Feds On Trail Use

Monday, April 14, 2014

Claremont — City Manager Guy Santagate said the city is in a “quandary” over a disagreement with federal officials regarding use of motorized vehicles on nearly three miles of the city-owned recreational trail. Last week, the city received a copy of a letter sent to the state Department …

Norwich to Discuss New Buildings

Monday, April 14, 2014

Norwich — The Selectboard will hear public comment on five possible designs for new or upgraded joint police and fire stations on Wednesday. The board will also consider three possible designs for reconfiguring the town’s public works facility on New Boston Road. The main purpose of the building …

Hanover Fire Leaves Siblings Homeless

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hanover — A Greensboro Road single-story ranch house was destroyed in a fire Sunday afternoon. Firefighters from three area departments, Hanover, Lebanon and Hartford, responded while Norwich and Lyme departments covered the Hanover station. Hanover Police Sgt. Brad …

Fire Engulfs Bradford Dairy Barn

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Firefighters responded to a fully engulfed barn fire at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, which destroyed the structure but caused no injuries. “Some structures were starting to fall” when the firefighters arrived on scene, said Bradford Fire Chief Ryan Terrill. The dairy barn, which belongs to Mickey …

Local & Regional Briefs: April 14, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Police: Dogs Weren’t Shot But Were Struck by Vehicle Windsor — Two dogs that police first believed were shot and thrown out of a vehcile, instead died from being struck on the highway, police said Sunday. Through a necropsy of pitbulls Dunkin and Diesel it was determined that …

Silent Treatment

Monday, April 14, 2014

Brad Hollis II of Enfield gives his son, Gage Hollis, 10, instructions as he shoots a Walther P22 with a silencer to make it easier for Hollis to instruct his son at the Enfield Outing Club in Enfield, …