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Tuesday Night Vermont Town Meeting Blog (Updated 6:15 p.m.)

Check back at this page on the Upper Valley Dispatch blog throughout the evening as we post color from Vermont Town Meeting day. Previews of town and school meetings in the Twin States can be found on…

Today at 04:19PM
Vermont US Sen. Sanders says DHS funding welcome

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says it's welcome news that the U.S. House has agreed to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September.

Today at 04:17PM
Man charged with killing family dog after it bit 4-year-old

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Police say a New Hampshire man stuck his dog in a kennel and shot it dead with a hunting rifle after it bit a 4-year-old boy.

Today at 04:05PM
Man charged with killing family dog after bite to 4-year-old

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Police say a 33-year-old man killed the family dog after it bit a 4-year-old boy.

Today at 03:59PM
New Hampshire House to vote on tanning ban for teenagers

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Before Jay Farley died from melanoma last year at the age of 30, he asked his parents to educate others about the dangers of using a tanning bed, which doctors linked to his cancer.

Today at 03:49PM
Cheshire Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock deal approved

KEENE, N.H. (AP) - Officials say a closer affiliation between Cheshire Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock will allow more patients in southwestern New Hampshire and southeastern Vermont to receive care closer to home.

Today at 02:59PM
Bridgewater, Pomfret Agree to Merge Schools

Voters at Town Meeting in Bridgewater this morning voted 111-11 to close Bridgewater Village School. Later, voters in Pomfret finalized the plan, 84-2, which involves merging elementary school students…

Today at 02:07PM
On Town Meeting Day, Groton rejects ATV use on some roads

GROTON, Vt. (AP) - Groton voters rejected a proposal Tuesday to allow the use of all-terrain vehicles on some town roads in the longest Town Meeting Day debate since the rural community discussed a $1 fee for registering cats in 1999.

Mar 2
Chargers in NCAAs

New London -- The Colby-Sawyer College men's basketball team will meet Trinity in a first-round NCAA Division III tournament game on Friday evening. The Chargers (19-6), winners of the North Atlantic…

Mar 2
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Mar 2
Windsor Changes Its Tax Payment Schedule

Windsor -- Voters at Town Meeting Monday night approved a switch from quarterly property tax payments to semiannual. Payments will now be due in September and February instead of September, November,…

Mar 2
Weathersfield Will Sell 33-Acre Parcel

Weathersfield -- At Monday night's Town Meeting, residents gave the Selectboard authority to sell 33 acres with a pond on Tenney Hill Road and also voted in favor of moving the start of Town Meeting. …

Mar 2
World & Nation Brief: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Nasdaq 5,000: Index Passes Milestone Number New York -- The Nasdaq composite closed above 5,000 for the first time since its dot-com era peak nearly 15 years ago after merger news and an encouraging…

Mar 2
Cleveland Blames Fatal Police Shooting on 12-Year-Old Victim

The lawyer representing the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old African-American with a toy gun shot to death by a white Cleveland police officer, reacted angrily on Monday to city arguments that the…

Mar 2
Poll Supports Gun Checks

Montpelier -- A new VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey shows overwhelming public support for universal background checks on private gun sales in Vermont, yet legislation to do just that has stalled.…

Mar 2
Pollution Flick Goes Viral in China

Beijing -- The hottest movie in China this weekend wasn't Fifty Shades of Grey or Jackie Chan's latest, Dragon Blade. Instead, a pointed and emotional online environmental documentary has swept the country…

Mar 2
Boston Shovels Out, Spars Over Spaces

Boston -- Bostonians have another reason to be steamed about this winter of epic snow: The city is starting to remove the lawn chairs, milk crates, coolers and other items that people put on the street…

Mar 2
Nurse Who Had Ebola Sues Hospital

Dallas -- The Dallas hospital that treated the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola lied to Congress when it said its staff was trained to handle the deadly virus, a nurse who contracted…

Mar 2
Obama Lays Out Conditions For Iran

Washington -- The Obama administration opened an all-out effort Monday to sell its nuclear diplomacy with Iran, with the president and several top aides laying out the case for a negotiated deal as Israeli…

Mar 2
Man Pleads Not Guilty In Vt. Stabbing Death

Brattleboro, Vt. -- A man with a long criminal history pleaded not guilty Monday to a manslaughter charge in the stabbing death of another man at a Westminster home. Lonnie Place, 38, of Westminster,…

Mar 2
How One Vermont Family Educates Its Sons, by 'Unschooling'

Thirteen-year-old Fin Hewitt and his 10-year-old brother, Rye, sport belt knives instead of backpacks. At an age where many children are learning to ride bikes, these boys could operate a tractor and…

Mar 2
Tunbridge Voters Approve School Budget

Tunbridge -- Following a lengthy discussion about the need to curb rising education costs, voters approved a $3.22 million school budget Monday night. Much of the 90 minute back-and-forth discussion…

Mar 2
Racer to Follow Guidelines Toward Reinstatement

Charlotte, n.c. -- Kurt Busch has agreed to follow NASCAR's recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement. The 2004 champion was indefinitely suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware judge…