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In this Thursday, July 30, 2015 photo, Salvatore Emma Jr., president and CEO of Micron Products, displays Blunt Impact Projectiles, one ready for use, left, and another after being fired during a test at the factory in Fitchburg, Mass. The projectiles utilize new technology developed by the company to provide law enforcement with less-lethal ammunition engineered to cushion and displace the force of impact, designed to cause pain and discomfort but not serious injury. The technology is part of a push to find ways for law enforcement to be able to use force with non-deadly means. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Less-Lethal Weapons Get New Interest Amid Police Shootings

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fitchburg, Mass. — Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s the goal. Police have long had what they considered “nonlethal” weapons at their disposal, including pepper spray, stun guns and beanbag …

Mass. Tosses Sex Offender Residency Law

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Boston — The highest court in Massachusetts upheld a judge’s decision Friday to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that could have broad implications for about 40 other communities with similar restrictions. In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court agreed that Lynn had no legal authority to adopt …

N.H. Struggles to Expand Addiction Beds

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — Roughly 40 people are waiting for drug addiction treatment at Serenity Place, a center in Manchester with just eight available beds. Serenity Place’s efforts to expand in recent years have been held up by non-responsive landlords and unfriendly neighbors. Now, an inability to comply with state licensing requirements needed to collect …

Algae Drives Down Lake Champlain Property Values

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Georgia, Vt. — The two cottages on the shore of Lake Champlain someday will be passed down to her children, but Enid Letourneau worries the algae that turns the shoreline pea-soup green each August means they won’t amount …

Green Line Project Points to T Board Dilemmas

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Boston — Now comes the hard part for the new board overseeing the T. The MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board, created in the state budget signed into law by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker last month, is quickly confronting difficult operational and political choices it may be forced …

Convict in 1971 Murder Wants to Appeal Latest Trial Ruling

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman more than four decades ago wants to appeal a recent court decision denying him a new trial. Robert Breest, 77, denies beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially nude body onto the frozen Merrimack …

Lynx Trapping Lawsuit Continues

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Portland, Maine — A coalition of environmental groups is pressing ahead with a lawsuit it says will provide more protection for Maine’s lynx, despite new trapping restrictions adopted by the state to safeguard the animals. Canada lynx are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, so states cannot …

Local & Regional Briefs for Saturday, Aug. 29

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Parking Pass to Start At Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Manchester (ap) — The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is starting a program for people who park there frequently. “MHT FASTPASS,” starting Sept. 1, will allow customers to quickly enter and exit the airport parking areas using a card tied to a …

Legal Aid Kicks Off Fund Drive

Saturday, August 29, 2015

As the amount of public money to New Hampshire legal aid programs shrinks, lawyers are increasingly looking toward businesses and community stakeholders for financial assistance. The 15th annual N.H. Campaign for Legal Services is kicking off to raise $350,000 for New Hampshire Legal Assistance as well as the …

Teen Acquitted of Felony Rape

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a then-15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed …

N.H. Prepares Narcan Rollout

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — As drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire maintain last year’s record pace, the state soon will begin distributing an overdose reversal drug to law enforcement and social service agencies free of charge. The state is ordering 4,700 kits of naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan, …

Detour on I-91 Northbound Planned Until Monday Morning; Delays Expected in WRJ

Thursday, August 27, 2015

White River Junction — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is urging drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area around Interstate 91’s Exit 11 interchange in White River Junction this weekend as construction crews plan to shut down the …

Lawyers Recommend New Settlement in Milk Suit

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A class action lawsuit that accused two dairy groups of manipulating the Northeast milk market and driving small farmers out of business is one step closer to being settled. Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit Allen v. Dairy Farmers of America have asked U.S. District Court …