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Bruno Calumbi, of Newport, N.H., had just purchased a hands-free device at Best Buy in West Lebanon, N.H., on July 2, 2015. Before heading out on his motorcycle, he was setting up the device. Calumbi said he would also be using it when driving his car.  (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Hand-Held Devices Banned

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Following in Vermont’s footsteps, New Hampshire last week put in place a law that makes it illegal for drivers to hold a cellphone to their ear while driving, a measure both states hope will cut down on distracted driving. New Hampshire’s law, like Vermont’s, mandates that drivers using electronic devices have hands-free use of them while driving, meaning that motorists …

Rent Subsidies at Risk at More Area Apartments

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Charlestown — Tenants in Pine Tree Lane Apartments in West Lebanon are not the only New Hampshire residents in danger of seeing their homes become unaffordable because of the impending loss of rental subsidies. Dozens of other residents who now receive the same type of rental assistance find themselves in a similar situation …

Construction on R.I. Nightclub Fire Memorial to Begin

Sunday, July 5, 2015

West Warwick, R.I. — The first phase of construction for a scaled-down memorial at the site of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people is set to begin, and the head of the nonprofit group that has worked for years to build it says it expects to complete it by the spring. The …

Dangerous Men, Inside Help and a Bold Escape From Prison

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New York — It was dawn in the cellblocks of Dannemora, time for a round of bed checks on the convicted killers, rapists and other criminals held behind stark 19th-century walls. Guards went along the lattice of light-green …

Welch Tries to Save Funding for Vt. Roads

Sunday, July 5, 2015

State officials may be facing a construction work stoppage this fall if federal funds that pay for most of Vermont’s transportation projects continue to dry up — which they will do if Congress fails to act by the end of the month. While most members of Congress enjoyed …

Beating Back Invasive Plants

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Yarmouth, Maine — Maine is turning to crowdsourcing to chronicle the invasive plants that plague some of its natural areas. The state is gathering the data through its iMapInvasive website, which launched a year ago. The online tool …

Researchers: Vt. Bat Population Shows Increase Despite Disease

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dorset, Vt. — Vermont’s little brown bat population could be stabilizing or even growing despite being devastated by disease, researchers said. Scott Darling, a wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, told the Rutland Herald the state has been monitoring Aeolus Cave in southwestern Vermont for …

N.H. Officers’ Names Given To Lawyers

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has released to defense attorneys the names of nearly 150 police officers whose certifications to perform breath tests in suspected drunken driving cases may be in question. Deputy Attorney General …

Hassan: Revisit State Budget

Friday, July 3, 2015

White River Junction — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is encouraging legislative leaders to return to the table to consider a compromise on the state’s budget for the 2016-2017 biennium. Hassan vetoed the $11.3 billion budget approved by the Republican-led Legislature last week. A particular sticking point has …

Larger Veterans Center Opens

Friday, July 3, 2015

White River Junction — Upper Valley veterans have a new space to call their own on the first floor of a new office building on Prospect Street in White River Junction. At the new, larger Vet Center, counselors …

States Fight Invasive Ash Borer

Friday, July 3, 2015

Concord — Ever vigilant, researchers in Northern New England have added more tools to help them track the spread of an invasive beetle that has destroyed millions of ash trees. Dangling this year from tree branches all over …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hartland Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Lebanon Law Firm Embezzlement Case Burlington — A 61-year-old Hartland woman pleaded not guilty to accusations that she embezzled nearly $700,000 from a Lebanon law firm between 2008 and January of this year. Catherine McKinney on Thursday answered to three felony fraud …

Mass. Lotto, Casinos Vie for Profits

Friday, July 3, 2015

Boston — Call it a clash of the state’s gambling titans. The middle-aged Massachusetts State Lottery is nervously looking over its shoulder to see if the state’s newborn casino industry will drain away some of the hundreds of millions it generates in profits each year for local cities …