State / Region

Campus Policies Lacking

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lawyers who reviewed how New Hampshire’s public universities and colleges handle sexual harassment and other misconduct said Friday the schools must address specific gaps in policies and practices while also making broader efforts to create a safe campus culture. University System of New Hampshire officials asked attorneys at a Manchester law firm to review their procedures in general and their handling of four incidents in particular — three involving misconduct …

U.S. Senate Passes Belated Energy Bill

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Washington — The U.S. Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. Senators approved the bill by voice vote shortly before beginning a two-week recess. The measure now goes to the House, where a similar bill was …

Man Facing Deportation Wants New Trial in Case

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Montpelier — A man convicted on charges that he lied on a U.S. immigration form about his role in Bosnian war crimes is asking for a new trial, claiming jurors based the conviction on allegations prosecutors made during the trial rather than charges in his indictment. Attorneys for Edin Sakoc claim in court papers that jurors in his January trial found him guilty …

N.H. Senate Bill Would Add 30-Day Rule

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire voters would be required to live in the state for 30 days prior to voting if a bill passed by the Senate on Thursday goes into effect. The bill’s supporters called it a reasonable effort to avoid “drive-by” voting and other voter fraud, but …

New Hampshire Eases Rules for Administering Anti-Overdose Drug

Friday, March 27, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire safety officials are offering police officers a training course on administering life-saving doses of Narcan to people who overdose on heroin, painkillers and other opioids. The eight-hour course is available immediately and those who complete it attain the new licensing level of law enforcement …

N.H. Senate Approves New Restrictions on Welfare Purchases

Friday, March 27, 2015

Concord — The Republican-led Senate voted Thursday to prohibit more than 12,000 New Hampshire welfare recipients from using their cash benefits to buy alcohol, tobacco, firearms and several other items. “We want to help people who are in need,” said Republican Sen. Jeanie Forrester, the bill’s prime sponsor. …

Murder Charge Dropped in 2010 Slaying

Friday, March 27, 2015

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — One of three men charged with breaking into the home of a 78-year-old grandmother and killing her agreed to cooperate with authorities in exchange for the dismissal of murder charges against him, the prosecutor …

Universities, Renewable Energy Cut

Friday, March 27, 2015

Concord — House budget writers voted Thursday to keep the state university system funded at current levels and raid $50 million from the renewable energy fund to avoid $68 million in cuts — and hundreds of layoffs — in the Department of Transportation. House Republican leaders had said …

Proposed Bill Limits Tax Deductions

Friday, March 27, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House advanced legislation Thursday to raise $35 million in new taxes by limiting deductions from the state income tax. The 76-67 vote was unusually close in the Democrat-dominated House, as a coalition of liberal Democrats, Progressives and independents who make up the Working Vermonters …

Jury Shown Autopsy Photos Of Boston Bombing Victim

Friday, March 27, 2015

Boston — A medical examiner testifying Thursday in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev described in graphic detail the devastating injuries that ravaged the body of a 29-year-old woman and caused her to bleed to death …

Senate OKs Pared-Back Vt. Gun Bill

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Montpelier — The state Senate took a key vote Wednesday to advance a bill that would set new restrictions on firearms ownership but that lacks what had been its most hotly debated provision — expanded background checks for gun buyers. The bill won preliminary approval on a 20-8 …

N.H. House Pumps Brakes on Gas Tax

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Concord — Unable to gather enough support within their own party, House Republican budget writers on Wednesday backed off a proposed increase in New Hampshire’s gas tax aimed at keeping the state’s highway fund afloat. The House Finance Committee will reconvene today to discuss other ways to avoid …

Democrat Faces State Lawsuit

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday seeking fines against a publicly financed lieutenant governor candidate for alleged campaign finance violations. Attorney General William Sorrell said Dean Corren’s campaign solicited and facilitated a Vermont Democratic Party mass email sent to at least 16,000 …