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Kelly Rose Belanger, the former bar manager at South Street Cafe in Providence, examines a copy of a receipt while testifying at the murder trial of former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  Hernandez is charged in the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013.  According to Belanger, Hernandez spent the earlier part of the night drinking with a group at a bar in Rhode Island, and smoking marijuana outside, on the evening that Lloyd was murdered. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

Testimony Continues in Hernandez Trial

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fall River, Mass. — Ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez ran up a $243 bar tab and smoked marijuana in the hours before the boyfriend of his fiancee’s sister was shot to death, according to testimony Thursday at his trial. Just over an hour before the killing of Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013, video surveillance shows Hernandez walking unsteadily …

Lawyers: Not Enough Minorities

Friday, February 27, 2015

Boston — Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect asked a judge Thursday to dismiss the indictment against their client or suspend his trial, saying there weren’t enough minorities and younger people in the jury pool. The move by lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev came just days before opening statements and testimony are set to begin in his federal death penalty trial. In their …

Biden Checks Off Early State N.H.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Concord — First, Iowa. Then, South Carolina. Now, New Hampshire. Vice President Joe Biden may have completed his 2016 early voting state trifecta on Wednesday, but there’s still little evidence he’s doing anything else to prepare for a White House bid. “I think there’s some that are wondering if he has any intention, and he really hasn’t said anything about running,” N.H. House …

17 Injured in 70-Vehicle Pileup in Maine

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Etna, Maine — More than 70 vehicles got tangled up in a series of chain-reaction pileups Wednesday along a snowy stretch of Interstate 95 in Maine, injuring at least 17 people, state police said. The pileups in Etna, …

Sears: Gun Background Checks Not Happening

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Montpelier — Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, sounded the death knell for universal background checks this year, but not before ripping into a gun rights advocate Wednesday over public comments on the proposed legislation. The Senate Judiciary chairman is known for his blunt style, but his actions became personal …

Vt. Senate Backs Child Safety Bill

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Montpelier — A year after the first of two toddlers died in what prosecutors say were parental abuse cases, the Vermont Senate on Wednesday endorsed a wide-ranging bill to enhance child protections. Two-year-old Dezirae Sheldon, of Poultney, Vt., died last February and 15-month-old Peighton Geraw, of Winooski, Vt., …

FairPoint Workers to Return Today

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Concord — The four-month strike at FairPoint Communications coincided with a massive spike in customer complaints to the state Public Utilities Commission. Workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, who walked off the job in October, ratified collective …

Vt. GOP Formalizes Request For Federal Review of Gruber

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Montpelier — Republican lawmakers are calling for a federal investigator to review Vermont’s spending to implement the Affordable Care Act. The minority leaders of both chambers told the media in December that they would send a letter requesting that the Inspector General of the Department of Health and …

Auditor: Gruber May Have Overbilled Vermont

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Montpelier — State Auditor Doug Hoffer says the Shumlin administration failed to provide sufficient oversight of Jonathan Gruber’s contract and it appears the economist may have overbilled for the work of a research assistant. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor was hired to use his proprietary economic model …

Housecleaners Testify in Hernandez Trial

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fall River, Mass. — Two women who cleaned the home of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified Monday at his murder trial that they saw guns stashed in three places in his house before the killing. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the June 17, 2013, …

EPA Could Push Tougher Rules for Cleanup of Lake Champlain Cleanup

Monday, February 23, 2015

Montpelier — Reducing the amount of phosphorus in Lake Champlain could be the responsibility of the federal government if a plan being reviewed by the state falls through, a development that could mean big bills to upgrade sewage treatment plants. Vermont cities and towns could face more than …

N.H. Struggles With Workers’ Comp Costs

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concord — If a worker in New Hampshire gets hurt on the job, an anesthetic injection can cost $763 under a workers’ compensation claim, compared to $298 for non-work related injuries. Surgical treatment for tendinitis in the shoulder costs about $2,200 if the injury happened at work, compared …

Poll Finds Most Support Increasing Investment Taxes on Wealthy

Monday, February 23, 2015

Washington — The rich aren’t taxed enough and the middle class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they’re too high as well. Those are the results of an Associated Press-GfK poll that found that most people in the United States support President Obama’s …