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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 provider. The state has seen a spike in heroin overdoses in recent years and Narcan use doubled in 2014 over the previous …

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. “But it’s not fair for me to pay in money to help somebody out who …

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 said Thursday. Richard Fletcher did not fire the shot that killed Pat O’Hagan in her …

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 …

Report: Many Plants Nearing Extinction

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England’s rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever …

New Hampshire Lawmakers Honor Students After Raptor Bill Debacle

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Concord — Lawmakers on Wednesday passed a resolution formally encouraging student participation in state government even as the legislators were being lampooned nationally for mocking what started as a civics lesson for fourth-graders. The action in the House of Representatives follows the much-criticized and publicized debate over the …

Boston Olympic Group Urges Statewide Vote

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Boston — The group behind Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics said Tuesday that it wants the residents of Massachusetts to decide whether the effort to bring the games to the city should go forward. John Fish, chairman of Boston 2024, told a gathering of business …

Vt. Cops Tipped on Durst in 2012 in Middlebury Student’s ’71 Disappearance

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Middlebury, Vt. — A 2012 tip led investigators to look into whether millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst played a role in the 1971 disappearance and presumed death of a Middlebury College freshman, police said Tuesday. The tip …