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A tourist takes a picture from the Quechee Gorge bridge in Quechee, Vt., on June 27, 2005. (Valley News - David M. Barreda) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Bill Seeks Suicide-Prevention Steps for Quechee Gorge Bridge

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Quechee — The Quechee Gorge Bridge, a scenic and historic structure that provides a key Upper Valley highway link and draws tourists from near and far, also poses a threat to public health. That’s the premise of a bill in the Vermont Legislature that would require the state Agency of Transportation to come up with measures to prevent suicides at …

Blocking Access to ‘Hot Spots’ May Avert Suicide Attempts

Sunday, February 14, 2016

While landmark bridges are often marvels of science and engineering, assessing the techniques used to prevent suicides on these structures remains a work in progress. Consider the comprehensive look at the effectiveness of prevention measures at “specific, accessible and usually public sites which are frequently used as locations for suicide and gain reputations as such” published online in September by Lancet Psychiatry, a …

Caution Urged as Temperatures Plunge Throughout Northeast

Sunday, February 14, 2016

New York — Bitter temperatures and biting winds had much of the northeastern United States bundling up for the some of the worst cold of the winter — a snap so bad it forced an ice festival in Central Park to cancel and caused an Interstate pileup that killed three. Officials urged residents to take precautions while forecasters warned that high winds in …

Engineering Report Stymies Plans for Vt. Detention Center

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bellows Falls, Vt. — An engineering report is complicating plans by the Windham County sheriff to open a pretrial detention center in the village of Bellows Falls, but the sheriff says he’s still considering his options. Sheriff Keith Clark said Friday that a study of the existing building …

Feds: New Rules Would Reduce Illegal Seafood

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Portland, Maine — Federal authorities say they want feedback from the public about proposed rules they hope would take a bite out of illegal fishing imports that jeopardize the country’s multibillion-dollar commercial fishing industry. Proposed new rules about seafood traceability would protect the public from fraud and help …

Tech-Shy Beacon Hill Plays Catch-Up

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Boston — Scan the horizon for tech-savvy locales and chances are you’ll skip right over the 218-year-old Massachusetts Statehouse — more museum than incubator. With its marble hallways and fusty portraits of governors in frock coats and powdered wigs, the building and its occupants can seem hopelessly stuck …

Vermont a ‘Super Tuesday’ State in Presidential Primary

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Montpelier — With favorite son Bernie Sanders on the ballot, Vermonters will get a chance to double-dip on March 1, when the state’s Super Tuesday presidential primary coincides with the annual Town Meeting Day. Currently, there are 10 Republicans on the ballot in Vermont and four Democrats, including …

Conan O’Brien Returns to Harvard

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Boston — Conan O’Brien was a prankster during his Harvard years, but he also credits his success to hard work in the classroom. The late-night TV host spoke to an audience of Harvard University students on Friday about …

PETA Calls Off Dogs Over ‘Greased Pig’ at Newport Festival

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Newport — An international animal advocacy group launched a protest against a Newport Winter Carnival event billed as a “Greased Pig on Ice,” but withdrew it after learning there’s no pig in the act — just a man …

New Uses for Campaign Signs

Friday, February 12, 2016

Durham — The oversized Carly Fiorina campaign signs along New Hampshire’s Route 4 weren’t enough to keep the Republican presidential hopeful’s campaign alive past Tuesday’s primary, but they could end up helping people with disabilities live their lives more independently. For the past four years, University of New …

N.H. Town Returns Surplus Grenade Launcher as Lawmakers Look to Limit What Departments Accept

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Meredith Police Department never got a chance to use its grenade launcher. The equipment, obtained at least nine years ago through a U.S. Department of Defense program, was recalled by the Obama administration as part of its reconsideration of a federal policy giving surplus military gear to …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lebanon Board Gives Housing Development Extension Lebanon — The Lebanon Planning Board unanimously granted the owner of a housing development on Old Pine Tree Cemetery Road an extension for the project’s third phase at its meeting on Monday. The board initially approved the 140-unit housing development as Sleeper …

N.H. House Closer to Medicaid Expansion Extension

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Concord — The Republican-controlled House gave initial approval to a bill that reauthorizes the state’s Medicaid expansion program for two more years. “This is the right thing to do for New Hampshire,” said the bill’s sponsor Rep. Joe Lachance, R-Manchester. “The program is good for our residents, it’s …