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Second Child Death Worries Lawmakers

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Montpelier — The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations is investigating the death of a second child in Vermont within the past few months, raising ire among some lawmakers about the lack of information shared with them by state officials. Sen. Dick Sears, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-chairman of the special Senate Review Panel on Child Protection, learned Wednesday through the media of the death of a 14-month-old …

N.H. Senate OKs Hand-Held Phone Ban In Nh

Friday, April 18, 2014

Concord — Hand-held cellphone use would be banned while driving in New Hampshire in mid-2015 under a bill passed Thursday by the Senate. The Senate’s voice vote sends the bill back to the House to consider an amendment to require the state to educate the public about the ban. The House can vote to accept the change, kill the bill or ask the …

N.H. Senate Votes to Keep Death Penalty

Friday, April 18, 2014

Concord — A divided New Hampshire Senate voted against repealing the death penalty yesterday, ending concerns for some who worried that a repeal would reverse the death sentence of Michael Addison, who was convicted for fatally shooting Manchester police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006. “I think it’s incumbent on all of us to …

Odell: N.H. Should Fix Medicaid Tax

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Concord — The state Senate’s chief tax bill writer said lawmakers need to come up with a fix to replace a state tax on hospitals found last week to be unconstitutional. A Hillsborough County Superior Court judge’s decision threatens to blow an $185 million hole in the state …

Shumlin Rejects Alternate Health Plan

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gov. Peter Shumlin is dismissing a legislative consultant’s plan that lawmakers could use as an alternative to the administration’s single-payer health proposal. The concept memo was drafted for the Legislature by health care economist Ken Thorpe. His plan was conceived as an alternative to single-payer, and would extend …

New Hampshire Argues No State Money Goes to Scholarships

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Concord — Attorneys representing New Hampshire argued before state Supreme Court justices Wednesday that a state program that gives scholarships to students who attend private and religious schools is funded by businesses and that no state funds are given to the schools. The court will decided the constitutionally …

Court: Enfield Drug Arrest Unconstitutional

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Concord — A police officer who stopped a driver for a defective taillight acted unlawfully when he asked to see the man’s tongue, then used its green hue as the basis for a marijuana arrest, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The court reversed the drug convictions …

N.H. Considers ‘Unfit to Drive’ Law

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Concord — Legislation that would protect New Hampshire doctors and other medical professionals from lawsuits if they report someone as unfit to drive ran into a potential roadblock in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill has the support of the state branches of the AARP and AAA but …

Vt. Senators Hear Stun Gun Bill Testimony

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Montpelier — Some Vermont law enforcement officers told a Senate panel Tuesday that they favor legislation the House passed last month that would require new statewide standards on the use of stun guns by police. But the mother of a Thetford man who died in 2012 after a …

Questions Linger in Boston Bombing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boston — A surveillance video shows a man prosecutors say is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placing a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, just yards from where an 8-year-old boy was killed when it exploded. A hand-scrawled …

N.H. Plans Appeal On Hospital Tax Ruling

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Concord — The state will appeal a judge’s ruling that a tax on New Hampshire hospitals that brings in $185 million annually is unconstitutional, the Attorney General’s Office said Monday. Senior Assistant Attorney General Mary Ann Dempsey said the state will appeal last week’s ruling with the state …

Couple Gets $1.3M In Wind Settlement

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Montpelier — A Vermont couple whose Northeast Kingdom farm became a focal point in the fight against construction of a 21-turbine industrial wind project on Lowell Mountain said Monday that they were selling their 540-acre farm to Green Mountain Power for $1.3 million. In announcing they had agreed …

If GMO Bill Passes, Vt. AG Expects Suit

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont may become the first state in the country to require the labeling of food products made with GMOs. The legislation was passed by the House last year by a wide margin. This year, three Senate committees have given their support to the bill. The proposal …