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Darriean Hess looks back Monday Jan. 26, 2015 in Rockingham County Superior Court in Brentwood, N.H. as she is led from court after pleading guilty and being sentenced to sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison for plowing into a group of bicyclists, killing two Massachusetts women in Sept. 2013. (AP Photo/Portsmouth Herald,  Rich Beauchesne, Pool)

Unlicensed Driver Who Killed 2 Cyclists Gets Up to 40 Years

Monday, January 26, 2015

Brentwood, n.h. — An unlicensed, intoxicated driver who killed two women when she plowed a car into a group of bicyclists was sentenced Monday to up to 40 years in prison after one of the survivors and the victims’ loved ones spoke of the agony their deaths had caused. “You changed my world. The whole universe changed. Two of the …

Vt. Senate Will Discuss Paid Leave This Week

Monday, January 26, 2015

A bill aimed at giving workers in Vermont paid time off for illness or other emergencies is back before the Senate. Hearings will begin today in the Senate Economic Development Committee on S.15, which would grant workers seven earned leave days off a year, or a total of 56 hours. The leave could be used for personal illness, illness in the family or …

Boston Bombing Judge Cites Progress Despite Slow Selection

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boston — The judge in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Monday that he’s not discouraged by the slow pace of jury selection. “We’re making good progress,” Judge George O’Toole Jr. said on the day testimony had been expected to begin. Instead of listening to opening …

State officials to move ahead with plan to slice $7 million from nursing homes

Friday, January 23, 2015

A plan to patch a $58 million hole in the Department of Health and Human Services budget drew fire from legislators Friday who said $7 million in cuts to nursing home payments would target some of the state’s …

Vt. Auditor Scrutinizes Deal With Health Exchange Expert

Monday, January 26, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont is applying a fresh round of scrutiny to its contract with Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who made headlines for talking about “the stupidity of the American voter.” State Auditor Doug Hoffer has been reviewing the contract under which Gruber got …

Winter Storm Heading for Northeast

Monday, January 26, 2015

Concord (ap) — Hardware stores were doing a brisk business in shovels and ice melting products and plow crews are resting up and checking equipment in advance of a storm that could dump more than a foot of …

Concern Over Sex Offender Registry in Vt.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers are grappling with how close to perfect the state’s sex offender registry needs to be before offenders’ addresses are posted online. Vermont in 2009 passed a law saying the registry had to have a clean audit from the state auditor of accounts before addresses …

Finding a ‘Death-Qualified’ Jury Slows Cases

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boston — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then …

ACA Enrollment Change Has Benefits, Drawbacks

Monday, January 26, 2015

Concord — A proposal to shift the Affordable Care Act’s annual enrollment period could both help and hurt consumers, according to state insurance regulators and industry officials. There are still three weeks left in the current enrollment period, but insurance companies already are scrambling to prepare their 2016 …

Former N.H. Gov. Lynch to Receive Frost Award

Monday, January 26, 2015

Manchester (ap) — Former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch will receive the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award at a ceremony featuring the Boston Red Sox president and CEO as keynote speaker. Plymouth State University created the award in 1970 in memory of the nation’s late poet laureate, who …

Vermont’s New Catholic Bishop Versed in Cyberspace

Sunday, January 25, 2015

South Burlington — Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop is just learning his way around the state, consulting a map to check on the location of some of the state’s parishes, but he’s already known in cyberspace. The Rev. …

Storm Covers Northeast in Snow

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston — Parts of the Northeast got their first real taste of winter on Saturday as a storm crawling up the coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England, but forecasters are watching a possible …

Cross-State Snowmobilers Can Ride for Free Next Weekend

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Concord — Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are going to take part in an upcoming three-day weekend when riders registered in any one of those states can explore the trails of the other two states for free. Starting Friday, any snowmobile legally registered in any of …