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A state-run liquor store is seen just off Intersate 95 in Portmouth, N.H., Sunday, May 22, 2011. Some Maine lawmakers  say Maine's tax burdens make it tough to compete with New Hamsphire where there is no income or sales tax. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

New Hampshire Liquor Commission cautions that new competition south of the border could be drain on sales

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Concord — The state Liquor Commission is warning lawmakers that a new spirits retailer planning to expand in Massachusetts could be a drain on New Hampshire sales. Maryland-based Total Wine & More, a big-box national chain, is set to open a store in Natick, Mass. The launch of the liquor chain in the Bay State could lead to a loss …

New England’s Long Winter Delays Gardening Season

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Montpelier — The historic barrage of snow and cold that struck New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses — and gardeners clamoring to get their hands in the dirt. The growing season is one to two weeks behind schedule after a winter …

Civil War ‘Silent Sentinels’ Still on Guard in North, South

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saratoga Springs, n.y. — After the Civil War ended in April 1865, statues depicting Union and Confederate soldiers went up across the country, from New England squares to Southern courthouses. A century and a half later, these weathered “Silent Sentinels” still stand guard, rifles at the ready, gazing off in the distance. For …

Replica of French Frigate Sets Sail for Boston

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fouras, France — With champagne, fireworks and a presidential blessing, a painstakingly built replica of the frigate once used to bring French troops and funds to American revolutionaries set sail Saturday for the U.S. East Coast. With the …

U.S. Marshals Service Arrests 41 Fugitives in Vermont

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Burlington — The U.S. Marshals Service says a total of 41 fugitives have been arrested in Vermont as part of a six-week national enforcement effort. Law enforcement focused on fugitives wanted for violent crimes, including murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, robbery and sexual assault. They also targeted fugitives with …

Tillotson Fund Awards Grants to N.H. Groups

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Concord — The town of Pittsburg, N.H., will receive $25,000 to build a gazebo and walking path at the town park as part of more than $575,000 in grants awarded by a charitable foundation to 16 organizations and projects throughout New Hampshire and bordering communities in Vermont and …

N.H. Firm’s Tech Glitch Delays Tests

Friday, April 17, 2015

Las Vegas — Federal funding could be at stake as Common Core testing problems continued in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota, state and U.S. officials said. The three states contract with New Hampshire-based Measured Progress to administer the tests that are linked to hotly disputed, federally backed education …

N.H.’s Shaheen Backs Push To Put Woman on $20 Bill

Friday, April 17, 2015

Concord — The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen filed legislation this week that would create a citizens panel to recommend an appropriate choice to the treasury secretary. …

Vt. House Passes Gun Bill

Friday, April 17, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House on Friday passed a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and people who are dangerously mentally ill. The measure approved by an 80-62 vote is similar to a version already approved by the Senate. One difference is …

State Approves Mt. Sunapee Expansion

Friday, April 17, 2015

Newbury, n.h. — The state gave preliminary and conditional approval Thursday to a long-contentious expansion on Mount Sunapee. At a meeting in Newbury, Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose said the west bowl expansion could …

Auditor: Exchange Future Uncertain

Friday, April 17, 2015

Montpelier — Despite massive and costly efforts to improve Vermont Health Connect, State Auditor Doug Hoffer says it remains an “open question” whether the state can successfully implement a fully functioning health insurance exchange. In a report released Thursday morning, Hoffer highlights the state’s improved supervision of contractors …

Vt. House Advances New Gun Restriction Bill

Friday, April 17, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill to allow the state prosecution of some convicted criminals for possession of firearms and to require the reporting of individuals deemed dangerously mentally ill to a federal background check system. The House voted, 79-60, and is …

Harsh Winter No Issue for Ticks

Friday, April 17, 2015

Albany, n.y. — Think you’re safe from ticks because the harsh winter froze them or because you haven’t been trekking through the woods? Think again. Researchers focused on ticks and the debilitating diseases they spread say the heavy snow that blanketed the Northeast this winter was like a …