State / Region

Vermont Systems Monitoring Champlain Water for Algae

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Montpelier — The 22 water systems in Vermont that draw from Lake Champlain are participating in a program to regularly monitor for a potentially toxic blue-green algae that shut down service to 400,000 customers in Ohio last summer. While scientists say this summer is shaping up to be a bad year for blue-green algae on Lake Champlain, there have been a few reports of small amounts of the toxin detected …

Motorcycle Week Rally Posts 1st Loss Since ’07

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Laconia, N.H. (ap) — Laconia’s Motorcycle Week ended with the rally losing money for the first time since 2007. City Manager Scott Myers said staging the event cost almost $150,000 and made just over $146,000. Laconia typically uses a portion of the profits from the rally to purchase new items for the police and fire departments. Myers attributed the losses to an increase …

Carroll County Mulls Bankruptcy

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ossipee, N.H. (ap) — Carroll County is considering filing for bankruptcy to close a budget shortfall of about $2 million. The county may freeze payments, raise taxes and cut funding to outside agencies. All of the county attorney’s assistant prosecutors have quit in the last two months after the budget passed in March. Commissioner Denny Miller also resigned Friday amid tensions between the …

Hassan, GOP Lawmakers Talking; Still No Budget

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Concord — The state is entering the second month of a budget stalemate and Republican leaders say a compromise could be months away even as discussions continue between GOP lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. In the meantime, …

Vermont Gas Fined for Silence on Costs

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Montpelier — The state Public Service Board on Friday announced it would fine Vermont Gas Systems $100,000 for its slowness in reporting the first of two big cost increases on its pipeline project to extend its system down the state’s western side. Vermont’s only supplier of piped natural …

Court Rejects Retrial In 1971 N.H. Murder

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Concord — A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman more than four decades ago has lost his latest attempt to get a new trial. Robert Breest, 77, claims he was wrongly convicted of beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially clothed body onto …

Vt. Moves To Restrict Synthetics

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Health Department is looking to add 75 new synthetic drugs to the state’s list of regulated substances. The drugs to be added include some synthetic cannabinoids, as well as acetyl-fentanyl, a chemical that is sometimes cut into heroin that can be deadly when dosed …

Local & Regional Briefs for Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Lightning Causes Lebanon Condo Fire Lebanon — The fire chief said lightning struck a condominium on Thursday, sparking an attic fire. The fire in the attic of 27 Rio Vista, Unit 302, was first reported as an “unknown alarm sounding and a possible building struck by lightning” around …

Vt. Inmates Unhappy in New Prison

Friday, July 31, 2015

Montpelier — Less than a month after Vermont’s out-of-state inmates were moved from a private prison in Kentucky to one in Michigan, prisoner complaints range from limited TV programming to unattended medical concerns. The complaints, detailed in a letter from inmate Shaun Bryer to Gordon Bock, head of …

Dems Consider Event Namesakes

Friday, July 31, 2015

Concord — Democratic parties in the three states that start the presidential nominating process are exploring ending their association with two former White House occupants: Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Accelerating a trend that goes back years, committees in several states recently have distanced themselves from the slave-owning …

‘D’ for Democracy in Granite State

Friday, July 31, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s democracy just brought home its report card — and it’s full of D’s and F’s, according to a report released Thursday by Open Democracy, a New Hampshire organization working to reduce the influence of …

WRJ VA Focuses on Homeless

Thursday, July 30, 2015

White River Junction — It’s summertime, but for some veterans who returned to northern New England after their military service, the living is not easy. For those without homes, winter likely will be even worse. Some have general health problems. Others cope with mental illness or substance abuse. …

Planned Parenthood Seeks Study

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Washington — Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government’s top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine. Planned Parenthood’s request to the National Institutes of Health …