State / Region

FairPoint Blames Huge Losses on Strike, Bad Weather

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications said a four-month strike and a succession of winter storms pushed it deeper into the red in the fourth quarter of 2014. The company reports a net loss of $43.6 million for the quarter. It made $6.1 million in the same quarter in 2013. The North Carolina-based company operates the largest landline telephone network in northern New England. For the year, FairPoint lost more than …

Poll: Most Agree With Setting Aside Single-Payer

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Montpelier — A new poll shows support for Gov. Peter Shumlin’s decision not to pursue a single-payer health care system in Vermont this legislative session. Two months after the governor announced that the state’s economy was not strong enough to support the idea, a VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey shows that nearly two-thirds of respondents agree. Sixty-four percent of poll respondents said they supported …

Fewer Vermont School Budgets Rejected

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Montpelier — Voters across Vermont weren’t as hard on local school budgets this year as they were in 2014, an indication that local school officials were listening to voters who were unhappy with increasing costs last year, two officials said Wednesday. During 2015 town meetings across the state, 20 school budgets were rejected and 226 were approved. On Wednesday, 20 had yet to …

N.H. Residents Worry About Tax Subsidies

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Concord — Physically and financially, yoga instructor Michael Morris already is stretched thin and his health insurance premiums would quadruple if the U.S. Supreme Court eliminates the tax subsidy he gets through President Obama’s health care overhaul law. “We pay just over $200 a month, which is not …

N.H. House to Vote on Tanning Ban

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Concord — Before Jay Farley died from melanoma last year at the age of 30, he asked his parents to educate others about the dangers of using a tanning bed, which doctors linked to his cancer. Gary and Brenda Farley, of Danville, N.H., are now urging New Hampshire …

Marathon Trial Begins In Boston

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Boston — In the two years since twin bombs tore through crowds at the Boston Marathon finish line, the case against suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has focused on arguments over where his trial should be held, who should sit …

Vt. Teachers Vow Spending Cap Fight

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Montpelier — House lawmakers have spent much of the 2015 legislative session looking for ways to curb the growth of property taxes. Their new plan to impose spending caps on school budgets might help accomplish that goal. But it has also earned legislators some new and powerful enemies. …

Poll Supports Gun Checks

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Montpelier — A new VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey shows overwhelming public support for universal background checks on private gun sales in Vermont, yet legislation to do just that has stalled. Seventy-seven percent of respondents said they would support a law that would require all gun sales — except …

Boston Shovels Out, Spars Over Spaces

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Boston — Bostonians have another reason to be steamed about this winter of epic snow: The city is starting to remove the lawn chairs, milk crates, coolers and other items that people put on the street to reserve …

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Vt. Stabbing Death

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Brattleboro, Vt. — A man with a long criminal history pleaded not guilty Monday to a manslaughter charge in the stabbing death of another man at a Westminster home. Lonnie Place, 38, of Westminster, was ordered held without bail after he entered the plea in Vermont Superior Court …

The Outside Story: Porcupines Waddle Through Winter

Monday, March 2, 2015

The porcupine is one of the most unusual and recognizable mammals in the north woods. And thanks to its short legs and fat body, it’s also one of the slowest. Of course, a porcupine really has little need …

The Cold Hard Facts Tell the Story: February was Frigid

Monday, March 2, 2015

Albany, N.Y. — Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston. “We’re the standout globally,” said Art DeGaetano, director of …

Right-to-Work, Full-Day Kindergarten on Tap in Concord

Monday, March 2, 2015

Concord — The state Senate is preparing to vote on right-to-work legislation, funding for full-day kindergarten and a reduction in two of the state’s significant business taxes. Senators will debate and vote on these bills during Thursday’s session. Returning from a break week, both legislative chambers are also …