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The Rev. Christopher Coyne, center, is  formally installed as Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington, Vt., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.  Coyne said the church needs to shift from a "church of the establishment," where worshippers come to it, to a "missionary church" that goes out and engages a wider community. (AP Photo/Andy Duback)

Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop installed during Mass

Friday, January 30, 2015

Burlington — The Rev. Christopher Coyne, the Catholic Church’s first blogging priest to be elevated to a bishop, was formally installed as Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop during a Mass on Thursday attended by nearly 1,000 people including representatives of the diocese’s 73 parishes. Bishop Coyne said the church needs to shift from a “church of the establishment,” where worshippers …

Ex-Patriots Player Aaron Hernandez Stands Trial on Murder Charges

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fall River, Mass. — With his old team about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors showed the jury security-camera footage from Hernandez’s own home to tie him to the crime. Hernandez’s lawyer …

N.H. Bill Allows for Concealed Guns Without License

Friday, January 30, 2015

Concord — People who can legally own a gun in New Hampshire would be able to carry their firearm out of sight without having to get a separate license under a bill proposed by three Republican lawmakers, putting a renewed focus on the state’s power to regulate gun rights. The sponsors of the so-called “constitutional carry” bill say it would make New Hampshire …

Mass. Coast Assesses Damage

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Marshfield, Mass. — Some of the areas hardest hit by the blizzard that tore through Massachusetts were on the state’s coastline where oceanfront homes took the brunt of raging seas. In Marshfield, officials were still assessing the damage …

Report Outlines State Government Inefficiencies

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Concord — The fastest way from Manchester to Concord is up Interstate 93, but one state government department asks its employees to take any other route. That’s because on the highway — even if the drive is shorter — workers must pay a toll, and that is an …

Vt. House OKs Ban on Microbeads

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montpelier — The state House voted Tuesday to ban the sale and manufacture of microbeads in personal care products and over-the-counter drugs. In one of the first acts of the legislative session, the House gave preliminary approval on a voice vote to H.4, a bill intended to outlaw …

Vermont to Look at Aid-in-Dying Law

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montpelier — The first Legislature in the country to pass an aid-in-dying law may revisit the issue, as a key backer says changes to automatically take effect in mid-2016 would remove too many patient protections. “We’ve got to figure out how to keep it safe,” Sen. Claire Ayer, …

In Some States, Storm Hype Well Warranted

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Boston — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 feet of snow. The storm punched out a …

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 …

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 …

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. …

N.H. Nursing Homes Could Lose Millions

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 …