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N.H. Drops to 4th, Vt. Stays No. 2 in Child Well-Being Survey

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont kept its No. 2 national ranking in the well-being of the state’s children, ranking highly on education, family and community factors, according to statistics compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. New Hampshire has dropped from its traditional top spot to fourth. The Foundation’s 2014 Kids Count report released today measures 16 indicators from four groups that measure a child’s well-being: economic well-being, education, health, and family …

Sanders: ‘If I Think I Can, I Will Run’

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — As a resident of Iowa, Jeff Cox has never voted for Bernie Sanders. But he’s hoping to have the chance to soon. Cox is a longtime Democratic activist, and the point man for a Johnson County steering committee aimed at drafting Sanders for the 2016 presidential contest. For Cox, and other like-minded Iowans, whose early caucuses give them outsized importance when …

Welch Backs Internet Sales Tax to Strengthen Businesses

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Montpelier — Rep. Peter Welch is hopeful that Congress will pass a bill this summer that will allow individual states to impose their sales tax on items purchased on the Internet. Welch, D-Vt., said the plan will help strengthen downtown businesses and will raise new revenue for many states. Right now, states are allowed to require businesses to collect the sales tax on …

Protesters Foil Market Basket Deliveries

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Concord — At least five managers from the Market Basket on Storrs Street attended a rally at the company’s headquarters in Massachusetts Friday to show support for ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and rebellion against his replacements. The store did not receive a scheduled delivery of perishable goods, …

Officials: Unlicensed Mortician Held Remains

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Boston — An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 others in two self-storage units …

Vermont Sets Lower and Consistent Speed Limit Along Route 4

Friday, July 18, 2014

Woodstock — The state of Vermont is reducing speed limits along Route 4 between Bridgewater and Hartford to smooth out changes in speed and give drivers more time to react in emergencies along a state highway where five …

Hassan Got Early Donation

Friday, July 18, 2014

Concord — A $25,000 contribution from a labor union’s political action committee to Gov. Maggie Hassan was the subject of a complaint filed Wednesday by the New Hampshire Republican Party with the state Attorney General. Reports filed with the Secretary of State’s Office in June show the International …

Shumlin Administration Launches Pot Legalization Study

Friday, July 18, 2014

Montpelier — The Shumlin Administration is taking a serious look at the possibility of legalizing marijuana in Vermont. And to look at the pros and cons, the administration has reached an agreement with the Rand Corporation, a nonprofit international research organization, to conduct a thorough investigation of the …

Hassan: Gas Tax Helps State

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lebanon — Gov. Maggie Hassan on Wednesday defended a 4.2-cent increase in New Hampshire’s gas tax that took effect this month, saying it would benefit the state economy through the projects it funded. “We knew that without an …

Gov. Shumlin Leads Pack in Fundraising

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Montpelier — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne has raised just over $20,000 in his quest to unseat Democrat Peter Shumlin, according to campaign finance documents filed Tuesday. Milne, a businessman from Pomfret, announced on the last day to file as a candidate — June 12 — that he …

Errors Riddle Sex Offender Records in Vt.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Montpelier — A new review of Vermont’s sex offender registry found critical errors in nearly 11 percent of offender records, calling into question the reliability of the registry, state Auditor Doug Hoffer said Wednesday. The audit found critical errors in 253 of the 2,340 records in the registry. …

Founding Father’s Historic N.H. Home for Sale

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kingston, n.h. — The home of New Hampshire Declaration of Independence signer Josiah Bartlett is up for sale after being in the family for seven generations. The 18-acre property in Kingston offers a white 4,600-square-foot, four-bedroom farmhouse that …

Auction Date Set for Plainfield Tax-Evading Duo’s Property

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Concord — Federal officials are once again preparing to sell the New Hampshire compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding law enforcement officials at bay for nine months in 2007. The auction of Ed and Elaine Brown’s fortress-like home on 100 …