State / Region

Hassan: Revisit State Budget

Friday, July 3, 2015

White River Junction — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is encouraging legislative leaders to return to the table to consider a compromise on the state’s budget for the 2016-2017 biennium. Hassan vetoed the $11.3 billion budget approved by the Republican-led Legislature last week. A particular sticking point has been business tax cuts which Hassan said would “blow a large hole in future budgets, making investment in our priorities that are …

Larger Veterans Center Opens

Friday, July 3, 2015

White River Junction — Upper Valley veterans have a new space to call their own on the first floor of a new office building on Prospect Street in White River Junction. At the new, larger Vet Center, counselors will continue to provide veterans and their families with care and referral services as they …

States Fight Invasive Ash Borer

Friday, July 3, 2015

Concord — Ever vigilant, researchers in Northern New England have added more tools to help them track the spread of an invasive beetle that has destroyed millions of ash trees. Dangling this year from tree branches all over New Hampshire and Vermont are horizontal chains of bright green funnels designed to attract and …

Tuition Is Going Up In N.H.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Concord — After a two-year freeze, tuition at New Hampshire’s state universities will go up next year. Facing $9 million less than they requested in state funding, University System of New Hampshire officials will raise tuition by 2.75 percent and also cut spending to make up the difference. …

Feds OK N.H. Medicaid Billing System

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Concord — The state’s long-delayed Medicaid billing system has finally received certification from the federal government, officials said Monday, making the state eligible for several years’ worth of back payments in federal money. Officials from Norwalk, Connecticut-based Xerox, the company that built and runs the system, plan to …

Police ID Mass. Plane Crash Victims

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Plainville, Mass. — The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday. Plainville police Chief …

Power Plant Ruling Panned in New England

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Montpelier — A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants. But several government officials and environmental group lawyers said the court’s finding — that …

Bulger to Students: Crime Doesn’t Pay

Monday, June 29, 2015

Boston — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had some advice for three high school girls who wrote to him for a history project: Crime doesn’t pay. The 85-year-old sent the handwritten letter, dated Feb. 24, from …

Vt. Senators Weigh In on Their Colleague

Monday, June 29, 2015

Montpelier — Fourteen of state Sen. Norm McAllister’s 29 Senate colleagues say they would vote to expel him from that body based on what they know now about the criminal sex charges he is facing, an Associated Press survey of senators found. Five senators said they would not …

Vermont Worried About Transportation Funding

Monday, June 29, 2015

Montpelier (ap) — Amid mounting concerns that Congress won’t pass a long-term federal transportation bill this year, Vermont state officials have developed a contingency plan to make sure projects stay on schedule. The Senate Public Works committee unanimously supported a plan this week to allocate $278 billion to …

A President From N.H.? Unlikely

Monday, June 29, 2015

Concord — When it comes to presidents, New Hampshire is much better at picking them than producing them. While the 14th president, Franklin Pierce, was a New Hampshire native, no one else has come close in the 100 years since the state began holding statewide presidential primary elections. …

Abundance of Rain Challenges Farmers

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Montpelier — Farmers welcomed the rain after a dry spring but an abundance of it in June has saturated some low-lying crops, made fields too muddy for farm machinery and delayed the crucial first cutting of hay for …

Police: Surviving Escapee Could Face a Harder Time Alone

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Malone, N.Y. — With his escape partner killed, the surviving convicted murderer who pulled off an elaborate breakout from a maximum-security prison three weeks ago could have a tougher time eluding the army of searchers scouring miles of …