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Theresa Boutin, of West Lebanon, delivers a meal to a client of the Upper Valley Senior Center's Home Delivery Meals in Lebanon Monday, March 30, 2015. The New Hampshire legislature may cut funding to programs state wide that bring meals to the homes of those that are not able to prepare food for themselves. "They need a little tender care, they do," said Boutin of the Home Delivery Meals recipients who often have little or no family to look in on them. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Meals on Wheels Could See Cuts

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lebanon — Despite the efforts of some state legislators to preserve funding for elder services in the biennial budget process, Grafton County officials said that the deep cuts proposed could make it harder for Granite State senior citizens to live independently. The Republican-dominated House Finance Committee last week approved a $10.6 million decrease in general non-Medicaid appropriations — that’s a …

Police: Mom Shot Girls, Self

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bedford, N.H. — A 34-year-old woman shot and killed her two young daughters at their New Hampshire home before killing herself, authorities said Monday. Assistant Attorney General Jay McCormack said police received a 911 call Saturday regarding a deceased woman at the home in Bedford. When officers arrived, they found two more people dead, he said. The attorney general’s office on Monday identified …

Obama Transportation Package Would Send Vt. $253 Million

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Montpelier — The No. 2 official at the Vermont Agency of Transportation says it’s uncertain what an Obama administration proposal of $253 million in transportation funding for the state will mean. Chris Cole, the agency’s deputy secretary, said it would take time for officials to dig into hundreds of pages of details about the federal funding before understanding the full implications. The Obama …

Ski Lift Firm Issues Warning After Chairlift Accident

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Portland, Maine — A chairlift company is warning U.S. ski resorts to check about 170 lifts for potential problems after engineers announced that a design flaw likely contributed to a weekend accident that injured seven skiers in Maine. …

Vt. State Police Form Major Crime Unit

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Waterbury, Vt. — The Vermont State Police has a new dedicated squad of six investigators who will take the lead on the biggest crimes that are committed in the state and they will look for answers to old, …

Campus Policies Lacking

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lawyers who reviewed how New Hampshire’s public universities and colleges handle sexual harassment and other misconduct said Friday the schools must address specific gaps in policies and practices while also making broader efforts to create a safe campus culture. University System of New Hampshire officials asked attorneys at …

U.S. Senate Passes Belated Energy Bill

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Washington — The U.S. Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. Senators approved the bill by voice vote shortly before beginning …

Man Facing Deportation Wants New Trial in Case

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Montpelier — A man convicted on charges that he lied on a U.S. immigration form about his role in Bosnian war crimes is asking for a new trial, claiming jurors based the conviction on allegations prosecutors made during the trial rather than charges in his indictment. Attorneys for …

N.H. Senate Bill Would Add 30-Day Rule

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire voters would be required to live in the state for 30 days prior to voting if a bill passed by the Senate on Thursday goes into effect. The bill’s supporters called it a reasonable effort to avoid “drive-by” voting and other voter fraud, but …

New Hampshire Eases Rules for Administering Anti-Overdose Drug

Friday, March 27, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire safety officials are offering police officers a training course on administering life-saving doses of Narcan to people who overdose on heroin, painkillers and other opioids. The eight-hour course is available immediately and those who complete it attain the new licensing level of law enforcement …

N.H. Senate Approves New Restrictions on Welfare Purchases

Friday, March 27, 2015

Concord — The Republican-led Senate voted Thursday to prohibit more than 12,000 New Hampshire welfare recipients from using their cash benefits to buy alcohol, tobacco, firearms and several other items. “We want to help people who are in need,” said Republican Sen. Jeanie Forrester, the bill’s prime sponsor. …

Murder Charge Dropped in 2010 Slaying

Friday, March 27, 2015

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — One of three men charged with breaking into the home of a 78-year-old grandmother and killing her agreed to cooperate with authorities in exchange for the dismissal of murder charges against him, the prosecutor …

Universities, Renewable Energy Cut

Friday, March 27, 2015

Concord — House budget writers voted Thursday to keep the state university system funded at current levels and raid $50 million from the renewable energy fund to avoid $68 million in cuts — and hundreds of layoffs — in the Department of Transportation. House Republican leaders had said …