State / Region

Fishing Regulators Approve Habitat Changes

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Portland, Maine — Federal fishery regulators say they will keep much-debated protections for Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine in place as part of a broad effort to alter the scope of New England’s fishing grounds. The decision to preserve Cashes Ledge came as the New England Fishery Management Council debated changes to habitat protections in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, southern New England waters and other key …

Marathon Bomber Trial Puts Focus on Boston’s Muslims

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Boston — Boston’s Muslim community has been once again thrust into the spotlight as the death penalty trial of convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev nears its conclusion amid rising concerns of terrorist recruitment in America. Newspaper op-eds, advertisements and social media posts have highlighted connections between Boston-area mosques and terrorists and suspected terrorists, …

Vt. Ban on Trashing Recyclables Looms

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Montpelier — Vermonters should think twice before throwing that empty water bottle in the trash bin. Starting July 1, recyclables such as metal, glass, certain plastics and paper will be banned from landfills as part of a goal of recycling and composting certain solid waste by 2020. For trash haulers that do not already collect recyclables, that means a change. “The idea behind …

Public Input Sought on Preservation

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Concord (ap) — The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is seeking input from the public as it prepares the state’s preservation plan for 2016 to 2020. The plan celebrates preservation success stories, highlights lessons learned and lays out a vision for preserving the state’s historical places for …

Laconia to Host 2015 Pumpkin Fest

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Laconia, n.h. — The annual New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival has a new home in the city of Laconia after its longtime host city declined to issue a permit following violence that led to more than 100 arrests near …

Vt. Senate Committee Mulls Tax

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Montpelier — The Senate Finance Committee is considering an extension of the sales tax that would go into effect over the next two years. Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, says the proposal would extend the sales tax to soda, candy and bottled water starting July 1. The tax would …

N.H. Insurance Department Exploring Health Payment Reforms

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Concord — Health care spending is high and rising in New Hampshire, and the state should consider holding both providers and insurers accountable for improving quality and containing costs, consultants hired by the insurance department said Friday. The department hired Compass Health Analytics and University of Massachusetts Medical …

Fewer Bears In N.H. Fish & Game 10-Year Plan

Friday, April 24, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s black bear population is at a record level, according to the state Fish and Game Department. The state is home to an estimated 5,700 black bears. In its proposed 10-year management plan, Fish and …

New England Teams Up on Energy

Friday, April 24, 2015

Hartford, Conn. — New England’s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions to cut persistently high energy costs. Five of the region’s six governors said they will work across the region while each state pursues individual projects. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan did not …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Emails Show Hassan Asked Sony CEO For Campaign Cash Concord — A fundraising pitch from Gov. Maggie Hassan’s campaign to the chief executive officer of Sony Entertainment is among the documents released in last year’s Sony hack that are now posted on Wikileaks. The emails show Hassan’s campaign …

Vt. Senate Plan Keeps Prison Open

Friday, April 24, 2015

Montpelier — The Senate Appropriations Committee has scrapped plans to shutter Southeast State Correctional Facility. The committee removed language from the budget bill, H.490, that would have initiated a two-year plan to close the Windsor facility, but the committee kept language calling for the Department of Corrections to …

Vt. Proposes Ban on Ivory Sale

Friday, April 24, 2015

Montpelier — A debate in Vermont over a proposed ban on the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horns in the small New England state is bringing home much wider issues of international terrorism and animal extinction. The latest concern among supporters of the proposed ban is a move …

Vt. Senate Panels OKs School Merger Plan

Friday, April 24, 2015

Montpelier — The Senate Education Committee has unanimously passed H.361, the education reform bill, following testimony Wednesday evening from dozens of Vermont parents, teachers, school board members, administrators and citizens. The Senate version of H.361 contains generous incentives to spur more school district mergers. The goal of the …