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FairPoint Blames Huge Losses on Strike, Bad Weather

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications said a four-month strike and a succession of winter storms pushed it deeper into the red in the fourth quarter of 2014. The company reports a net loss of $43.6 million for the quarter. It made $6.1 million in the same quarter in 2013. The North Carolina-based company operates the largest landline telephone network in northern New England. For the year, FairPoint lost more than …

Poll: Most Agree With Setting Aside Single-Payer

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Montpelier — A new poll shows support for Gov. Peter Shumlin’s decision not to pursue a single-payer health care system in Vermont this legislative session. Two months after the governor announced that the state’s economy was not strong enough to support the idea, a VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey shows that nearly two-thirds of respondents agree. Sixty-four percent of poll respondents said they supported …

Fewer Vermont School Budgets Rejected

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Montpelier — Voters across Vermont weren’t as hard on local school budgets this year as they were in 2014, an indication that local school officials were listening to voters who were unhappy with increasing costs last year, two officials said Wednesday. During 2015 town meetings across the state, 20 school budgets were rejected and 226 were approved. On Wednesday, 20 had yet to …

N.H. Debates Sex Offender Residency

Monday, March 2, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s legislature is once again debating measures that would ban municipalities from restricting where sex offenders can live, even as some other states are making such restrictions tougher. The legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is expected to send the proposals to the full …

ECFiber Seeks ‘Street’ Cred

Sunday, March 1, 2015

South Royalton — After nearly seven years and 200 miles of cable, a central Vermont community-owned fiber-optic network is hoping to accelerate its build-out by again seeking investment from Wall Street. “We’re sort of on the cusp of …

Vt. House Approves Changes to Current Use

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House on Thursday unanimously approved an increased penalty on landowners who choose to develop land enrolled in the state’s current use program. The current use program offers tax breaks to property owners who preserve their land for forestry or agricultural production. Municipalities are reimbursed …

Youth Hockey Players Escape Rink Roof Collapse

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Canton, Mass. — A youth hockey team escaped without injury when part of a snow-weighted roof collapsed at a skating rink on Saturday morning, officials said. Police in Canton said the rear portion of the roof at the …

FairPoint Labor Pact Appealing to Buyers

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications said it needed to bring costs and benefits into sync with competitors in the telecommunications industry. By doing just that in a new labor pact, the company has made itself more attractive to potential buyers, an analyst and workers say. Workers said during …

Federal Panel: Marathon Bombing Trial Will Stay in Boston

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Boston — Publicity hasn’t jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s right to an impartial jury, a federal appeals panel says, and opening statements can proceed this week as scheduled in the city where the deadly explosions occurred almost two years ago. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of …

Conference Examines 1st-Generation Challenges

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Providence, R.I. — Brown University junior Stanley Stewart said he always knew going to college would be a way out of poverty. The second-youngest of six siblings, Stewart, 20, said when he got accepted to Brown, he felt …

Vt. House Speaker Builds Economic Development Panel

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Montpelier — A call by Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith for economic development proposals has generated more than 200 strategies from about 75 people and organizations. Now a panel of private sector officials is looking through the submissions and will help create new legislation. Smith said the exercise …

Welcome to Lake Winnipesaukee Airport

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Alton, N.H. — Winter on Lake Winnipesaukee means ice fishing, hockey tournaments and, if the ice is strong enough, airplanes. After being grounded by bad ice and worse weather for most of the winter, the Alton Bay Seaplane …

N.H. Fish and Game Working On 10-Year Management Plan

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Concord (ap) — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are crafting their next 10-year game management plan and are seeking input from the public. The current plan expires at the end of this year. The goal of the plan is to set regional population goals for moose, deer, …