State / Region

Streak of Freezing Days Ends in Vt.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Montpelier — Sick of the cold yet? Here’s why. The temperature stayed at or below freezing for 43 consecutive days up until Wednesday in parts of Vermont, making the February freeze both long and deep. Both Montpelier and Rutland recorded their coldest Februaries ever. Montpelier endured a chilly average temperature of 5.1 degrees in February, compared to the normal average of 19.9 degrees. Rutland had an even bigger gap — …

N.H. Bill Requires Cursive in Schools

Friday, March 6, 2015

Concord — As schools adopt new education standards and rely more on computers in the classroom, a group of New Hampshire senators want to make sure the basics of learning cursive and multiplication tables don’t get left behind. “You definitely need to teach typing and keyboarding and all of that, but kids do need to be able to sign their names, they do …

N.H. Senate Signals Fight On Budget

Friday, March 6, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire Senate Republicans made it clear Thursday they do not plan to make budgeting decisions on Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan’s terms. The state’s current $10.7 billion two-year budget cycle ends June 30, and lawmakers are now crafting a new budget based on Hassan’s $11.5 billion proposal for the next cycle. The upper chamber, along party lines, rejected a proposal by …

The Outside Story: Porcupines Waddle Through Winter

Monday, March 2, 2015

The porcupine is one of the most unusual and recognizable mammals in the north woods. And thanks to its short legs and fat body, it’s also one of the slowest. Of course, a porcupine really has little need …

The Cold Hard Facts Tell the Story: February was Frigid

Monday, March 2, 2015

Albany, N.Y. — Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston. “We’re the standout globally,” said Art DeGaetano, director of …

Right-to-Work, Full-Day Kindergarten on Tap in Concord

Monday, March 2, 2015

Concord — The state Senate is preparing to vote on right-to-work legislation, funding for full-day kindergarten and a reduction in two of the state’s significant business taxes. Senators will debate and vote on these bills during Thursday’s session. Returning from a break week, both legislative chambers are also …

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 …