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Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Marine Patrol Urges Caution After Crashes Laconia, n.h. — New Hampshire Marine Patrol officials have been busy responding to crashes this weekend, and they’re reminding boaters to be careful. Marine Patrol, State Police and local authorities all responded Saturday night when two boats collided on Lake Winnipesaukee in Alton. Officials say one person was hurt when two powerboats crashed around 9:30 p.m. Alcohol was not a factor in that crash, …

Maine Family Has Hike of a Lifetime chian Trail a rarity

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bowdoin College Grant East Township, Maine — A Maine family with two young children may make the record books with its 2,160-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail. David, Emily, Nathan and Maddy Kallin, who began their journey in Georgia at the end of March, are expected to complete the end-to-end hike of the trail on Monday, becoming just the 16th family with young …

Unions Claim FairPoint Not Playing Fair

Monday, September 1, 2014

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have known it had to come to an end. Terms of their Verizon contract had carried over when FairPoint purchased the company’s land-based telephone operations and had been mostly unchanged for 10 years. Workers knew FairPoint, which is struggling to become profitable, would want to save money by reducing benefits. But …

New Rules Are Proposed for Maine Black Sea Bass Fishery

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Portland, Maine (ap) — Maine fishery officials on Friday proposed regulations to manage black sea bass, a species that is increasing in abundance in the state’s waters. The regulations would govern recreational and commercial fishing of the species, said Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher. He …

Motorcyclist Brags to Cops: I Hit 185 MPH

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Concord (ap) — New Hampshire police say a motorcyclist clocked at 127 mph bragged after being arrested that he had reached 185 mph during the chase. State police say 31-year-old David J. Fries, of Manchester, was spotted by a trooper on Interstate 93 in Bow at about 2:45 …

Man Shot by Vt. Police Is Facing New Charges

Sunday, August 31, 2014

St. Johnsbury, Vt. (ap) — A 27-year-old Vermont man recovering from wounds suffered when he was shot by state police following a high-speed chase has pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges from the incident. On Friday, Eric Jackson pleaded not guilty to 10 criminal charges in …

Vermont Offers Three Seminars On Deer Hunting

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Montpelier (ap) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering seminars to help get people started in deer hunting. The department is offering three, three-hour seminars in September that will deal with such topics as basic deer biology, hunting regulations, firearm selection, where to go and …

UNH Starts Community Care Program

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Durham, N.H. (ap) — The University of New Hampshire has created a program to fill a need expressed by medical and social service professionals to bridge services provided by hospitals and those in the community. The certificate program in community care coordination includes courses in a variety of …

Ex-FBI Director Says He’s Thankful for Support

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Montpelier — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said Friday he was grateful for the care and support he has received since he was injured this week in a Vermont car crash. Freeh issued a statement through the office …

N.H. Killers Will Receive New Hearings

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Concord — Four men convicted of murder as teenagers should receive new sentencing hearings in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, New Hampshire’s Supreme Court ruled Friday. The New …

N.H. Education Tax Credit Stays

Friday, August 29, 2014

Concord — The state Supreme Court has left intact a New Hampshire law that creates a business education tax credit to fund scholarships to private schools. In its unanimous ruling Thursday, the justices vacated a lower court ruling that deemed unconstitutional part of the law making religious school …

FairPoint Declares Impasse; Unions Disagree

Friday, August 29, 2014

Portland, Maine — The telephone service provider for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont declared an impasse after four months of labor negotiations, while more than 1,700 workers for the company were advised by union officials Thursday to be on “standby” for a possible strike or lockout. The International …

GOP Senate Hopefuls Argue Credentials

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Concord — With primary rivals questioning his conservatism and consistency, Republican Scott Brown said Wednesday that he had been the most bipartisan U.S. senator with a record of accomplishments “second to none” during his three years in Washington. …