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Two men walk across the street in  as seen through the frozen window pane of a cafe on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 during a snowstorm in New Bedford, Mass.  The second winter storm in four days to hit the Northeast is expected to bring blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts and leave behind as much as 18 inches of snow.    (Peter Pereira/Standard Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Region Digs Out From Nor’easter

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Boston — A wind-driven winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod fell short of forecast snowfall totals and spared the Northeast the widespread power outages that had been predicted. Snowflakes were still flying Tuesday as New England residents continued to mop up from Monday’s storm. And the misery may not be over. The National Weather Service forecast scattered …

Local & Regional Briefs: Wednesday, Feb. 10

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Convict in Student Killing Denied Parole Concord — A man serving a life sentence for the rape and slaying of a University of New Hampshire student has been conditionally denied parole for a lesser charge associated with that crime. Seth Mazzaglia asked the state parole board Tuesday for parole on a witness tampering charge that’s tied to the 2012 death of 19-year-old Elizabeth …

Vt. AG Drops Probe

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Montpelier — The state Attorney General’s Office has dropped its criminal investigation into whether an environmental activist operated as a lawyer without a law license in her advocacy for critics of large-scale wind and solar power projects before state regulators. The office said on Monday it had examined the claims against Annette Smith and decided to take no action. News of the investigation …

Vt. Restricts Access to Guns For Violent Domestic Abusers

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Montpelier — The need to protect potential victims in domestic violence cases helped lead the Vermont Legislature, which traditionally has been reluctant to restrict gun ownership, to take first steps toward making it harder for people with violent histories to get firearms. During the past two years, the …

Southern New England Digs Out

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Boston (ap) — Southern New England is digging out from its first big snowfall of the season that dumped more than a foot in some places and left tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power, as forecasters eye another potential winter storm early this week. The …

Voters Prep for Turn in Spotlight

Saturday, February 6, 2016

West Lebanon — In accordance with a newly implemented piece of a 2012 voter identification law, New Hampshire voters on Tuesday can expect to be asked to present a photo ID to election officials before casting a ballot. …

Parts of New England See Season’s First Significant Snowfall

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Boston — A winter storm packing heavy, wet snow gave New England its first real taste of winter Friday, toppling trees and knocking out power to more than 180,000 customers and threatening to cover some spots a foot …

McAllister Trial Delayed

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Montpelier (ap) — The trial on sex charges of suspended state Sen. Norman McAllister has been moved from this month to May, lawyers said Friday, lessening the likelihood that lawmakers would be called away from their duties to testify as witnesses. Defense lawyer Brooks McArthur and Franklin County …

In State of State, Hassan Gives Three Priorities for Final Year

Friday, February 5, 2016

Concord — With her Statehouse term winding down and her U.S. Senate campaign beginning, Gov. Maggie Hassan used her final State of the State address Thursday to argue that fighting the opioid crisis, reauthorizing Medicaid expansion and investing …

Vt. GMO Labeling Law Nears

Friday, February 5, 2016

Washington — The food industry is pressuring Congress to act before the state of Vermont requires food labels for genetically modified ingredients. At issue is how food companies will deal with Vermont’s law. They could make separate food …

Vt. Senate OKs Paid Sick Leave

Friday, February 5, 2016

Montpelier — The state Senate on Wednesday approved a new mandate requiring all businesses in Vermont to offer sick leave benefits to employees. The legislation will now go back to the House, where lawmakers may concur or amend the Senate version. Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he would …

Local & Regional Briefs: Friday, Feb. 5

Friday, February 5, 2016

Orford Woman Sentenced In WRJ McDonald’s Crash White River Junction — A 52-year-old woman who crashed into the White River Junction McDonald’s last February pleaded no contest to refusing to take an alcohol breath test after the accident. …

Nuclear Commission OKs Vermont Yankee Plans

Friday, February 5, 2016

Montpelier — The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, despite objections voiced by state officials, is giving positive reviews to the decommissioning plans developed by the owner of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. “We do not have any concerns or objections to the decommissioning road map that Entergy has …