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Vt. Senate Passes Election Day Registration

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Montpelier — The Senate passed an election day registration bill Wednesday after defeating an amendment that would have required voters using the provision to provide voter identification. The legislation, which passed on a voice vote, would allow residents to register to vote on the day of an election. Under current law, a person who wants to cast a vote on Election Day must be registered to vote by the previous …

Playing Dead in Protest

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Concord — Hundreds of people lined the New Hampshire Statehouse halls to protest proposed cuts to education, health services and substance abuse treatment as part of the House’s $11.2 billion budget. The budget would eliminate money Hassan had included to extend substance abuse treatment services to people on traditional Medicaid programs. Hundreds of …

N.H. House OKs Budget Proposal

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Concord — The Republican-led House passed a two-year, $11.2 billion state budget Wednesday that cuts health services for the elderly and people with disabilities, denies state employees a raise and nearly empties the state’s rainy day fund, all to avoid major tax or fee increases. “It’s a balancing act and I think the House produced a budget that will meet the basic needs …

Vermont Tax Deductions Cap Worries Nonprofits

Monday, March 30, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers looking to raise $35 million in new revenue to help close a budget gap are proposing to raise part of that money by putting a new cap on the itemized deductions taken by some income tax filers. But many of Vermont’s charitable and nonprofit …

Free Staters See Freer 2035

Monday, March 30, 2015

Manchester — If the world view of a few dedicated political visionaries comes to pass, folks in New Hampshire could find themselves sitting at the local pub, playing a game of poker for profit, smoking a cigarette, or a joint, if they chose. The lonely could hire a …

New England Steels Itself for Epic Mud Season

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New England’s own Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote, “Life is made up of marble and mud.” In the region’s northern reaches, life will soon be made up of mud, mud and more mud. Mud season is a rite of …

N.H. Family Keeps Small-Time Sawmill Buzzing

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gilmanton, N.H. — On Bob Potter’s farm, the whine of a saw is heard over the grumbling of a diesel-powered engine as he and his boys carry on a family practice begun nearly half a century ago. Moving …

Boston Area Expects Blizzard of Claims After Record Winter

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Boston — After the Big Dig-out, it’s time for the Big Payout. Or will it be the Big Denial? New England’s epic winter is on pace to produce a corresponding number of claims as thousands of homeowners seek …

Boston Police Officer Injured in Shooting

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Boston — A decorated Boston police officer remained in a medically induced coma Saturday, a night after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop that ended when other officers fatally shot his attacker, the city’s …

Ski Lift Firm Issues Warning After Chairlift Accident

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Portland, Maine — A chairlift company is warning U.S. ski resorts to check about 170 lifts for potential problems after engineers announced that a design flaw likely contributed to a weekend accident that injured seven skiers in Maine. …

Vt. State Police Form Major Crime Unit

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Waterbury, Vt. — The Vermont State Police has a new dedicated squad of six investigators who will take the lead on the biggest crimes that are committed in the state and they will look for answers to old, …

Campus Policies Lacking

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lawyers who reviewed how New Hampshire’s public universities and colleges handle sexual harassment and other misconduct said Friday the schools must address specific gaps in policies and practices while also making broader efforts to create a safe campus culture. University System of New Hampshire officials asked attorneys at …

U.S. Senate Passes Belated Energy Bill

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Washington — The U.S. Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. Senators approved the bill by voice vote shortly before beginning …