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In this photo taken Wed. Nov. 12, 2014  successful deer hunters check in their deer at the check station in Hillsboro, N.H. Fish and Wildlife officials suspect that interest from local food connoisseurs is helping to level off a drop in the number of hunting license holders nationally, which has been on a steady decline over the last 30 years.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Locavore Movement Tries Deer Hunting

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Montpelier — A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters — people who demand locally produced food, but don’t know the first thing about bagging a deer. Books and blogs on the topic are numerous, and state wildlife departments are offering introductory deer hunting classes in urban areas …

Case of Keene Parking Meter ‘Robin Hoods’ Before Top Court

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Keene, N.H. — The self-styled “Robin Hooders” race to the rescue of the parking peasantry, pumping quarters into their expired meters and leaving behind cards informing them they have been saved from “the king’s tariff.” Nobody, not even the king — in this case the quaint New Hampshire college town of Keene — …

Former Nobel Prize Group Winner Dies

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Providence, R.I. — David Greer, a doctor who co-founded a group that won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for working to prevent nuclear war and who helped transform the medical school at Brown University, has died. He was 89. Greer was a founding director of the Nobel-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of …

Buffalo Hit With 5½ Feet, More to Come

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Buffalo, n.y. — Homeowners opened their front doors to find themselves sealed in by sheer walls of white. Shovelers turned walkways into head-high canyons. A woman gave birth in a firehouse after the snow prevented her from reaching …

Daughter a No-Show in Custody Case

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Concord — A decade after a mother fled to Central America with her 8-year-old, New Hampshire authorities and the woman’s ex-husband still don’t know where the daughter is. “It’s very hard for us to reconcile our mental image of her as a 7-year-old girl with the reality that …

Man Saves Baby From Sunken Car

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Portland, Maine — A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her …

Study: Mass. Schools Target Minorities

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Boston — Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor …

Vermonters Won’t Pay for ‘Stupid’ Remark

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Montpelier — An economist who said “the stupidity of the American voter” helped pass the complex federal health care law has agreed to finish his work on Vermont’s health insurance systems for free, a top state official said Wednesday. But the state will continue to pay assistants working …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Police: Father, Son Murdered; Vt. Woman Jailed Townshend, Vt. — A father and son were shot to death at a home in Townshend and a woman is being held without bail in connection with the shooting, Vermont State Police said Wednesday. Robin O’Neill, 62, is expected to be …

Conference Examines Aging Area

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Portsmouth, n.h. — Accommodating the needs of Northern New England’s aging population is both a struggle and a potential source for economic growth, speakers at a three-state summit said Tuesday. The median age in Maine — 43.9 years — is the nation’s highest, and Vermont and New Hampshire …

Mediation Fails in FairPoint Strike

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Portland, Maine — The first meeting between FairPoint Communications and union representatives in nearly three months took an hour Tuesday and made no progress toward ending an impasse that led to a strike in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Both the company and unions representing more than 1,700 …

O’Brien Back As GOP Pick For Speaker

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Concord — State Rep. Bill O’Brien is once again Republicans’ choice for speaker of the House, topping fellow former speaker Gene Chandler by four votes during Tuesday’s caucus. “It’s the highlight of my life to look over at …

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Town Manager Will Return To Finance Director’s Job Newport — Town Manager Paul Brown told the Selectboard Monday night he will not extend his contract beyond June 30 next year and at that time will return to his previous position as Finance Director/Assistant Town Manager. Brown was promoted …