State / Region

N.H. Firm’s Tech Glitch Delays Tests

Friday, April 17, 2015

Las Vegas — Federal funding could be at stake as Common Core testing problems continued in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota, state and U.S. officials said. The three states contract with New Hampshire-based Measured Progress to administer the tests that are linked to hotly disputed, federally backed education standards. “We expect states to hold Measured Progress accountable, just like we expect the states to hold the districts accountable” for testing, …

N.H.’s Shaheen Backs Push To Put Woman on $20 Bill

Friday, April 17, 2015

Concord — The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen filed legislation this week that would create a citizens panel to recommend an appropriate choice to the treasury secretary. She is hoping to build on the work of Women on 20s, a national campaign …

Vt. House Passes Gun Bill

Friday, April 17, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House on Friday passed a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and people who are dangerously mentally ill. The measure approved by an 80-62 vote is similar to a version already approved by the Senate. One difference is that the Senate bill calls for an 18-month waiting period before someone deemed no longer …

N.H. Works to Address Woes at Rehab Center

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s health commissioner said Tuesday he bears responsibility for failures of oversight at a facility that cares for people with brain injuries. Lakeview Neuro-Rehabilitation Center, in Effingham, N.H., has been the subject of scrutiny from the state since the Disability Rights Center issued complaints last …

Shumlin Supports Sick Leave Bill

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Montpelier — A more business-friendly version of a paid sick leave bill emerged Tuesday in the House, prompting Gov. Peter Shumlin to endorse the bill and a House committee to delay a vote on it. The version of the bill that came back to life last week included …

Vt. Eases Off School Mergers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration has reversed its position on the education reform bill. The legislation, which passed the House last month, was originally supported by the Vermont Agency of Education. On Friday, Bill Talbott, the deputy secretary, told lawmakers that the agency wanted to back away from …

Peace, Love, Remembrance

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Burlington — Aside from peace signs and food cooperatives, the 1970s influx of longhair youth to Vermont brought experimental communes to the hillsides and social activism, as well as drug use and fears of a hippie invasion. Now …

Early Signs Show Promise for Moose Herd

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Concord — Early indications show some promise for a New Hampshire moose herd that has been wobbled by a rising infestation of a troubling parasite, the state’s top moose scientist said. Kristine Rines, a wildlife biologist and the …

Chocolate as Bear Bait Stirs N.H. Debate

Monday, April 13, 2015

Concord — In a state with rich hunting traditions, changing the rules can inspire passionate debate, so at a crowded public hearing to discuss a contentious proposal to ban chocolate as bait for bears, the executive director of …

Massachusetts Woman Passionate About Being a Foster Mom for Dogs

Monday, April 13, 2015

Lynn, Mass. — Betty Bare loves dogs — she has adopted 29 since 2008 for foster care stays — caring and loving all of them with the goal of finding loving homes for the pooches. “I’ve had dogs …

Vt. Liquor Chief Paid Thousands in Overtime

Monday, April 13, 2015

Montpelier (ap) — Vermont’s chief liquor enforcement officer had a longstanding deal with the agency’s director to be paid 10 hours of overtime each week, public records show. Director of liquor enforcement William Goggins received more than $162,000 in overtime over the past 14 years, according to the …

Vt. Wind Power Takes Back Seat

Monday, April 13, 2015

Montpelier — A few years back, large-scale wind projects dominated the renewable energy discussion in Vermont as vocal opponents decried the destruction of pristine mountaintops and the details of construction plans grabbed headlines. But the commotion has died down, and now the conversation is focused on solar power. …

Vt. Bill Would Remove Dams In Bad Shape

Monday, April 13, 2015

Lawmakers are considering legislation aimed at removing poorly maintained dams from Vermont’s rivers and streams. Proponents of the measure say it will improve public safety and the environment. Towns that own dams cite cost as a concern. State officials worry workload would increase without additional resources. Rep. David …