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Author: Smart Should Be Granted Parole

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Manchester — A woman whose book To Die For was inspired by the case of Pamela Smart, who plotted with her teenage lover to kill her husband, is asking the governor to consider parole. Smart, who began an affair with 15-year-old Billy Flynn when she was a media coordinator at his high school, was convicted in 1991 of being an accomplice to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

N.Y. Man Held in N.H. After High-Speed Police Chase Claremont — A 37-year-old New York man who was arrested over the weekend after a high-speed chase through several New Hampshire communities is being held on $10,000 cash bail following his arraignment Tuesday. Among the charges against Robert Leibensperger, of Clifton Park, N.Y., are aggravated driving while intoxicated, disobeying a police officer and reckless …

Bill Creates College Savings For Vt. Kids

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont will soon join a number of other states in launching a children’s savings account program aimed at encouraging more low-income children, and their parents, to consider higher education. Under a bill passed by the Legislature, savings accounts will be opened for every baby born in Vermont — $250 will be deposited for those who are not low-income, $500 for those …

Civil War-Era Music Returns to N.H.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Concord — Civil War-era music arranged for one of the Union Army’s best regimental bands has returned to its roots for Memorial Day weekend. The 3rd Regiment Band of the New Hampshire Volunteers, largely recruited from the Concord …

Brookfield’s Famed Floating Bridge Reopens

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Brookfield, Vt. — A tiny Vermont town’s famous wooden floating bridge — believed to be the only one of its kind in the country — has been rebuilt and is reopening this weekend with fanfare including a parade …

Unionized Workforce Battles Bath Iron Works Leadership

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bath, Maine — The last time Bath Iron Works looked beyond Navy shipbuilding, workers agreed to a contract aimed at boosting efficiency by allowing shipbuilders to learn and perform multiple tasks. President Clinton heaped praise on the shipyard for innovation, but those provisions were tossed aside a couple …

Hero’s Lost Purple Heart Reunited With Grandson

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Albany, n.y. — Six years before he died in a car crash, Daniel W. Quinlan was among the 138 World War I veterans to receive the first Purple Heart medals issued by the U.S. military. His family lost …

N.H. Park Honors African Burial Site

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Concord — From installing sculptures to planting grass, constructing Portsmouth’s newest park posed a unique challenge: deep digging was off limits given the hundreds of bodies buried below the site. The remains, however, are the very reason for …

Prison Populations Dropping in Vt.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Montpelier — The Department of Corrections passed a milestone this week as Vermont’s prison population dropped to its lowest point since 2002. According to a population count as of Wednesday, the number of Vermonters in correctional facilities dropped to 1,892 — about 350 fewer inmates than there were …

Vermont’s Food Stamp Errors Down

Friday, May 22, 2015

Montpelier — After error rates plagued Vermont’s food stamp program for years, the state is now back in line with federal requirements, and trends point to continued improvements, the Department for Children and Families announced Wednesday. Vermont’s federally funded food assistance program 3SquaresVT ranked as the most improved …

Vt. Looks to Conn. for Health Exchange Advice

Friday, May 22, 2015

Montpelier — The future of the state’s health insurance exchange depends on the Shumlin administration’s ability to meet a looming deadline. Still unanswered, though, is the question of how to proceed if the milestone goes unmet. Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and other top lawmakers think the solution might …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Newport Woman Pleads Guilty In Claremont Shooting Involvement Newport — A 22-year-old Sunapee woman last week pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery for her role in a February shooting incident at a Claremont property that was taken by the city for back taxes in 2013. Judge Brian …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hassan Signs Bill Enabling Balsams Resort Redevelopment Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill opening the way for a Maine businessman’s plan to restore a historic resort in the economically distressed North Country. Hassan on Wednesday signed the bill that creates a special taxing district allowing …