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People walk through the snow on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Chicago. A storm system diving out of the Midwest has the potential to slowly coat from Philadelphia up to Massachusetts and Maine with snow beginning late Sunday night into Monday and intensifying greatly well into Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Winter Storm Heading for Northeast

Monday, January 26, 2015

Concord (ap) — Hardware stores were doing a brisk business in shovels and ice melting products and plow crews are resting up and checking equipment in advance of a storm that could dump more than a foot of snow on much of northern New England. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch beginning at 10 p.m. today …

Concern Over Sex Offender Registry in Vt.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers are grappling with how close to perfect the state’s sex offender registry needs to be before offenders’ addresses are posted online. Vermont in 2009 passed a law saying the registry had to have a clean audit from the state auditor of accounts before addresses could be posted. A 2010 audit found many errors; a follow-up audit last July found …

Finding a ‘Death-Qualified’ Jury Slows Cases

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boston — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then added: “I can’t imagine any evidence that would change how I feel about what happened.” …

N.H.: Chocolate Bait Killed Four Bears

Friday, January 23, 2015

Concord — Four bears were found dead in September because of heart failure triggered by an overdose of chocolate that had been put out as bait. The results of toxicology and necropsy reports revealing the cause of the deaths has prompted the state’s bear expert to consider putting …

Bill Proposed to Help Sex Offenders

Friday, January 23, 2015

Concord — A local lawmaker has sponsored several bills in the New Hampshire House of Representatives that would increase protections for people on the state’s registry of sex offenders. Rep. Timothy N. Robertson, D-Keene, said he was motivated by information about two recent attacks that he said may …

Obamacare Tax to Cost Vt. Millions

Friday, January 23, 2015

Montpelier — The impact of a so-called Cadillac tax on generous health insurance benefits would cost the state as much as $40 million in 2023. Joyce Manchester, a senior economist in the Joint Fiscal Office, told House Education Committee members that a federal 40 percent excise tax due …

After Budget Warning, Hassan Predicts $1 Million Surplus

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office is predicting the state will end the current budget cycle with a surplus, not the shortfall that lawmakers and budget writers have been warning of for months. Hassan’s office released a plan Wednesday projecting a $1 million surplus, partly dependent on several …

Vermont Says Progress Made In Opiate Fight

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Burlington — A year after Vermont grabbed national headlines when Gov. Peter Shumlin in his State of the State speech made fighting heroin and opiate abuse a priority, the state is treating 47 percent more patients, waiting lists …

Vermont Economy Boosted by Fuel Prices, But Revenues Lag

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Montpelier — Sharply dropping fuel prices are expected to provide a big boost to Vermont’s economy, but the near-term forecast for state revenues is still cloudy, two economists who advise the Legislature and administration said Tuesday. “Led by an epic plunge in oil and gasoline prices, steady job …

Vt. to House More Federal Prisoners

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Montpelier — A deal in the works to house more federal inmates in Vermont prisons will hamper the state’s effort to reduce the number of local prisoners incarcerated in Kentucky and Arizona, the corrections commissioner said Monday. Vermont contracts with the U.S. Marshals Service to house up to …

GOP Seeks Lower Business Taxes

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Concord — Senators are split along party lines over whether lowering New Hampshire’s business taxes would help or hurt the state’s budget and economy. The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard testimony Tuesday on two Republican-sponsored bills that would lower the business enterprise and profits taxes and could …

Vt. Not Reaping Full Benefit of Ski Leases

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Montpelier — The state’s revenue from leasing land to seven Vermont ski resorts declined even as the value of the private land adjacent to it more than doubled during a 10-year period, according to a report released Tuesday. The report by state auditor Doug Hoffer says Vermont isn’t …

New England Gets Windfall From Plummeting Heating Oil

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Portland, Maine — The region that relies most heavily on heating oil to stay warm is getting a windfall from the big drop in prices, which have plummeted to the lowest level in six years. Across New England, lower prices mean hundreds of millions of dollars in savings, …