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New Hampshire Eases Rules for Administering Anti-Overdose Drug

Friday, March 27, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire safety officials are offering police officers a training course on administering life-saving doses of Narcan to people who overdose on heroin, painkillers and other opioids. The eight-hour course is available immediately and those who complete it attain the new licensing level of law enforcement provider. The state has seen a spike in heroin overdoses in recent years and Narcan use doubled in 2014 over the previous …

N.H. Senate Approves New Restrictions on Welfare Purchases

Friday, March 27, 2015

Concord — The Republican-led Senate voted Thursday to prohibit more than 12,000 New Hampshire welfare recipients from using their cash benefits to buy alcohol, tobacco, firearms and several other items. “We want to help people who are in need,” said Republican Sen. Jeanie Forrester, the bill’s prime sponsor. “But it’s not fair for me to pay in money to help somebody out who …

Murder Charge Dropped in 2010 Slaying

Friday, March 27, 2015

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — One of three men charged with breaking into the home of a 78-year-old grandmother and killing her agreed to cooperate with authorities in exchange for the dismissal of murder charges against him, the prosecutor said Thursday. Richard Fletcher did not fire the shot that killed Pat O’Hagan in her …

State: FairPoint Failed to Credit Vermonters After Outages

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Montpelier — The state says thousands of Vermonters who lost telephone service in recent months should have received credit on their bills from FairPoint Communications. At issue is whether the company has violated a Vermont Public Service Board rule that requires landline telephone providers to give automatic refunds …

N.H. House Budget Set for Vote

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Concord — The House Finance Committee finalized its budget proposal Tuesday and it will now move for a full House vote next week, where it is likely to face further scrutiny and several amendments. The House budget proposal increases general fund spending over the current biennium by roughly …

Sugar Makers Uneasy as Cold Continues, Short Season Looms

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Strafford — What is often a busy time for the Upper Valley’s sugaring community has become a bit of a thumb-twiddler, as extended cold temperatures are keeping the sap in the trees and buckets mostly bare. “We’re kind of tapped out,” said Keith Fifield, of Fifield’s Sugarhouse in …

Too Late to Discipline N.H. Rep.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Concord — A New Hampshire legislator won’t face discipline for comments he made linking abortion to an effort by a group of fourth-graders to have the state name an official raptor, an official said Monday. New Hampshire House Clerk Paul Smith said that any discipline of Rep. Warren …

N.H. Panel Approves Cuts To Hassan Plan

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire House budget writers began approving a budget bill Monday that eliminates Medicaid expansion, substantially changes school funding and does not give state employees a raise they recently negotiated with the governor’s office. The House Finance Committee will continue voting on changes to Democratic Gov. …

Vt. House Committee Budget Closes Windsor Prison, Keeps Inmates In-State

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Montpelier — Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee were left with relief and a $113 surplus after unanimously approving a fiscal year 2016 state budget plan Monday. The proposed budget includes a plan to close the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor in 2017 without sending inmates out …

Conference Highlights Canadian Power Sources

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Burlington — There is an abundance of clean electricity in eastern Canada waiting to be sent to the energy-hungry states of New England, officials said Monday at an international energy conference. A number of projects are underway to help move that power south, but officials from both the …

Nightclub Fire Memorial Planned for 2016

Monday, March 23, 2015

Warwick, R.i. — The group planning a memorial to 100 people killed in a 2003 nightclub fire has raised one-fourth of the money needed to build and maintain the project, and its leader said Sunday she expects it …

Newport, SoRo Among Book Grant Recipients

Monday, March 23, 2015

Concord — Eight schools in New Hampshire and Vermont are sharing a $25,000 grant for the 2015-2016 year to support literacy programs, events, professional development and buy new books. In New Hampshire, the Children’s Literacy Foundation grant is going to Groveton Elementary School, Paul Smith School in Franklin, …

Vt. Farmers Hurt by Falling Milk Prices

Monday, March 23, 2015

Montpelier — Milk prices paid to Vermont dairy farmers have plummeted this winter from a record high last year as farmers head into the spring planting season when they need to buy seed and fuel. Following an all-time high in September of 2014 of around $25 per hundredweight …