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In this Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015 photo, the Rev. Christopher Coyne,  new bishop of the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, poses in his South Burlington, Vt., office.  Coyne, the new leader of the state's 120,000 Catholics, will be formally invested on Jan. 29 in Burlington. Coyne said he wants the church to reach out to people rather than waiting for people to come to the church. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Vermont’s New Catholic Bishop Versed in Cyberspace

Sunday, January 25, 2015

South Burlington — Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop is just learning his way around the state, consulting a map to check on the location of some of the state’s parishes, but he’s already known in cyberspace. The Rev. Christopher Coyne is known as the Catholic Church’s first blogging priest to be elevated to a bishop. He also has a Twitter …

Storm Covers Northeast in Snow

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston — Parts of the Northeast got their first real taste of winter on Saturday as a storm crawling up the coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England, but forecasters are watching a possible second shot of snow that could affect the region early in the work week. By …

Cross-State Snowmobilers Can Ride for Free Next Weekend

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Concord — Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are going to take part in an upcoming three-day weekend when riders registered in any one of those states can explore the trails of the other two states for free. Starting Friday, any snowmobile legally registered in any of the participating states is allowed on trails in all three states. All other host state …

Coakley Looking Ahead To Life After Politics

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Boston — When Attorney General Martha Coakley leaves office Tuesday, she’ll be ending a public career that’s spanned nearly two decades and propelled her into the top law enforcement job in Massachusetts. Coakley also will be leaving behind a mixed political record that includes two high-profile losses. In …

Feds Reviewing Canada Lynx

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Portland, Maine — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is starting a review of federally protected Canada lynx at a time when the largest population of the cats in the Lower 48 appears to be poised for a …

New Hampshire Delegation Requests Openness on Pipeline

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is calling for an open and transparent process before a final decision is made about a proposed natural gas pipeline route in the state. Texas-based Kinder Morgan wants to construct about 70 miles of pipeline through southern New Hampshire. About 90 percent …

Leahy, Welch On Cuba Visit

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Washington (ap) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is leading a delegation of congressional Democrats on a visit to Cuba to discuss expectations for the normalization of relations between the United States and the island nation. Leahy said in a statement Saturday that lawmakers want to explore …

Marijuana Profits Could Boost Vt.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont could reap hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue if it were to legalize marijuana, but only if nearby states don’t also jump on the bandwagon, according to a study released Friday. The study comes as states across the country increasingly explore the potential …

Last Hours of Woman’s Life Revealed in Robarge Trial

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Newport — A daughter of a Charlestown woman prosecutors say was killed by her estranged husband on the day she filed for divorce testified Friday that her father wanted to move back into their Charlestown home, but her …

Hassan: Let Cops Treat Overdoses

Friday, January 16, 2015

Concord — Police officers may soon be able to administer an emergency treatment for heroin and opioid overdoses, a step public safety officials and Gov. Maggie Hassan say is critical to combating the state’s heroin epidemic. Under current law, only licensed emergency medical technicians, who include many firefighters, …

Shumlin Seeks Payroll Tax For Medicaid

Friday, January 16, 2015

Montpelier — Single-payer might be off the table, but health care still topped the agenda at Gov. Peter Shumlin’s third-term budget address. The governor is proposing a 0.7 percent payroll tax, generating $82.8 million, to bring Medicaid payments to doctors and hospitals up to the level of Medicare, …

Boston’s Interstate 93 Blocked By Chained Demonstrators

Friday, January 16, 2015

Boston — Activists protesting what they call “police and state violence against black people” chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels and blocked a busy Boston-area highway at the height of the Thursday morning commute. State police shut down northbound Interstate 93 south of the city, and I-93 south, in …

N.H. Board Urges State: Focus on Utility Issue

Friday, January 16, 2015

Concord (ap) — The state’s Public Utilities Commission said Thursday it will pause its review of a reimbursement issue regarding New Hampshire’s largest utility while lawmakers try to forge a solution. But the regulatory body said it would not delay study on the effects that continued Public Service …