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Bruno Calumbi, of Newport, N.H., had just purchased a hands-free device at Best Buy in West Lebanon, N.H., on July 2, 2015. Before heading out on his motorcycle, he was setting up the device. Calumbi said he would also be using it when driving his car.  (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Hand-Held Devices Banned

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Following in Vermont’s footsteps, New Hampshire last week put in place a law that makes it illegal for drivers to hold a cellphone to their ear while driving, a measure both states hope will cut down on distracted driving. New Hampshire’s law, like Vermont’s, mandates that drivers using electronic devices have hands-free use of them while driving, meaning that motorists …

Rent Subsidies at Risk at More Area Apartments

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Charlestown — Tenants in Pine Tree Lane Apartments in West Lebanon are not the only New Hampshire residents in danger of seeing their homes become unaffordable because of the impending loss of rental subsidies. Dozens of other residents who now receive the same type of rental assistance find themselves in a similar situation …

Construction on R.I. Nightclub Fire Memorial to Begin

Sunday, July 5, 2015

West Warwick, R.I. — The first phase of construction for a scaled-down memorial at the site of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people is set to begin, and the head of the nonprofit group that has worked for years to build it says it expects to complete it by the spring. The …

Police ID Mass. Plane Crash Victims

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Plainville, Mass. — The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday. Plainville police Chief …

Power Plant Ruling Panned in New England

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Montpelier — A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants. But several government officials and environmental group lawyers said the court’s finding — that …

Bulger to Students: Crime Doesn’t Pay

Monday, June 29, 2015

Boston — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had some advice for three high school girls who wrote to him for a history project: Crime doesn’t pay. The 85-year-old sent the handwritten letter, dated Feb. 24, from …

Vt. Senators Weigh In on Their Colleague

Monday, June 29, 2015

Montpelier — Fourteen of state Sen. Norm McAllister’s 29 Senate colleagues say they would vote to expel him from that body based on what they know now about the criminal sex charges he is facing, an Associated Press survey of senators found. Five senators said they would not …

Vermont Worried About Transportation Funding

Monday, June 29, 2015

Montpelier (ap) — Amid mounting concerns that Congress won’t pass a long-term federal transportation bill this year, Vermont state officials have developed a contingency plan to make sure projects stay on schedule. The Senate Public Works committee unanimously supported a plan this week to allocate $278 billion to …

A President From N.H.? Unlikely

Monday, June 29, 2015

Concord — When it comes to presidents, New Hampshire is much better at picking them than producing them. While the 14th president, Franklin Pierce, was a New Hampshire native, no one else has come close in the 100 years since the state began holding statewide presidential primary elections. …

Abundance of Rain Challenges Farmers

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Montpelier — Farmers welcomed the rain after a dry spring but an abundance of it in June has saturated some low-lying crops, made fields too muddy for farm machinery and delayed the crucial first cutting of hay for …

Police: Surviving Escapee Could Face a Harder Time Alone

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Malone, N.Y. — With his escape partner killed, the surviving convicted murderer who pulled off an elaborate breakout from a maximum-security prison three weeks ago could have a tougher time eluding the army of searchers scouring miles of …

Region Readying for Range of New Laws

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Concord — Hands-free driving in the “Live Free or Die” state and a tax on even the smallest vacation rentals in Rhode Island are just two of the new laws taking effect in New England on July 1. Connecticut is cracking down on the use of restraints on …

Vt. City Boasts Shorter Commutes

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Burlington — Despite rush-hour traffic around Burlington, Vermont commuters don’t have much to complain about. And helping them along to relieve congestion are initiatives to promote carpooling, walking, biking and public transportation in Vermont’s largest city. An Associated …