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N.H. Education Tax Credit Stays

Friday, August 29, 2014

Concord — The state Supreme Court has left intact a New Hampshire law that creates a business education tax credit to fund scholarships to private schools. In its unanimous ruling Thursday, the justices vacated a lower court ruling that deemed unconstitutional part of the law making religious school students eligible for scholarships. The program was passed in 2012 by Republican lawmakers who overrode a veto by then-Gov. John Lynch, a …

FairPoint Declares Impasse; Unions Disagree

Friday, August 29, 2014

Portland, Maine — The telephone service provider for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont declared an impasse after four months of labor negotiations, while more than 1,700 workers for the company were advised by union officials Thursday to be on “standby” for a possible strike or lockout. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communication Workers of America accused FairPoint Communications of violating federal …

GOP Senate Hopefuls Argue Credentials

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Concord — With primary rivals questioning his conservatism and consistency, Republican Scott Brown said Wednesday that he had been the most bipartisan U.S. senator with a record of accomplishments “second to none” during his three years in Washington. Brown, who represented Massachusetts from 2010 to 2013, is among 10 Republicans competing in New …

Sen. Warren Disavows PAC Urging Run for President

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Boston — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday issued a “formal disavowal” of a new political organization urging her to run for president in 2016. In a letter to the Federal Election Commission, lawyers for the first-term Massachusetts …

Maine Bills Would Aid Oldest Population

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Augusta, Maine — Building more affordable housing for Maine seniors and boosting Medicaid reimbursements to home care workers were among several policy ideas rolled out by House Speaker Mark Eves last week. The proposals are designed as a way to tackle challenges facing the state with the country’s …

Obama Taking Less Vacation, But Still Too Much For Some

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chilmark, Mass. — President Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing …

As a Leader, Havenstein’s Focus Is Teamwork

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Alton, N.H. — Sitting on a shelf in Walt Havenstein’s home office is a gang, as they’re called, of meerkats. “Do you know what a meerkat is?” he asks, pointing up to the cluster of small animals, sitting …

Local & Regional Briefs: Saturday, Aug. 23

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Woodstock, Chelsea Courthouses Celebrate Improvements Woodstock — Two Upper Valley courthouses are celebrating improvements to their facilities. Following an eight-month, $2.2 million renovation, the Windsor County Courthouse in Woodstock will resume all court operations on Sept. 2, according to a news release. The day begins with a ribbon …

In Portsmouth, Perry Doesn’t Commit to Run

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Portsmouth, n.h. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday in a visit to a key early voting state that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if …

Vermont Plans New Regulation for Painkillers

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Montpelier — Two years ago, lawmakers asked the Vermont Department of Health to come up with rules to prevent the abuse of narcotic painkillers. Now, health officials want to impose new regulations on doctors prescribing the drugs. Health department officials say they don’t want to tie doctors’ hands …

Vermont’s ‘Faithful Servant’

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rutland — As the children of former U.S. Sen. James Jeffords listened to speaker after speaker laud their father at his funeral Friday, they knew a few things were left unsaid. “My dad enjoyed a lot of simple …

Governors: We Expect Deal In Market Basket Feud

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Boston — The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire said Friday they were optimistic the long-running family dispute that has hobbled the Market Basket supermarket chain will be resolved, perhaps as soon as this weekend, with an agreement …

Young Activist Vies for GOP Nod

Friday, August 22, 2014

Concord — Andrew Hemingway doesn’t hesitate to share his ideas for New Hampshire — even when he knows you’ll be skeptical. Take his flat tax plan. It would reduce taxes on businesses and start taxing local governments and …