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New Uses for Campaign Signs

Friday, February 12, 2016

Durham — The oversized Carly Fiorina campaign signs along New Hampshire’s Route 4 weren’t enough to keep the Republican presidential hopeful’s campaign alive past Tuesday’s primary, but they could end up helping people with disabilities live their lives more independently. For the past four years, University of New Hampshire professor Therese Willkomm has been seeking donations of discarded campaign signs for use in her occupational therapy classes, where students cut …

N.H. Town Returns Surplus Grenade Launcher as Lawmakers Look to Limit What Departments Accept

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Meredith Police Department never got a chance to use its grenade launcher. The equipment, obtained at least nine years ago through a U.S. Department of Defense program, was recalled by the Obama administration as part of its reconsideration of a federal policy giving surplus military gear to local police departments. On Jan. 13, the Meredith Police Department mailed the grenade launcher back …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lebanon Board Gives Housing Development Extension Lebanon — The Lebanon Planning Board unanimously granted the owner of a housing development on Old Pine Tree Cemetery Road an extension for the project’s third phase at its meeting on Monday. The board initially approved the 140-unit housing development as Sleeper Village in 2005. Subsequently, the project has undergone a series of delays and is now …

In State of State, Hassan Gives Three Priorities for Final Year

Friday, February 5, 2016

Concord — With her Statehouse term winding down and her U.S. Senate campaign beginning, Gov. Maggie Hassan used her final State of the State address Thursday to argue that fighting the opioid crisis, reauthorizing Medicaid expansion and investing …

Vt. GMO Labeling Law Nears

Friday, February 5, 2016

Washington — The food industry is pressuring Congress to act before the state of Vermont requires food labels for genetically modified ingredients. At issue is how food companies will deal with Vermont’s law. They could make separate food …

Vt. Senate OKs Paid Sick Leave

Friday, February 5, 2016

Montpelier — The state Senate on Wednesday approved a new mandate requiring all businesses in Vermont to offer sick leave benefits to employees. The legislation will now go back to the House, where lawmakers may concur or amend the Senate version. Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he would …

Local & Regional Briefs: Friday, Feb. 5

Friday, February 5, 2016

Orford Woman Sentenced In WRJ McDonald’s Crash White River Junction — A 52-year-old woman who crashed into the White River Junction McDonald’s last February pleaded no contest to refusing to take an alcohol breath test after the accident. …

Nuclear Commission OKs Vermont Yankee Plans

Friday, February 5, 2016

Montpelier — The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, despite objections voiced by state officials, is giving positive reviews to the decommissioning plans developed by the owner of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. “We do not have any concerns or objections to the decommissioning road map that Entergy has …

Art Notes: Painter Eric Aho Looks Deep Into a Hole in the Ice

Thursday, February 4, 2016

On a recent mild day, the painter Eric Aho stood on a frozen pond in Walpole, N.H., and, taking a 6-foot-long saw, begin slicing through the 6- inch-thick ice as easily as if it were birthday cake. When …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

State Education Board Approves Croydon’s Withdrawal From SAU Croydon — The New Hampshire Board of Education has approved the plan by the Croydon School District to withdraw from SAU 43. The plan now goes to voters at the annual school meeting on March 12 and if it receives …

Shumlin, State Treasurer Trade Jabs Over Fossil-Fuel Divestment

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Two political allies are squaring off in a high-profile battle of words over the question of fossil-fuel divestment. As State Treasurer Beth Pearce stands firm in her opposition to a bill that would scrub the state’s pension fund of coal stocks, Gov. Peter Shumlin is ramping up public …

New Analysis Looks at Causes Of Vt. Health Exchange Woes

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Witnesses from two insurers and Vermont Legal Aid all started their remarks to legislators Wednesday by saying positive things about Vermont’s embattled health insurance exchange and the people who run it, but the issues they’re having dominated the meeting. The House Health Care Committee was holding its second …

Bob Elliott, of Duo Bob and Ray, Dies

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Portland, Maine — Bob Elliott, half of the enduring television and radio comedy team Bob and Ray, has died, He was 92. Elliott, father of actor-comedian Chris Elliott, died Tuesday at his home in Cundy’s Harbor, Maine, part …