State / Region

Vt. AG Drops Probe

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Montpelier — The state Attorney General’s Office has dropped its criminal investigation into whether an environmental activist operated as a lawyer without a law license in her advocacy for critics of large-scale wind and solar power projects before state regulators. The office said on Monday it had examined the claims against Annette Smith and decided to take no action. News of the investigation had prompted a public outcry from Smith’s …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Newport Elementary Principal Resigns From Post Newport — Newport School District Elementary Principal Peter Durso has resigned from his position due to personal reasons, SAU 43 Superintendent Cynthia Gallagher said in a news release on Monday. Durso, who assumed the post in August 2015, will continue to work for the district through February 19th. Gallagher will serve as interim principal until a permanent …

Purple Heart Connects Newport Family

Monday, February 8, 2016

Concord — A Purple Heart awarded to a soldier from New Hampshire killed in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge that turned up recently after a woman’s death has brought together two branches of a family that never knew of the other’s existence. Eugene Victor Call, a U.S. Army technician, was killed March 2, 1945, with seven other platoon members near Kapellen, …

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 …

Kasich Tells New Hampshire Voters: ‘It’s All Up to You’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Claremont — Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday told Claremont-area voters at his 91st town hall meeting in the state that it will be up to them whether he continues his campaign after next Tuesday’s primary. Kasich, who …

Graff Out Of Vermont Lt. Gov. Race

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Former Politico editor Garrett Graff has abandoned the idea of running for Vermont lieutenant governor this year. He made the announcement Tuesday on Facebook. Graff said he didn’t want questions about his Vermont residency to dog his candidacy. “It’s become clear that the ambiguity around this question of …

N.H. May Revive Bobcat Hunting

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Concord — A proposal to reopen a season for hunting bobcats in New Hampshire drew plenty of opposition as well as some support at a packed public hearing Monday night, but the hours of public discussion showed a secondary issue: whether the controversy might spur bigger changes. “The …

Vt. Health Site Still Has Backlog

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin’s health care reform team told the House Health Care Committee on Thursday about bigger challenges with Vermont Health Connect than was previously reported. Lawrence Miller, the chief of health care reform, said the number of changes to customer accounts waiting to be handled …

N.H. Surplus Centers Home to Excess

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Concord — In the market for a crate of Boston and Harvard hoodies and baby onesies? How about a suitcase full of pork rinds? Seek out your nearest state surplus store, where many airports nationwide send their unclaimed …

N.H. Sees High Voter Turnover

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Durham, n.h. (ap) — Voter turnout is always important in New Hampshire’s presidential primary, but a new study concludes population turnover also will play a big role. A report by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire estimates that more than 30 percent …

N.H. Woman Who Won Pot Case Dies

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Concord (ap) — A New Hampshire woman who was suffering from late-stage cancer when she won permission to buy medical marijuana in Maine before it was available in her home state died Monday. Linda Horan was 64. Her death was confirmed by state Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, a …