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Theresa Boutin, of West Lebanon, delivers a meal to a client of the Upper Valley Senior Center's Home Delivery Meals in Lebanon Monday, March 30, 2015. The New Hampshire legislature may cut funding to programs state wide that bring meals to the homes of those that are not able to prepare food for themselves. "They need a little tender care, they do," said Boutin of the Home Delivery Meals recipients who often have little or no family to look in on them. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Meals on Wheels Could See Cuts

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lebanon — Despite the efforts of some state legislators to preserve funding for elder services in the biennial budget process, Grafton County officials said that the deep cuts proposed could make it harder for Granite State senior citizens to live independently. The Republican-dominated House Finance Committee last week approved a $10.6 million decrease in general non-Medicaid appropriations — that’s a …

Police: Mom Shot Girls, Self

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bedford, N.H. — A 34-year-old woman shot and killed her two young daughters at their New Hampshire home before killing herself, authorities said Monday. Assistant Attorney General Jay McCormack said police received a 911 call Saturday regarding a deceased woman at the home in Bedford. When officers arrived, they found two more people dead, he said. The attorney general’s office on Monday identified …

Obama Transportation Package Would Send Vt. $253 Million

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Montpelier — The No. 2 official at the Vermont Agency of Transportation says it’s uncertain what an Obama administration proposal of $253 million in transportation funding for the state will mean. Chris Cole, the agency’s deputy secretary, said it would take time for officials to dig into hundreds of pages of details about the federal funding before understanding the full implications. The Obama …

Proposed Bill Limits Tax Deductions

Friday, March 27, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House advanced legislation Thursday to raise $35 million in new taxes by limiting deductions from the state income tax. The 76-67 vote was unusually close in the Democrat-dominated House, as a coalition of liberal Democrats, Progressives and independents who make up the Working Vermonters …

Jury Shown Autopsy Photos Of Boston Bombing Victim

Friday, March 27, 2015

Boston — A medical examiner testifying Thursday in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev described in graphic detail the devastating injuries that ravaged the body of a 29-year-old woman and caused her to bleed to death …

Senate OKs Pared-Back Vt. Gun Bill

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Montpelier — The state Senate took a key vote Wednesday to advance a bill that would set new restrictions on firearms ownership but that lacks what had been its most hotly debated provision — expanded background checks for gun buyers. The bill won preliminary approval on a 20-8 …

N.H. House Pumps Brakes on Gas Tax

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Concord — Unable to gather enough support within their own party, House Republican budget writers on Wednesday backed off a proposed increase in New Hampshire’s gas tax aimed at keeping the state’s highway fund afloat. The House Finance Committee will reconvene today to discuss other ways to avoid …

Democrat Faces State Lawsuit

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday seeking fines against a publicly financed lieutenant governor candidate for alleged campaign finance violations. Attorney General William Sorrell said Dean Corren’s campaign solicited and facilitated a Vermont Democratic Party mass email sent to at least 16,000 …

Report: Many Plants Nearing Extinction

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England’s rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever …

New Hampshire Lawmakers Honor Students After Raptor Bill Debacle

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Concord — Lawmakers on Wednesday passed a resolution formally encouraging student participation in state government even as the legislators were being lampooned nationally for mocking what started as a civics lesson for fourth-graders. The action in the House of Representatives follows the much-criticized and publicized debate over the …

Boston Olympic Group Urges Statewide Vote

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Boston — The group behind Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics said Tuesday that it wants the residents of Massachusetts to decide whether the effort to bring the games to the city should go forward. John Fish, chairman of Boston 2024, told a gathering of business …

Vt. Cops Tipped on Durst in 2012 in Middlebury Student’s ’71 Disappearance

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Middlebury, Vt. — A 2012 tip led investigators to look into whether millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst played a role in the 1971 disappearance and presumed death of a Middlebury College freshman, police said Tuesday. The tip …

State: FairPoint Failed to Credit Vermonters After Outages

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Montpelier — The state says thousands of Vermonters who lost telephone service in recent months should have received credit on their bills from FairPoint Communications. At issue is whether the company has violated a Vermont Public Service Board rule that requires landline telephone providers to give automatic refunds …