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People walk through the snow on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Chicago. A storm system diving out of the Midwest has the potential to slowly coat from Philadelphia up to Massachusetts and Maine with snow beginning late Sunday night into Monday and intensifying greatly well into Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Winter Storm Heading for Northeast

Monday, January 26, 2015

Concord (ap) — Hardware stores were doing a brisk business in shovels and ice melting products and plow crews are resting up and checking equipment in advance of a storm that could dump more than a foot of snow on much of northern New England. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch beginning at 10 p.m. today …

Concern Over Sex Offender Registry in Vt.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers are grappling with how close to perfect the state’s sex offender registry needs to be before offenders’ addresses are posted online. Vermont in 2009 passed a law saying the registry had to have a clean audit from the state auditor of accounts before addresses could be posted. A 2010 audit found many errors; a follow-up audit last July found …

Finding a ‘Death-Qualified’ Jury Slows Cases

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boston — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then added: “I can’t imagine any evidence that would change how I feel about what happened.” …

Monday, January 19, 2015

Charlestown Budget Hearing Tonight Charlestown — The Selectboard will hold a public hearing tonight at 7 on the proposed $3.9 million general fund budget for the fiscal year that began Jan. 1. Also part of the proposed spending is another $305,000 in special articles for a total request …

UVM Program Helps Refugees Cope With Emotional Pain

Monday, January 19, 2015

Burlington — The scars Ajuda Thapa carries today are emotional — the product of years living in fear, being forced from her home in Bhutan and enduring the murder of her husband during 19 stateless years before she arrived in Vermont as a refugee. Like many others like …

Ex-Inmates in N.H. Can Now Get Medicaid

Monday, January 19, 2015

Concord — Before New Hampshire expanded its Medicaid program to cover more poor adults, those leaving the state prison system were handed 14 days’ worth of medication and not much else. “We’d get them standing up and ready to go, and then it was like having them step …

Freezing Rain Ices Up Roads

Monday, January 19, 2015

New York — Rain “flash-freezing” on roads and sidewalks left an icy glaze under feet and tires across much of the northeast on Sunday, causing crashes that claimed at least five lives. Vermont State Police in Rockingham reported 20 accidents in an eight-hour span on Sunday, most of …

Vt. Lawmakers Urge Stricter Gun Laws

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Montpelier — Democratic leaders in the Vermont Senate are preparing legislation calling for expanded background checks for gun purchases and state prosecution of what are now federal gun crimes, including being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. “I do not believe that background checks alone are …

Coakley Looking Ahead To Life After Politics

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Boston — When Attorney General Martha Coakley leaves office Tuesday, she’ll be ending a public career that’s spanned nearly two decades and propelled her into the top law enforcement job in Massachusetts. Coakley also will be leaving behind a mixed political record that includes two high-profile losses. In …

Feds Reviewing Canada Lynx

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Portland, Maine — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is starting a review of federally protected Canada lynx at a time when the largest population of the cats in the Lower 48 appears to be poised for a …

New Hampshire Delegation Requests Openness on Pipeline

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is calling for an open and transparent process before a final decision is made about a proposed natural gas pipeline route in the state. Texas-based Kinder Morgan wants to construct about 70 miles of pipeline through southern New Hampshire. About 90 percent …

Leahy, Welch On Cuba Visit

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Washington (ap) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is leading a delegation of congressional Democrats on a visit to Cuba to discuss expectations for the normalization of relations between the United States and the island nation. Leahy said in a statement Saturday that lawmakers want to explore …

Marijuana Profits Could Boost Vt.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont could reap hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue if it were to legalize marijuana, but only if nearby states don’t also jump on the bandwagon, according to a study released Friday. The study comes as states across the country increasingly explore the potential …