State / Region

Trees May Derail Plan For Ski Area

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Concord — The state is evaluating whether a 16-acre patch of old red spruce trees on the west side of Mount Sunapee is a pristine enough patch of land to require legal protection that could derail a ski area’s contentious and long-debated proposal to expand over state park lands. In a report delivered to the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development and provided to The Associated Press, the state’s …

Auditor: Health Costs Too Opaque

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont’s state auditor is asking lawmakers to beef up the information consumers can get when deciding where to have a medical procedure done. Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer, joined by Andrew Stein, a special investigator in the auditor’s office, told the House Health Care Committee on Friday that the state is falling short in meeting a legal requirement to provide information …

8 Test Positive for Tuberculosis in Vt.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Montpelier — Seven children and an adult from the Charlotte Central School have tested positive for tuberculosis and will be given antibiotics for nine months to ensure they do not get sick with the disease, Vermont Health Department officials said on Friday. The positive test results came after health officials tested 150 people, 132 of them children, at the Charlotte, Vt., school and …

Storm Covers Northeast in Snow

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston — Parts of the Northeast got their first real taste of winter on Saturday as a storm crawling up the coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England, but forecasters are watching a possible …

Cross-State Snowmobilers Can Ride for Free Next Weekend

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Concord — Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are going to take part in an upcoming three-day weekend when riders registered in any one of those states can explore the trails of the other two states for free. Starting Friday, any snowmobile legally registered in any of …

FairPoint Strike Hits 100th Day Milestone

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications and more than 1,700 striking workers reached the 100-day milestone on Saturday with workers marking the occasion with events across the region and expressing hope that the two sides will soon reach an …

Opponents Weigh Boston Olympic Bid

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston — Opponents of bringing the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston are looking into a voter referendum, an effort that could jeopardize hopes of bringing the Summer Games to U.S. soil for the first time since 1996. Christopher Dempsey, co-chairman of No Boston Olympics, said Friday that the …

Maine Teacher Sentenced to 65 Years

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bangor, Maine (ap) — A former special education teacher who videotaped his sexual abuse of three young boys, including two brothers with autism, was sentenced Friday to 65 years in federal prison. Patrik Arsenault, 28, who previously pleaded guilty to production and distribution of child pornography, was also …

Tsarnaev Lawyers Defend Use of Quotes

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Friday they did nothing wrong by including excerpts from juror questionnaires in their third request to move the trial outside Massachusetts. In a court filing Thursday, Tsarnaev’s lawyers included comments some prospective jurors wrote saying they believe …

Analysts: Mass. Budget Woes Will Continue

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boston — Fiscal problems that have triggered a shortfall in the state’s current budget are likely to spill over to the next year’s spending plan, lawmakers and state officials were warned on Thursday. The House and Senate Ways and Means committees, along with officials from Gov. Charlie Baker’s …

N.H.: Chocolate Bait Killed Four Bears

Friday, January 23, 2015

Concord — Four bears were found dead in September because of heart failure triggered by an overdose of chocolate that had been put out as bait. The results of toxicology and necropsy reports revealing the cause of the deaths has prompted the state’s bear expert to consider putting …

Bill Proposed to Help Sex Offenders

Friday, January 23, 2015

Concord — A local lawmaker has sponsored several bills in the New Hampshire House of Representatives that would increase protections for people on the state’s registry of sex offenders. Rep. Timothy N. Robertson, D-Keene, said he was motivated by information about two recent attacks that he said may …

Obamacare Tax to Cost Vt. Millions

Friday, January 23, 2015

Montpelier — The impact of a so-called Cadillac tax on generous health insurance benefits would cost the state as much as $40 million in 2023. Joyce Manchester, a senior economist in the Joint Fiscal Office, told House Education Committee members that a federal 40 percent excise tax due …