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Author: Smart Should Be Granted Parole

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Manchester — A woman whose book To Die For was inspired by the case of Pamela Smart, who plotted with her teenage lover to kill her husband, is asking the governor to consider parole. Smart, who began an affair with 15-year-old Billy Flynn when she was a media coordinator at his high school, was convicted in 1991 of being an accomplice to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

N.Y. Man Held in N.H. After High-Speed Police Chase Claremont — A 37-year-old New York man who was arrested over the weekend after a high-speed chase through several New Hampshire communities is being held on $10,000 cash bail following his arraignment Tuesday. Among the charges against Robert Leibensperger, of Clifton Park, N.Y., are aggravated driving while intoxicated, disobeying a police officer and reckless …

Bill Creates College Savings For Vt. Kids

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont will soon join a number of other states in launching a children’s savings account program aimed at encouraging more low-income children, and their parents, to consider higher education. Under a bill passed by the Legislature, savings accounts will be opened for every baby born in Vermont — $250 will be deposited for those who are not low-income, $500 for those …

AG Sorrell Faces New Complaints

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Montpelier — A Republican lawyer who has led the charge of criticisms about alleged campaign finance abuses by Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell added to his list of complaints Wednesday. Brady Toensing, who lives in Charlotte, Vt., and is vice chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, filed an …

N.H. Senate Budget Restores Health Cuts

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Concord — Senate budget writers moved Wednesday to restore many of the deepest cuts to health services in the House’s $11.2 billion budget, including services for older residents, people with developmental disabilities and substance abuse treatment. “What we did today was a compassionate budget in regards to health …

Jim Kenyon: Boston Has Strong Reactions to Bomber’s Sentence

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On April 15, 2013, business was good at Juan Pedraza’s T-shirt stand near the main entrance to the Boston Common. But that’s the way it usually is on Marathon Monday. With thousands of out-of-town spectators milling around the heart of the city, it’s not hard to move inexpensive …

Hassan: GOP Budget Leaves N.H. Lacking

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hanover — During a talk at Dartmouth College on Tuesday, Gov. Maggie Hassan described the precarious balance in New Hampshire politics between keeping taxes low and making investments to build a competitive workforce in the Granite State, which …

Vt. Inmates Moving to Michigan

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont inmates being held in private Kentucky and Arizona prisons will be moved to a facility in Michigan under terms of a new contract the Department of Corrections signed with a different private prison operator, the department said Tuesday. Citing security concerns, Vermont officials wouldn’t specify …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fired Town Manager Receives $175,000 in Settlement St. Johnsbury, Vt. — A former St. Johnsbury town manager who was fired in 2012 and sued for wrongful termination has agreed to a $175,000 settlement. Both Ralph Nelson and town officials said they were prepared to go to trial. Nelson, …

Home Health Care Providers Plead for State Funds

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Concord — Providers of community and home-based health care joined together Tuesday to plead for more state money and criticize lawmakers and Gov. Maggie Hassan for what they say is chronic underfunding of their programs. “Our most fragile seniors who have given so much for our country and …

Judge: Bill Will Better Protect Kids

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Montpelier — The judge who oversees administration of Vermont’s trial court system said Monday he’s hopeful a child protection bill recently sent to Gov. Peter Shumlin will improve communications between social workers, police and the courts. A House-Senate conference committee agreed Friday, and the full House and Senate …

N.H.’s Ayotte: Think About the Children

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Manchester — Medical providers and first responders on Monday urged Sen. Kelly Ayotte to consider further incorporating mental health treatment into her efforts to address New Hampshire’s heroin and prescription drug crisis. Ayotte, a Republican, is co-sponsoring several pieces of legislation related to drug addiction treatment, including one …

BASE Jumper Was N.H. Native

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Before he set climbing records and learned to fly, Dean Potter cut his teeth on granite ledges in New Hampshire. The New Boston, N.H., native rose to worldwide prominence by pushing the boundaries of what was already an …