State / Region

N.H. Agencies Face Budgetary Uncertainty

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Concord — Come July 1, the budget battle in Concord typically comes to a close and state officials head into summer with a picture of how the next two years of spending will look. Not so this year. Partisan wrangling has tied the state budget up in knots, leaving the government running on a six-month spending plan that will delay the start of substance abuse recovery programs, create uncertainty around …

N.H., Mass. Police Make $2 Million Drug Seizure

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Manchester — The shooting of a woman during an apparent home invasion last week started a cascade of events that led to the arrest of three people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and the seizure of heroin and the painkiller Fentanyl worth more than $2 million, police said Monday. Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard said officers were called to a reported shooting at …

Tuition Is Going Up In N.H.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Concord — After a two-year freeze, tuition at New Hampshire’s state universities will go up next year. Facing $9 million less than they requested in state funding, University System of New Hampshire officials will raise tuition by 2.75 percent and also cut spending to make up the difference. USNH trustees asked for $90 million from the state Legislature, which budgeted $81 million in …

Agencies Left in Limbo After Budget Veto

Friday, June 26, 2015

Concord — While lawmakers gear up for another round of budget discussions that will likely last through fall, some state departments and service providers are settling in for months of uncertainty. “We’re just kind of sitting and waiting,” said Tym Rourke, chairman a commission that oversees a state …

Vt. Big in Health Care Reform

Friday, June 26, 2015

Montpelier — Big data is all the rage these days, especially in the world of health care. And as Vermont looks to compile a massive repository of insurance claims information, it’s become a legal testing ground for the future of health reform nationally. The legal contours of a …

Marathon Bomber Offers Apology

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Boston — Breaking his long silence on Wednesday, the 21-year-old man convicted of the Boston Marathon bombing acknowledged his guilt, apologized to his victims and stood to hear a judge formally impose a penalty of death by execution. “I’d like to now apologize to the victims and the …

N.H. Budget Waits for Likely Veto

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Concord — The battle over funding New Hampshire government and state services is likely to stretch on for months, as both Democrats and Republicans dug in their heels Wednesday over business tax cuts included in the $11.3 billion budget. The Republican-led Legislature passed both the two-year budget plan …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New York Man Dies After Motorcycle Accident in Vermont Bridgewater — A 62-year-old New York man died Tuesday from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident on Route 4 in Bridgewater last week. Craig Fairfield, of Waterford, N.Y., was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center with severe head trauma …

Vermont Supreme Court Orders Hearing for Fired Montpelier City Planner

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Montpelier — The state’s highest court has ordered Montpelier city officials to give fired planning director Gwendolyn Hallsmith a new post-termination grievance hearing. The ruling was handed down Friday by the Vermont Supreme Court, upholding an earlier decision issued last year by the Washington Superior Court. The lower …

Vt. IT Spending Nearly Impossible to Track

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Montpelier — The use of technology in Vermont state government went from a background concern to a political flashpoint throughout the troubled rollout of Vermont Health Connect. But information technology in state government is ubiquitous and makes up a significant — yet unknown — portion of the state’s …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dartmouth Names Dean of the College Hanover — Dartmouth College has announced that Rebecca Biron, a professor of Spanish and comparative literature, will become dean of the college, a position overseeing undergraduate academics. Biron is replacing interim Dean …

FEMA Rebuffs Vt. On Flood Resilience

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Montpelier — Ever since Tropical Storm Irene struck in 2011, Vermont has been pushing to make sure bridges and culverts are rebuilt to more flood-resistant standards. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency is rejecting — at least for now — the state’s argument that the federal agency should …

N.H. Senate Finance Leaders Defend Proposed Budget, Hope to Avoid Veto

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

West Lebanon — The Republican leaders of the Senate Finance Committee defended their $11.3 billion budget, which they said includes a 5 percent increase in spending over the current two-year budget for New Hampshire. Senate Finance Chairwoman Jeanie …