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Mike Hall, manager of City Tire, fills a snowblower tire between snow tire changes at the West Lebanon, N.H. shop Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Hall said the shop has been "slammed" for three weeks with snow tire appointments as winter weather approaches. The National Weather Service is warning of a storm from Wednesday to Thursday that could bring up to ten inches of snow to the area.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Rain, Snow Could Slow Travel During Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mineola, N.Y. — Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to change their plans and beat a storm expected to bring snow, slush and rain to the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor today on one of the busiest, most stressful days of the year. Forecasters said major Northeast cities will probably see moderate to heavy rain most of the day, though the Twin States and other …

Vt. Seeks Changes to Child Safety Laws

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Montpelier — A special legislative committee set up to investigate the Vermont child welfare system in the aftermath of two toddlers’ deaths plans to propose a law to prioritize the best interest of the child over keeping families intact. Despite a stated policy by the Department for Children and Families that the interests of the child should be paramount, the committee heard during …

N.H. Commission To Review Rates

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Concord — In the coming weeks, residents can expect to see higher costs when they open their electricity bills. The state’s Public Utilities Commission is taking steps to try to ease the impending rate increases by looking at how utilities purchase power and considering changes in eligibility for bill assistance programs. The commission will open a review into how utilities purchase power for …

Vt. Company Plans to Fortify Public Buildings

Friday, November 21, 2014

The organization that runs Efficiency Vermont is beginning a new kind of energy-saving venture. If all goes according to plan, a spin-off of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation will spend more than $50 million over the next five years to conserve energy in buildings used for low-income housing …

A Sweet Boston Symphony

Friday, November 21, 2014

Boston — Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Director Andris Nelsons got a chance to make some beautiful music together. The two have joined forces for their first BSO performance together. Ma and …

Customers Frustrated By FairPoint

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tunbridge — Tracy Vesper, the administrative assistant at Tunbridge Central School, has printed up little yellow slips of paper with her son’s cell phone number on them, distributing the makeshift cards to all of the school’s staff and teachers. It’s the best solution she could come up with …

Buffalo Hit With 5½ Feet, More to Come

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Buffalo, n.y. — Homeowners opened their front doors to find themselves sealed in by sheer walls of white. Shovelers turned walkways into head-high canyons. A woman gave birth in a firehouse after the snow prevented her from reaching …

Daughter a No-Show in Custody Case

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Concord — A decade after a mother fled to Central America with her 8-year-old, New Hampshire authorities and the woman’s ex-husband still don’t know where the daughter is. “It’s very hard for us to reconcile our mental image of her as a 7-year-old girl with the reality that …

Man Saves Baby From Sunken Car

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Portland, Maine — A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her …

Study: Mass. Schools Target Minorities

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Boston — Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor …

Vermonters Won’t Pay for ‘Stupid’ Remark

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Montpelier — An economist who said “the stupidity of the American voter” helped pass the complex federal health care law has agreed to finish his work on Vermont’s health insurance systems for free, a top state official said Wednesday. But the state will continue to pay assistants working …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Police: Father, Son Murdered; Vt. Woman Jailed Townshend, Vt. — A father and son were shot to death at a home in Townshend and a woman is being held without bail in connection with the shooting, Vermont State Police said Wednesday. Robin O’Neill, 62, is expected to be …

Conference Examines Aging Area

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Portsmouth, n.h. — Accommodating the needs of Northern New England’s aging population is both a struggle and a potential source for economic growth, speakers at a three-state summit said Tuesday. The median age in Maine — 43.9 years — is the nation’s highest, and Vermont and New Hampshire …