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Elizabeth McKinstry, from left, Matt Cheselka, Jason Sorens, and Tim Condon, celebrate the selection of New Hampshire as the winner of a vote to bring 20,000 liberty-minded Americans to a "free state" after announcing the choice, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, in New York.  Sorens, second from right, is president and founder of the Free State Party, whose members voted New Hampshire as the battleground for what the group calls the biggest experiment in democracy since the Revolutionary War.  McKinstry is from Ann Arbor, Mich., Cheselka is from southeastern Arizona, Sorens is from New Haven, Conn., and Condon is from Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

N.H. Senate Candidate Runs ‘Protest Campaign’

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Grafton — The Free State Project activist challenging state Sen. Jeanie Forrester in New Hampshire’s Sept. 9 Republican primary is running what he calls a “protest campaign” from his home in Florida. Although Tim Condon, R-Grafton, wants Forrester to rethink her voting record, by no means does he intend to replace her. “If I were elected, first of all, the …

Douglas’ Memoir Discusses Gay Marriage

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Montpelier — Former Gov. Jim Douglas says he was acting on conscience in 2009 when he vetoed a gay marriage law that had been passed by the state Legislature. In a frank new memoir being released Wednesday, the 63-year-old Douglas said that he had no objection to same-sex couples forming relationships and that …

U.S. Senate Hopefuls Differ On Wage Issue

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Concord — None of the top Republicans running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire wants to increase the federal minimum wage, and one of them wants to get rid of it altogether. President Obama has made increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 a second-term political priority, and he signed an executive order in February requiring federal contractors to …

UNH Starts Community Care Program

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Durham, N.H. (ap) — The University of New Hampshire has created a program to fill a need expressed by medical and social service professionals to bridge services provided by hospitals and those in the community. The certificate program in community care coordination includes courses in a variety of …

Ex-FBI Director Says He’s Thankful for Support

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Montpelier — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said Friday he was grateful for the care and support he has received since he was injured this week in a Vermont car crash. Freeh issued a statement through the office …

N.H. Killers Will Receive New Hearings

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Concord — Four men convicted of murder as teenagers should receive new sentencing hearings in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, New Hampshire’s Supreme Court ruled Friday. The New …

N.H. Education Tax Credit Stays

Friday, August 29, 2014

Concord — The state Supreme Court has left intact a New Hampshire law that creates a business education tax credit to fund scholarships to private schools. In its unanimous ruling Thursday, the justices vacated a lower court ruling that deemed unconstitutional part of the law making religious school …

FairPoint Declares Impasse; Unions Disagree

Friday, August 29, 2014

Portland, Maine — The telephone service provider for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont declared an impasse after four months of labor negotiations, while more than 1,700 workers for the company were advised by union officials Thursday to be on “standby” for a possible strike or lockout. The International …

GOP Senate Hopefuls Argue Credentials

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Concord — With primary rivals questioning his conservatism and consistency, Republican Scott Brown said Wednesday that he had been the most bipartisan U.S. senator with a record of accomplishments “second to none” during his three years in Washington. …

Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Marries His Nurse

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Boston — If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D’Agostino seem to have found it. Sixteen months after the attack killed three people and injured more than 260, including Costello, …

U.S. Journalist Thankful For Work to Secure Freedom

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. — A U.S. journalist speaking publicly for the first time since his release from a Syrian extremist group said Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many “brave, determined and big-hearted” people were behind …

Vermont GOP U.S. House Race Goes to Donka

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Montpelier — For the second time in two years, Mark Donka has won the Republican nomination to try to unseat Vermont U.S. Rep. Peter Welch. A final vote count Wednesday showed Donka the winner of one of the tightest primary races in memory against Don Russell and Donald …

Lawsuit Says Vt. DCF Ignored Ludlow Abuse

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Montpelier — A lawsuit has been filed against the Vermont Department for Children and Families alleging its social workers failed to act on reports of abuse and neglect of two Ludlow children for four years until local police intervened. Brattleboro lawyers Tom Costello and Sharon Gentry provided copies …