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The Rev. Christopher Coyne, center, is  formally installed as Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington, Vt., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.  Coyne said the church needs to shift from a "church of the establishment," where worshippers come to it, to a "missionary church" that goes out and engages a wider community. (AP Photo/Andy Duback)

Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop installed during Mass

Friday, January 30, 2015

Burlington — The Rev. Christopher Coyne, the Catholic Church’s first blogging priest to be elevated to a bishop, was formally installed as Vermont’s new Roman Catholic bishop during a Mass on Thursday attended by nearly 1,000 people including representatives of the diocese’s 73 parishes. Bishop Coyne said the church needs to shift from a “church of the establishment,” where worshippers …

Ex-Patriots Player Aaron Hernandez Stands Trial on Murder Charges

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fall River, Mass. — With his old team about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors showed the jury security-camera footage from Hernandez’s own home to tie him to the crime. Hernandez’s lawyer …

N.H. Bill Allows for Concealed Guns Without License

Friday, January 30, 2015

Concord — People who can legally own a gun in New Hampshire would be able to carry their firearm out of sight without having to get a separate license under a bill proposed by three Republican lawmakers, putting a renewed focus on the state’s power to regulate gun rights. The sponsors of the so-called “constitutional carry” bill say it would make New Hampshire …

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 …

After Budget Warning, Hassan Predicts $1 Million Surplus

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office is predicting the state will end the current budget cycle with a surplus, not the shortfall that lawmakers and budget writers have been warning of for months. Hassan’s office released a plan Wednesday projecting a $1 million surplus, partly dependent on several …

Vermont Says Progress Made In Opiate Fight

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Burlington — A year after Vermont grabbed national headlines when Gov. Peter Shumlin in his State of the State speech made fighting heroin and opiate abuse a priority, the state is treating 47 percent more patients, waiting lists …

Vermont Economy Boosted by Fuel Prices, But Revenues Lag

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Montpelier — Sharply dropping fuel prices are expected to provide a big boost to Vermont’s economy, but the near-term forecast for state revenues is still cloudy, two economists who advise the Legislature and administration said Tuesday. “Led by an epic plunge in oil and gasoline prices, steady job …

Vt. to House More Federal Prisoners

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Montpelier — A deal in the works to house more federal inmates in Vermont prisons will hamper the state’s effort to reduce the number of local prisoners incarcerated in Kentucky and Arizona, the corrections commissioner said Monday. Vermont contracts with the U.S. Marshals Service to house up to …