State / Region

N.H. House to Vote on Tanning Ban

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Concord — Before Jay Farley died from melanoma last year at the age of 30, he asked his parents to educate others about the dangers of using a tanning bed, which doctors linked to his cancer. Gary and Brenda Farley, of Danville, N.H., are now urging New Hampshire lawmakers to pass a bill that would ban anyone under 18 from using tanning beds; 11 other states and the District of …

Marathon Trial Begins In Boston

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Boston — In the two years since twin bombs tore through crowds at the Boston Marathon finish line, the case against suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has focused on arguments over where his trial should be held, who should sit on the jury and what evidence prosecutors should be allowed to use. But starting today, …

Vt. Teachers Vow Spending Cap Fight

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Montpelier — House lawmakers have spent much of the 2015 legislative session looking for ways to curb the growth of property taxes. Their new plan to impose spending caps on school budgets might help accomplish that goal. But it has also earned legislators some new and powerful enemies. “It is an assault on voters’ intelligence to suggest that they don’t know how to …

EPA Could Push Tougher Rules for Cleanup of Lake Champlain Cleanup

Monday, February 23, 2015

Montpelier — Reducing the amount of phosphorus in Lake Champlain could be the responsibility of the federal government if a plan being reviewed by the state falls through, a development that could mean big bills to upgrade sewage treatment plants. Vermont cities and towns could face more than …

N.H. Struggles With Workers’ Comp Costs

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concord — If a worker in New Hampshire gets hurt on the job, an anesthetic injection can cost $763 under a workers’ compensation claim, compared to $298 for non-work related injuries. Surgical treatment for tendinitis in the shoulder costs about $2,200 if the injury happened at work, compared …

Poll Finds Most Support Increasing Investment Taxes on Wealthy

Monday, February 23, 2015

Washington — The rich aren’t taxed enough and the middle class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they’re too high as well. Those are the results of an Associated Press-GfK poll that found that most people in the United States support President Obama’s …

New Contract Ends Strike At FairPoint

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concord — The largest major work stoppage in the United States last year officially came to an end Sunday. Union members in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont ratified a collective bargaining agreement Sunday with their employer, FairPoint Communications, ending a strike that began in October. With 1,700 telecommunications …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concord Breaks Cold Weather Record for Feb. 21 Concord — New Hampshire’s capitol city set a new cold weather record at minus-17 degrees. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine say that temperature — recorded Saturday — is the coldest Feb. 21st on record in 146 …

Marijuana Forum Set In Hartland

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hartland — A free forum on the issue of legalizing marijuana in Vermont is set for Thursday, at 7 p.m., at Damon Hall. The forum, hosted by the Windsor County Democratic Committee, will present both sides of the question, which state legislators will consider this session. Speakers Matt …

More Cold Temps Coming as Another Storm Hits East Coast

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The latest in a seemingly unending parade of snowstorms moved over the East Coast on Saturday, dropping a wintry mix as far south as northern Georgia and potentially causing more headaches for snow-weary New England. The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to bring 6 inches …

Vt. Highway Spending Boosted by Disaster Funding

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Montpelier — Despite a decrease in real dollars that Vermont has received from the federal Highway Trust Fund over the past five years the state has increased spending on highway projects — reducing its backlog of structurally deficient bridges and catching up on much-needed paving projects. Federal statistics …

Unions, FairPoint Have Deal

Friday, February 20, 2015

Portland, Maine — Northern New England’s primary landline provider, FairPoint Communications, and two unions representing more than 1,700 workers have reached a tentative agreement to end a four-month strike, officials announced Thursday. A joint statement from the company and unions didn’t provide any details of the proposal that …

Lawyers Ask U.S. Appeals Court To Move Marathon Bombing Trial

Friday, February 20, 2015

Boston — In a federal appeals court Thursday, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team argued that what the federal district court has been doing for 51/2 weeks — interviewing prospective jurors — is essentially meaningless. The saturation of media coverage …