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An early map of the New England highway system, published in Sargent's Handbook of New England in 1916, shows the first layout of Route 12.

Summer Journey: New England’s Lost Highway

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Nothing buzzes like a summer road trip; windows down, ideally a sunroof open and a scenic two-lane road along the shore or through the woods. New England is full of beautiful highways, to say nothing of the back roads. Route 100 through the Green Mountains, the Kancamagus Highway through the White Mountains, U.S. Route 7 through the Berkshires, Route 133 on the North Shore of Massachusetts, any road in the Northeast Kingdom. I could go right now. Who’s with me? As beautiful as those drives through postcard New England are, there’s another road, a sort of lost highway that should be nearer and dearer to …

Hassan Vetoes Concealed Carry Bill

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan stood firm Monday against Republican-led efforts to roll back the state law regulating who can carry hidden guns. In her veto message, Hassan said a bill to remove the licensing requirement for carrying concealed firearms would undo the state’s “common sense” gun laws. “New Hampshire’s current concealed carry permitting law has worked well for nearly a century — …

Woman Dies at Vermont Gorge

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Richmond, Vt. — The state’s beautiful but often deadly Huntington Gorge has taken another life. Police said 22-year-old Elanie Santor was walking with two companions on Sunday when she lost her footing and fell into the rushing, rain-swollen Huntington River, The Burlington Free Press reported. Rescue divers pulled her body from the water …

Feds OK N.H. Medicaid Billing System

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Concord — The state’s long-delayed Medicaid billing system has finally received certification from the federal government, officials said Monday, making the state eligible for several years’ worth of back payments in federal money. Officials from Norwalk, Connecticut-based Xerox, the company that built and runs the system, plan to …

Police ID Mass. Plane Crash Victims

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Plainville, Mass. — The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday. Plainville police Chief …

Power Plant Ruling Panned in New England

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Montpelier — A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants. But several government officials and environmental group lawyers said the court’s finding — that …

Bulger to Students: Crime Doesn’t Pay

Monday, June 29, 2015

Boston — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had some advice for three high school girls who wrote to him for a history project: Crime doesn’t pay. The 85-year-old sent the handwritten letter, dated Feb. 24, from …

Vt. Senators Weigh In on Their Colleague

Monday, June 29, 2015

Montpelier — Fourteen of state Sen. Norm McAllister’s 29 Senate colleagues say they would vote to expel him from that body based on what they know now about the criminal sex charges he is facing, an Associated Press survey of senators found. Five senators said they would not …

Vermont Worried About Transportation Funding

Monday, June 29, 2015

Montpelier (ap) — Amid mounting concerns that Congress won’t pass a long-term federal transportation bill this year, Vermont state officials have developed a contingency plan to make sure projects stay on schedule. The Senate Public Works committee unanimously supported a plan this week to allocate $278 billion to …

A President From N.H.? Unlikely

Monday, June 29, 2015

Concord — When it comes to presidents, New Hampshire is much better at picking them than producing them. While the 14th president, Franklin Pierce, was a New Hampshire native, no one else has come close in the 100 years since the state began holding statewide presidential primary elections. …

Abundance of Rain Challenges Farmers

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Montpelier — Farmers welcomed the rain after a dry spring but an abundance of it in June has saturated some low-lying crops, made fields too muddy for farm machinery and delayed the crucial first cutting of hay for …

Police: Surviving Escapee Could Face a Harder Time Alone

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Malone, N.Y. — With his escape partner killed, the surviving convicted murderer who pulled off an elaborate breakout from a maximum-security prison three weeks ago could have a tougher time eluding the army of searchers scouring miles of …

Region Readying for Range of New Laws

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Concord — Hands-free driving in the “Live Free or Die” state and a tax on even the smallest vacation rentals in Rhode Island are just two of the new laws taking effect in New England on July 1. Connecticut is cracking down on the use of restraints on …