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Vt. AG Drops Probe

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Montpelier — The state Attorney General’s Office has dropped its criminal investigation into whether an environmental activist operated as a lawyer without a law license in her advocacy for critics of large-scale wind and solar power projects before state regulators. The office said on Monday it had examined the claims against Annette Smith and decided to take no action. News of the investigation had prompted a public outcry from Smith’s …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Newport Elementary Principal Resigns From Post Newport — Newport School District Elementary Principal Peter Durso has resigned from his position due to personal reasons, SAU 43 Superintendent Cynthia Gallagher said in a news release on Monday. Durso, who assumed the post in August 2015, will continue to work for the district through February 19th. Gallagher will serve as interim principal until a permanent …

Purple Heart Connects Newport Family

Monday, February 8, 2016

Concord — A Purple Heart awarded to a soldier from New Hampshire killed in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge that turned up recently after a woman’s death has brought together two branches of a family that never knew of the other’s existence. Eugene Victor Call, a U.S. Army technician, was killed March 2, 1945, with seven other platoon members near Kapellen, …

The Outside Story: Have You Seen a Mountain Lion?

Monday, February 1, 2016

In the photo, the mountain lion lies on its side on the shoulder of a Connecticut parkway. Tail lights shine in the distance. A Connecticut state trooper snapped the photo after a motorist had struck and killed the …

New Rail Link to Maine Waterfront Now Operating

Monday, February 1, 2016

Portland, Maine — Freight trains are rolling through New England carrying the first-ever shipping containers loaded on the Portland waterfront. The new train service is the product of years of planning and millions in public and private investment, with the goal of connecting this once-thriving port by rail …

Photographers Also Battle in N.H. Primary

Monday, February 1, 2016

Concord — Decades ago, the fierce competition to win the New Hampshire primary wasn’t limited to the presidential candidates. News photographers also fought to be first. In just over a week, voters in three tiny northern towns will cast their ballots at midnight, delivering the debut results of …

3 N.H. Towns Vote at Midnight

Monday, February 1, 2016

Under New Hampshire state law, communities with fewer than 100 voters can get permission to open their polls at midnight. On Feb. 9, three tiny northern towns will share the spotlight when their residents cast the first ballots in the presidential primary: Hart’s Location Nestled in the middle …

Vt. Energy Project Foe Faces Criminal Probe

Monday, February 1, 2016

Montpelier — Annette Smith has been fighting the power for more than 15 years, tenaciously opposing energy projects she believes harm the environment or quality of life in Vermont. Now she is the target of a criminal investigation …

Site Where Salem’s ‘Witches’ Killed Is Next to a Walgreens

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The morning of June 10, 1692, started with a hanging. Bridget Bishop, a local woman convicted of witchcraft — though it’s more likely her only crimes were promiscuity (by Puritans’ strict standards) and a tendency to gossip — was escorted to a prominent spot near Salem, Mass. Her …

Pork Rinds, Scissors, Surplus Centers Have It

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Concord — In the market for a crate of Boston and Harvard hoodies and baby onesies? How about a suitcase full of pork rinds? Seek out your nearest state surplus store, where many airports nationwide send their unclaimed …

Falling off the Federal Help Spectrum

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Who Will Be Affected?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jefferson City, Mo. — Federal rules that took effect this month in many states will require some adult food aid recipients to work if they want to continue receiving federally funded benefits. The requirements generally are kicking in because unemployment rates have fallen. Here are some questions and …

A State-by-State Look at Work Waivers

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The federal government ended statewide work waivers this year for certain adults receiving aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, sometimes referred to as food stamps. In some cases, states were able to retain work waivers for certain …