State / Region

Fishing Regulators Approve Habitat Changes

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Portland, Maine — Federal fishery regulators say they will keep much-debated protections for Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine in place as part of a broad effort to alter the scope of New England’s fishing grounds. The decision to preserve Cashes Ledge came as the New England Fishery Management Council debated changes to habitat protections in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, southern New England waters and other key …

Marathon Bomber Trial Puts Focus on Boston’s Muslims

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Boston — Boston’s Muslim community has been once again thrust into the spotlight as the death penalty trial of convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev nears its conclusion amid rising concerns of terrorist recruitment in America. Newspaper op-eds, advertisements and social media posts have highlighted connections between Boston-area mosques and terrorists and suspected terrorists, …

Vt. Ban on Trashing Recyclables Looms

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Montpelier — Vermonters should think twice before throwing that empty water bottle in the trash bin. Starting July 1, recyclables such as metal, glass, certain plastics and paper will be banned from landfills as part of a goal of recycling and composting certain solid waste by 2020. For trash haulers that do not already collect recyclables, that means a change. “The idea behind …

119th Boston Marathon

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Boston — Lelisa Desisa won his first Boston Marathon in 2013. He didn’t have much time to celebrate. A few hours after Desisa broke the tape on Boylston Street on Patriots’ Day, two bombs near the finish line …

Vt. College Partners With Feds Online

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Montpelier — The federal government is working with Vermont’s Champlain College to provide online educational and training opportunities to millions of federal civilian employees and their dependents at up to 70 percent off the regular cost, officials said Monday. The partnership between the federal Office of Personnel Management …

Series of Snowstorms Pushed Up N.H.’s Cost by $9 Million

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Concord — This winter’s series of heavy snowfalls put a $9.2 million hurt on the state’s annual snow removal budget and led to a raid on the fund that pays for road and bridge repair and maintenance, according to figures compiled by the Department of Transportation. Data updated …

Tax Capacity Controversy Stirs Vermont

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The policy group Public Assets Institute asserts the state has capacity to raise more revenue based on its interpretation of data released by the Vermont Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office. The Joint Fiscal Office published a bar chart that shows the relationship between state spending and the gross state …

Gov. Shumlin’s Political Clout in Doubt

Monday, April 20, 2015

Montpelier — Some say he’s down. Some say he’s out. Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’s neither. As the Legislature prepared to enter the final weeks of the 2015 session, the Democratic governor this past week offered an upbeat …

Fake Distress Calls Are Costly, Put Crews at Risk

Monday, April 20, 2015

South Portland, Maine (ap) — Coast Guard officials are warning the public of the consequences of making hoax distress calls in the wake of a Maine man pleading guilty to the offense. Coast Guard officials say they respond to an average of 12 distress calls on a typical …

Bill Proposes To Streamline Felony Process

Monday, April 20, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Judicial Branch wants to streamline how felony cases are handled, saving time and money and overhauling a process that dates back to when judges rode horses to court and grand juries convened only twice a year. The bill has the support of most …

Crowded 2016 Field Excites N.H. Republican Voters

Monday, April 20, 2015

Nashua — For New Hampshire Republicans, the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign feel like an embarrassment of riches. The state’s notoriously fickle, independent-minded voters are relishing a wide-open Republican race and are in no hurry to …

N.H. Liquor Panel Warns of Mass. Competitor

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Concord — The state Liquor Commission is warning lawmakers that a new spirits retailer planning to expand in Massachusetts could be a drain on New Hampshire sales. Maryland-based Total Wine & More, a big-box national chain, is set …

New England’s Long Winter Delays Gardening Season

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Montpelier — The historic barrage of snow and cold that struck New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses — and gardeners clamoring to get their hands in …