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VLS Report Shows School’s Impact on State

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

South Royalton — In an effort to communicate Vermont Law School’s role as an “important economic and social player” in the state, the school has released a report saying that it contributed $30.5 million in direct expenditures and 376 jobs to the Vermont economy in 2014. Commissioned by the law school and prepared by Nicolas Rockler of Massachusetts-based consultants Kavet, Rockler & Associates LLC, the report finds that VLS “has …

Defense Rests in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Boston — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense admitted during opening statements that Tsarnaev participated in the bombings. But Tsarnaev’s lawyer said he was a troubled 19-year-old who …

Meals on Wheels Could See Cuts

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lebanon — Despite the efforts of some state legislators to preserve funding for elder services in the biennial budget process, Grafton County officials said that the deep cuts proposed could make it harder for Granite State senior citizens to live independently. The Republican-dominated House Finance Committee last week approved a $10.6 million decrease …

Vt. Cops Tipped on Durst in 2012 in Middlebury Student’s ’71 Disappearance

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Middlebury, Vt. — A 2012 tip led investigators to look into whether millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst played a role in the 1971 disappearance and presumed death of a Middlebury College freshman, police said Tuesday. The tip …

State: FairPoint Failed to Credit Vermonters After Outages

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Montpelier — The state says thousands of Vermonters who lost telephone service in recent months should have received credit on their bills from FairPoint Communications. At issue is whether the company has violated a Vermont Public Service Board rule that requires landline telephone providers to give automatic refunds …

N.H. House Budget Set for Vote

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Concord — The House Finance Committee finalized its budget proposal Tuesday and it will now move for a full House vote next week, where it is likely to face further scrutiny and several amendments. The House budget proposal increases general fund spending over the current biennium by roughly …

Sugar Makers Uneasy as Cold Continues, Short Season Looms

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Strafford — What is often a busy time for the Upper Valley’s sugaring community has become a bit of a thumb-twiddler, as extended cold temperatures are keeping the sap in the trees and buckets mostly bare. “We’re kind of tapped out,” said Keith Fifield, of Fifield’s Sugarhouse in …

Too Late to Discipline N.H. Rep.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Concord — A New Hampshire legislator won’t face discipline for comments he made linking abortion to an effort by a group of fourth-graders to have the state name an official raptor, an official said Monday. New Hampshire House Clerk Paul Smith said that any discipline of Rep. Warren …

N.H. Panel Approves Cuts To Hassan Plan

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire House budget writers began approving a budget bill Monday that eliminates Medicaid expansion, substantially changes school funding and does not give state employees a raise they recently negotiated with the governor’s office. The House Finance Committee will continue voting on changes to Democratic Gov. …

Vt. House Committee Budget Closes Windsor Prison, Keeps Inmates In-State

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Montpelier — Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee were left with relief and a $113 surplus after unanimously approving a fiscal year 2016 state budget plan Monday. The proposed budget includes a plan to close the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor in 2017 without sending inmates out …

Conference Highlights Canadian Power Sources

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Burlington — There is an abundance of clean electricity in eastern Canada waiting to be sent to the energy-hungry states of New England, officials said Monday at an international energy conference. A number of projects are underway to help move that power south, but officials from both the …

Nightclub Fire Memorial Planned for 2016

Monday, March 23, 2015

Warwick, R.i. — The group planning a memorial to 100 people killed in a 2003 nightclub fire has raised one-fourth of the money needed to build and maintain the project, and its leader said Sunday she expects it …

Newport, SoRo Among Book Grant Recipients

Monday, March 23, 2015

Concord — Eight schools in New Hampshire and Vermont are sharing a $25,000 grant for the 2015-2016 year to support literacy programs, events, professional development and buy new books. In New Hampshire, the Children’s Literacy Foundation grant is going to Groveton Elementary School, Paul Smith School in Franklin, …