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Bruno Calumbi, of Newport, N.H., had just purchased a hands-free device at Best Buy in West Lebanon, N.H., on July 2, 2015. Before heading out on his motorcycle, he was setting up the device. Calumbi said he would also be using it when driving his car.  (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Hand-Held Devices Banned

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Following in Vermont’s footsteps, New Hampshire last week put in place a law that makes it illegal for drivers to hold a cellphone to their ear while driving, a measure both states hope will cut down on distracted driving. New Hampshire’s law, like Vermont’s, mandates that drivers using electronic devices have hands-free use of them while driving, meaning that motorists …

Rent Subsidies at Risk at More Area Apartments

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Charlestown — Tenants in Pine Tree Lane Apartments in West Lebanon are not the only New Hampshire residents in danger of seeing their homes become unaffordable because of the impending loss of rental subsidies. Dozens of other residents who now receive the same type of rental assistance find themselves in a similar situation …

Construction on R.I. Nightclub Fire Memorial to Begin

Sunday, July 5, 2015

West Warwick, R.I. — The first phase of construction for a scaled-down memorial at the site of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people is set to begin, and the head of the nonprofit group that has worked for years to build it says it expects to complete it by the spring. The …

Planning Key to N.H. Transit

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nashua, n.h. — Business and planning experts say a coordinated approach to transportation that includes road and rail is needed to keep New Hampshire’s economy competitive and commuters flowing in and out of the state. But any plan …

Local & Regional Briefs for Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sunday Vigil Planned for Shooting Victim Windsor — A candlelight vigil for Molly Helland, the 23-year-old Windsor woman who was shot and killed by her estranged boyfriend, will be held Sunday night. A public celebration of her life is planned for 8 p.m. Sunday on the common in …

Rep. Welch to Skip Race for Vermont Governor

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont Congressman Peter Welch announced Friday that he’s passing up a possible campaign for governor in 2016 and will seek re-election to the U.S. House, opening the field for other Democratic candidates. Welch, 68, said he …

Escapee Killed By Police

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Malone, n.y. — One of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison three weeks ago was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in a wooded area about 30 miles from …

As Expected, Hassan Vetoes N.H. Budget

Friday, June 26, 2015

Concord — As promised, Gov. Maggie Hassan on Thursday vetoed the $11.3 billion budget passed by the New Hampshire Legislature, saying it is unbalanced, makes false promises about what it funds and gives unpaid-for tax giveaways to big corporations. The Republican-led Legislature passed both the two-year budget plan …

Panel Puts Off Review of Inmate Deaths in Vermont Prisons

Friday, June 26, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Legislature’s Corrections Oversight Committee came in for some criticism Thursday over its decision not to look immediately into the recent deaths of three prison inmates. Annette Douglas, an inmate nearing release from the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, died in January of complications from a …

Man in Death Penalty Retrial Accused of Stabbing

Friday, June 26, 2015

Burlington — A man facing a federal death penalty retrial in the killing of a Vermont supermarket worker 15 years ago has been accused in a lawsuit of stabbing another inmate when he was on death row. Donald Fell was convicted and sentenced to death a decade ago …

Most Vermont Killings Are Domestic Violence

Friday, June 26, 2015

Montpelier — Earlier this month, Jason Kendall shot his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend near Main Street in Windsor, according to the Vermont State Police. Days later he was found by Kansas police dead of apparent suicide. The homicide was not an anomaly; according to data from the Vermont Domestic Violence …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

Humvee Rolls Over On Interstate 89 in Hartford Hartford — A military vehicle crash at the Interstate 89 and Interstate 91 junction left a Humvee totaled and two members of the Massachusetts National Guard injured on Thursday, according …

Agencies Left in Limbo After Budget Veto

Friday, June 26, 2015

Concord — While lawmakers gear up for another round of budget discussions that will likely last through fall, some state departments and service providers are settling in for months of uncertainty. “We’re just kind of sitting and waiting,” said Tym Rourke, chairman a commission that oversees a state …