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People walk through the snow on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Chicago. A storm system diving out of the Midwest has the potential to slowly coat from Philadelphia up to Massachusetts and Maine with snow beginning late Sunday night into Monday and intensifying greatly well into Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Winter Storm Heading for Northeast

Monday, January 26, 2015

Concord (ap) — Hardware stores were doing a brisk business in shovels and ice melting products and plow crews are resting up and checking equipment in advance of a storm that could dump more than a foot of snow on much of northern New England. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch beginning at 10 p.m. today …

Concern Over Sex Offender Registry in Vt.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers are grappling with how close to perfect the state’s sex offender registry needs to be before offenders’ addresses are posted online. Vermont in 2009 passed a law saying the registry had to have a clean audit from the state auditor of accounts before addresses could be posted. A 2010 audit found many errors; a follow-up audit last July found …

Finding a ‘Death-Qualified’ Jury Slows Cases

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boston — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. “I would sentence him to death,” he said, then added: “I can’t imagine any evidence that would change how I feel about what happened.” …

Last Hours of Woman’s Life Revealed in Robarge Trial

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Newport — A daughter of a Charlestown woman prosecutors say was killed by her estranged husband on the day she filed for divorce testified Friday that her father wanted to move back into their Charlestown home, but her …

Hassan: Let Cops Treat Overdoses

Friday, January 16, 2015

Concord — Police officers may soon be able to administer an emergency treatment for heroin and opioid overdoses, a step public safety officials and Gov. Maggie Hassan say is critical to combating the state’s heroin epidemic. Under current law, only licensed emergency medical technicians, who include many firefighters, …

Shumlin Seeks Payroll Tax For Medicaid

Friday, January 16, 2015

Montpelier — Single-payer might be off the table, but health care still topped the agenda at Gov. Peter Shumlin’s third-term budget address. The governor is proposing a 0.7 percent payroll tax, generating $82.8 million, to bring Medicaid payments to doctors and hospitals up to the level of Medicare, …

Boston’s Interstate 93 Blocked By Chained Demonstrators

Friday, January 16, 2015

Boston — Activists protesting what they call “police and state violence against black people” chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels and blocked a busy Boston-area highway at the height of the Thursday morning commute. State police shut down northbound Interstate 93 south of the city, and I-93 south, in …

N.H. Board Urges State: Focus on Utility Issue

Friday, January 16, 2015

Concord (ap) — The state’s Public Utilities Commission said Thursday it will pause its review of a reimbursement issue regarding New Hampshire’s largest utility while lawmakers try to forge a solution. But the regulatory body said it would not delay study on the effects that continued Public Service …

Shumlin Reverses Course On Records Disclosure

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin has reversed course and is withholding from the public some of the documents that helped shape his decision to shelve his push for a single-payer health care plan. When he announced last month that he was dropping the main goal of his administration, …

Bill Expands On Reporting Of Abuse

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Montpelier — Any caregiver who knows a child is in danger of abuse but doesn’t report it could face a felony charge carrying a 10-year penalty under pending state legislation. House and Senate judiciary and human services committees were given details of the bill by legislative staff on …

Paul: Some Game System for Undeserved Disability Cash

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Manchester, n.h. — Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that some people “game the system” to receive disability payments they don’t deserve and later criticized the federal government for not doing an adequate job policing a system he …

Stark Contrast Between Vt. Schools

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Montpelier — Rebecca Holcombe, the secretary of the Agency of Education, presented two scenarios to lawmakers on Friday. School A has 300 students and a long list of science classes and several science teachers, including a few Advanced Placement classes, while School B has 80 students with one …

N.H. Filmmakers Plan Market Basket Documentary

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Using footage from weeks on the front lines of rallies and protests, two New Hampshire filmmakers are producing a documentary on the fight for control of Market Basket. Jay Childs of JBC Films and Melissa Paly of Current …