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Regional Courts Proposed in Vt.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Montpelier — New language adopted in the budget bill last week would authorize the judiciary branch to hold some hearings in courthouses that cover as many as four counties. The Senate Appropriations Committee accepted language that would allow the judicial branch to establish regions of up to four counties — a proposal termed “regional venue.” The plan would allow certain hearings for termination of parental rights cases to be held …

Lawyer Pleads For Marathon Bomber’s Life

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Boston — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers pleaded with a jury Monday to spare his life, portraying him as “a good kid” who was led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. David Bruck delivered the defense’s opening statement in the penalty phase of Tsarnaev’s trial, saying there …

Industry Moves to Block Genetically Modified Food Labeling

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Montpelier — Food industry lawyers say there’s not enough time to implement Vermont’s new labeling rules for genetically modified products before the July 2016 effective date and are asking a federal judge to block them. The legal skirmishing continues a year after Vermont passed a law aimed at making it the first state in the country to require labeling of food containing genetically …

Northern Stage Is Teaming Up With Counterpart Theaters

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dorset, Vt. — Northern Stage will wrap up the inaugural season at its new theater next spring by staging one of the comedies in Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy The Norman Conquests. Artistic director Carol Dunne this week announced the company’s plan to produce Living Together, the first Conquest play, …

Hassan: Casino Market Too Small

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan on Wednesday questioned whether New Hampshire could sustain two casinos but didn’t say if she would veto a two-casino bill currently making its way through the Legislature. “I don’t think the market supports a second casino,” she said. “I’ll have to understand what …

Overhaul of Boston’s T Proposed

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Boston — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing major changes to Boston’s public transit system after pounding snowstorms this winter slowed the nation’s oldest subway system to a crawl, frustrating hundreds of thousands of riders. Baker filed a bill Wednesday that would create a new Fiscal Management and …

Vt. AG Adopts GMO Labeling Rules for Food Retailers

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office adopted new regulations last week for labeling food products containing genetically engineered ingredients sold in Vermont after July 1, 2016. The regulations require manufacturers to place a label anywhere on the package where it can be “easily found” with guidelines on …

Vaccine Exemption Might Go

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Montpelier — The state Senate voted Wednesday to end the philosophical exemption for childhood vaccinations and to make the full range of shots a condition for enrolling in school. The Senate’s 18-11 vote came on an amendment to a House bill that now returns to that chamber to …

Defiant Tsarnaev Shown to Jury

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Boston — First, the jury was shown large, vibrant pictures of the four people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Then prosecutors pulled out the photo they saved for last: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev giving the finger to the security camera in his jail cell. “This is …

Vt. Weighs Spit Drug Test

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont is one of a growing number of states looking at following Colorado and Washington’s lead by legalizing marijuana, but there’s a problem. How can police identify those too stoned to drive? The House Transportation Committee is considering a bill that would allow police to use …

N.H. House Panel Eyes Bill for Balsams Project

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Concord — A roster of residents from the economically distressed North Country took to the podium Tuesday at a public hearing to urge passage of a measure that could help an ambitious plan to redevelop the shuttered Balsams resort in Coos County. Closed businesses, high unemployment and an …

Vt. AG Criticized Over Finances

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Montpelier — Attorney General William Sorrell on Monday rejected a request by a Republican Party official that Sorrell appoint an independent counsel to investigate his political practices and whether he violated campaign finance laws. The attorney general, whose …

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 …