State / Region

Purple Heart Connects Newport Family

Monday, February 8, 2016

Concord — A Purple Heart awarded to a soldier from New Hampshire killed in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge that turned up recently after a woman’s death has brought together two branches of a family that never knew of the other’s existence. Eugene Victor Call, a U.S. Army technician, was killed March 2, 1945, with seven other platoon members near Kapellen, Germany, at 32. He was assigned to …

Heroin Scourge Changes Role of Police in Hard-Hit Areas

Monday, February 8, 2016

Cincinnati — Forehead furrowed, a woman drags on a Camel cigarette, admitting she has only vague memories of nearly dying five days earlier. Some flashes of images of being inside an ambulance. Waking up in a hospital bed. No recognition, though, of the solidly built, 6-foot-4 blue-uniformed police officer now leaning against a wall in her kitchen, having returned not to arrest her, …

Mass. Plan Could Signal Hydro Arrival To Region

Monday, February 8, 2016

Boston — Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region. The move is not without doubters, and the question of how to deliver Canadian hydro on a large scale remains …

Photographers Also Battle in N.H. Primary

Monday, February 1, 2016

Concord — Decades ago, the fierce competition to win the New Hampshire primary wasn’t limited to the presidential candidates. News photographers also fought to be first. In just over a week, voters in three tiny northern towns will cast their ballots at midnight, delivering the debut results of …

3 N.H. Towns Vote at Midnight

Monday, February 1, 2016

Under New Hampshire state law, communities with fewer than 100 voters can get permission to open their polls at midnight. On Feb. 9, three tiny northern towns will share the spotlight when their residents cast the first ballots in the presidential primary: Hart’s Location Nestled in the middle …

Vt. Energy Project Foe Faces Criminal Probe

Monday, February 1, 2016

Montpelier — Annette Smith has been fighting the power for more than 15 years, tenaciously opposing energy projects she believes harm the environment or quality of life in Vermont. Now she is the target of a criminal investigation …

Site Where Salem’s ‘Witches’ Killed Is Next to a Walgreens

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The morning of June 10, 1692, started with a hanging. Bridget Bishop, a local woman convicted of witchcraft — though it’s more likely her only crimes were promiscuity (by Puritans’ strict standards) and a tendency to gossip — was escorted to a prominent spot near Salem, Mass. Her …

Pork Rinds, Scissors, Surplus Centers Have It

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Concord — In the market for a crate of Boston and Harvard hoodies and baby onesies? How about a suitcase full of pork rinds? Seek out your nearest state surplus store, where many airports nationwide send their unclaimed …

Falling off the Federal Help Spectrum

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Who Will Be Affected?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jefferson City, Mo. — Federal rules that took effect this month in many states will require some adult food aid recipients to work if they want to continue receiving federally funded benefits. The requirements generally are kicking in because unemployment rates have fallen. Here are some questions and …

A State-by-State Look at Work Waivers

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The federal government ended statewide work waivers this year for certain adults receiving aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, sometimes referred to as food stamps. In some cases, states were able to retain work waivers for certain …

Mass. Changes How It Approaches Drug Use

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Boston — Jail time is out. Treatment is in. Spurred by a seemingly intractable opioid crisis that has claimed thousands of Massachusetts lives in recent years, political leaders have undergone a revolution in the way they view drug users. Even Gov. Charlie Baker — whose old Statehouse boss, …

Blizzard Ranks Fourth Among Worst in Northeast

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hagerstown, Md. — Last weekend’s blizzard was the fourth most powerful snowstorm to hit the Northeast in at least 66 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. The agency gave the storm a rating of 7.66 …