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This photo provided by Brookline Auction Gallery of Brookline, N.H., Friday, April 18, 2014, shows a watercolor by Robert Childress and photos of the model used to paint it. The portrait is of Dick of the Dick and Jane series of books that helped teach generations of children to read. The portrait along with other artwork by Childress is being auctioned off this month. (AP Photo/Brookline Auction Gallery)

‘Dick and Jane’ Artwork to Be Auctioned

Monday, April 21, 2014

Brookline, n.h. — In the portrait, the little boy’s blue eyes twinkle as he looks straight ahead. His apple cheeks shine. There’s a gap in his teeth, and his reddish-brown hair is just slightly tousled. He’s an All-American boy. He’s Dick, of the illustrated Dick and Jane series that helped teach generations to read from the 1930s to the 1970s. He’s also Nancy Childress’ childhood neighbor and the model for the drawing by her father, Robert Childress, that along with Jane, Sally, Spot and others brought the pages of the reader to life. Nancy Childress is selling her father’s artwork at auction in New Hampshire …

Schools Slash Heating Bills With Stimulus Project Using Wood Products

Monday, April 21, 2014

Portland, Maine — Years after federal stimulus dollars funded a Maine Forest Service Project to heat with local wood products, schools and other facilities report they have slashed energy bills in half while supporting jobs in the state’s struggling timber industry. However, some project managers say because they had to borrow money to participate, the effort left them with hefty repayment plans that …

N.H. Senate to Vote on Fetal Homicide Bill

Monday, April 21, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire’s Senate is voting whether to treat a fetus who dies in a homicide as a person even if the mother lives. The House bill would let judges hand out stiffer sentences if the woman is pregnant when she dies, but critics say the fetus’ death should be a crime if the mother lives. A Senate committee is recommending that …

Granite State Bat Population Still Shrinking

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Concord — White nose syndrome continues to devastate New Hampshire’s bat population, even as other states report signs of recovery. Biologists surveying caves and mines where bats spend the winter found only 28 bats, dashing hopes that this year might mark a turning point after several years of …

Medicaid Decision Hits N.H.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Concord — A second Superior Court judge has ruled the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax is unconstitutional, opening a multi-million dollar hole in the state budget. Known by the acronym MET, the tax has been levied on hospitals, but not other health providers that performed the same services. The …

Paul in N.H. Laying Groundwork for ’16

Saturday, April 12, 2014

To win in 2014 and beyond, Republicans must expand their message rather than dilute it, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, told a crowd in Dover yesterday. Paul, considered a potential 2016 candidate, spoke before about 100 …

Taking Stock of Vermont’s Architecture

Friday, April 11, 2014

For a state that’s defined as much by its small villages and civic cohesiveness as it is by its green hills, Vermont gets only modest notice for its architecture. Or maybe it’s because of those small villages with …

Casino Backers Add Incentive To N.H. Bill

Friday, April 11, 2014

Concord — Gambling supporters are sweetening the pot by including $25 million in aid to communities in the latest bill to legalize casinos in New Hampshire, but opponents told a House committee Thursday it is a false promise. Casino supporters told the Ways and Means Committee the money …

N.H. Panel Endorses Death Penalty Repeal Measure

Friday, April 11, 2014

Concord — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday revisited the idea of repealing New Hampshire’s death penalty and recommended that it pass, setting up a potentially historic vote in the chamber next week. The bill represents the most energetic recent effort to repeal the state’s centuries-old death penalty. …

Vt. Senate Advances Lyme Disease Bill

Friday, April 11, 2014

Montpelier — Doctors and other health professionals would be immune from professional conduct charges if they pursued a hotly debated course of treatment for Lyme disease under a bill given preliminary approval Thursday by the Vermont Senate. The Senate’s 27-0 vote in support came after an impassioned speech …

Brown Brings Star Power To GOP Senate Primary

Friday, April 11, 2014

Concord — When Bob Smith announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate last month, he did it before a crowd of no more than a few dozen people in Concord. When Scott Brown made his candidacy official last night, …

N.H. Lawmakers Debate Rights of Mentally Ill to Purchase Guns

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Concord — People barred from buying guns for mental health reasons should be allowed to prove to a judge they’re capable of owning a firearm, supporters told a House committee Wednesday. “We’re dealing with the awesome power of the state to take away someone’s freedom,” said Sen. David …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, April 10

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ex-Teacher Out on Bail In Student Sex Assault Case Claremont — The former Stevens High School math teacher charged with four counts of felonious sexual assault against a 14-year-old student at the school has been released on bail. Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said Christopher LeBlanc, 29, posted …