State / Region

Planet Fitness Threatens to Move HQ Out of N.H. Over Tax Laws

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Concord — Planet Fitness is threatening to move its headquarters out of the state, taking hundreds of jobs with it, if the Legislature doesn’t change a tax law ahead of its anticipated initial public offering. The fitness company, founded in New Hampshire and based in Newington, N.H., said Tuesday it had filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week to go public. But company officials said existing …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hartford Man Pleads Not Guilty To Bomb Threat Charges White River Junction — The Hartford man who allegedly had pipe bombs in his home last winter pleaded not guilty this week to new charges that he called in a false bomb threat to the Hartford probation and parole office. Police also allege they found empty heroin baggies inside the Jericho Street camper he …

Nurse Accused of Diverting Drugs From Concord Hospital, Altering Patients’ Medical Charts

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Concord — A traveling nurse assigned to the emergency department of Concord Hospital is accused of pocketing prescription narcotics, including morphine and fentanyl, and altering the medical charts of patients, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. The New Hampshire Board of Nursing found the allegations against nurse Kerry Bridges involved “imminent danger to public health, safety and/or welfare” and immediately suspended her …

Judge: Bill Will Better Protect Kids

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Montpelier — The judge who oversees administration of Vermont’s trial court system said Monday he’s hopeful a child protection bill recently sent to Gov. Peter Shumlin will improve communications between social workers, police and the courts. A House-Senate conference committee agreed Friday, and the full House and Senate …

N.H.’s Ayotte: Think About the Children

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Manchester — Medical providers and first responders on Monday urged Sen. Kelly Ayotte to consider further incorporating mental health treatment into her efforts to address New Hampshire’s heroin and prescription drug crisis. Ayotte, a Republican, is co-sponsoring several pieces of legislation related to drug addiction treatment, including one …

BASE Jumper Was N.H. Native

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Before he set climbing records and learned to fly, Dean Potter cut his teeth on granite ledges in New Hampshire. The New Boston, N.H., native rose to worldwide prominence by pushing the boundaries of what was already an …

Vermont Lawmakers Adjourn Tough Session

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Montpelier — Rep. Brian Savage, R-Swanton, summed up the way many lawmakers felt about the legislative session, which adjourned a little after 11 p.m. Saturday: “It’s finally over.” Legislators couldn’t leave the House chamber fast enough. By the time the House speaker and the governor made final remarks, …

Great White Shark Becomes Twitter Star

Monday, May 18, 2015

Boston — They’re gonna need a bigger Twitter. An organization studying great white sharks is enjoying some welcome attention after one of the creatures they’ve been monitoring started gaining a loyal social media following. @MaryLeeShark is the fake …

Lawmakers Debate N.H. Tourism Budget

Monday, May 18, 2015

Concord — The Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is trying to do for June what it once did for November — turn a slow period for tourism into a moneymaker. But the state funding that boosted both efforts is in limbo in the Legislature. A decade ago, …

Champlain Flooding Leads To Joint Study

Monday, May 18, 2015

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec — Unprecedented flooding in 2011 in Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River, which drains the lake north into Quebec, is prompting scientists in the United States and Canada to begin a long process of determining whether anything can be done to reduce future problems. The first …

Prosecutors, Police Differ On Breath Test Results

Monday, May 18, 2015

Burlington — Some Vermont law enforcement officials are at odds with prosecutors over publicly releasing the blood alcohol content of people arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. David Cahill, executive director of the Vermont State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, recently wrote to public safety commissioner Keith Flynn on behalf …

‘Terroir’: Character, Climate, Culture and Choices Combine to Create ‘A Taste of Place’

Sunday, May 17, 2015

“Terroir,” a controversial French term loosely translated in English as “a taste of place,” has gained relevance in the current culinary movement that connects the consumption of food with its source, and the concept has brought to this …

Breastfeeding, Booze Sale Bills Move Through N.H. Legislature

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Concord — Talk of the state budget has dominated the 2015 legislative session in New Hampshire, with other high-profile items such as casino gambling and changes to the state’s marijuana laws occasionally stealing the spotlight. Most of the more than 900 bills submitted this legislative session met quick …