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New Hampshire Eases Rules for Administering Anti-Overdose Drug

Friday, March 27, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire safety officials are offering police officers a training course on administering life-saving doses of Narcan to people who overdose on heroin, painkillers and other opioids. The eight-hour course is available immediately and those who complete it attain the new licensing level of law enforcement provider. The state has seen a spike in heroin overdoses in recent years and Narcan use doubled in 2014 over the previous …

N.H. Senate Approves New Restrictions on Welfare Purchases

Friday, March 27, 2015

Concord — The Republican-led Senate voted Thursday to prohibit more than 12,000 New Hampshire welfare recipients from using their cash benefits to buy alcohol, tobacco, firearms and several other items. “We want to help people who are in need,” said Republican Sen. Jeanie Forrester, the bill’s prime sponsor. “But it’s not fair for me to pay in money to help somebody out who …

Murder Charge Dropped in 2010 Slaying

Friday, March 27, 2015

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — One of three men charged with breaking into the home of a 78-year-old grandmother and killing her agreed to cooperate with authorities in exchange for the dismissal of murder charges against him, the prosecutor said Thursday. Richard Fletcher did not fire the shot that killed Pat O’Hagan in her …

Companies Tap Into Vt.’s Maple Potential

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Island Pond, Vt. — Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. Could a large-scale operation, tapping into thousands of acres of maple trees in a remote northeastern part of the state, be as sweet? This isn’t the …

Municipal Managers Decry Cost-Shifting in N.H. Budget Plan

Saturday, March 21, 2015

West Lebanon — With the New Hampshire Legislature weighing sweeping cuts to the state budget, some of which could affect services relied upon by Upper Valley residents, municipal managers this week decried what they called the prospective “downshifting” of state costs onto local government and property owners . …

Vt. Thanked for Preparedness

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Burlington — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell thanked a group of Vermonters on Friday for preparing for climate change by looking for ways to reduce damage from future flooding. Jewell said people in some parts of the country …

State Bills Shield Police Cam Videos

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Iowa City, Iowa — State legislators around the country are pushing to make it much harder for the public to obtain police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law …

Woman: Hernandez Aggressive at Club Days Before Killing

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fall River, Mass. — A woman testified Thursday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez that he abruptly became aggressive and agitated at a club two nights before the killing. Hernandez is on …

Vt. Grant to Train Food Stamp Users

Friday, March 20, 2015

Montpelier — With an $8.9 million federal grant, Vermont will take part in a national pilot program to provide specialized training to food stamp recipients with the goal of helping them get off the public assistance. The Vermont Department for Children and Families will oversee the training for …

N.H. Lawmakers Devise Plan to Avoid Transportation Cuts

Friday, March 20, 2015

Concord — Republican budget writers signed off on $88 million in cuts to the state highway fund Thursday, a move officials say will have devastating consequences on public safety and trigger nearly 700 layoffs at the state Department of Transportation. But now several of those same representatives are …

Vt. Dispatch Merger Criticized

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Montpelier — About 100 opponents of the Shumlin administration’s plan to close state police call centers in two rural areas voiced their displeasure at a public hearing Tuesday evening in Montpelier. The group, which included many Public Safety Answering Point, or call center, workers, told a joint hearing …

Vermont House Passes ‘Revenge Porn’ Crackdown Bill

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House passed a bill Wednesday cracking down on “revenge porn” — posting explicit photos or videos of an ex-partner on the Internet without permission. “The act of disclosing a private, sexually explicit image to someone other than the intended audience ... can accurately be …

N.H. House Delays Road Vote

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Concord — Top Republican budget writers in the New Hampshire House said Wednesday a tax or fee increase will be necessary to sustain the state’s highway fund, but they won’t propose the hike themselves as the House Finance Committee prepares to cut the transportation budget by more than …