State / Region

Vt. Removes Vaccine Exemption

Friday, May 29, 2015

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday signed a bill that removes Vermont’s philosophical exemption to mandatory vaccination for schoolchildren. The move was a major reversal for the governor, who said in no uncertain terms that lawmakers should “leave it alone” when asked about it this February. “Vaccines work and parents should get their kids vaccinated,” Shumlin said in a statement released by his office after the signing. “I know …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Sen. Ayotte Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Infants

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Concord — U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., is co-sponsoring a bill that would address a growing number of infants being exposed to opioids while in the womb. The bill, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic Sen. Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, would direct the …

Vt. Lawmakers Adjourn, Agree on $30 Million in Tax Increases

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont lawmakers have passed a $1.47 billion general fund spending plan and an overall budget of about $5.5 billion, and have wrapped up their 2015 session. The final gavels came down Saturday in the Senate at 10:23 p.m. and 11:04 p.m. in the House. That was …

Surveys Document Lynx Family in Vermont

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Montpelier — Researchers are still surveying for Canada lynx in northern Vermont and New Hampshire after evidence of a family of the federally threatened animals was discovered in 2012 and 2013, the first time in Vermont’s history that …

What’s Next for Convicted Boston Marathon Bomber

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Boston — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection, but he won’t be executed for years — maybe decades — as the appeals process runs its course. The next step is a formal …

New Hampshire High Court Upholds Decision Striking Down 2012 Voter Registration Law

Friday, May 15, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that a 2012 law linking voter registration to getting a driver’s license is unconstitutional and could discourage people from participating in the electoral process. The justices on Friday said the language of the law is confusing and inaccurate, and …

Tax Tussle Slows Progress In Legislature

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Montpelier — Legislative work was completed Friday on energy, education and child safety bills, but state lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin remained in a standoff over tax increases as a scheduled weekend adjournment of the session neared. If the impasse were to continue past Friday night, it …

Bat Disrupts Vt. Legislature

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Statehouse chamber was evacuated after a brown bat flew in to join the state’s lawmakers. The winged mammal was trapped in the chamber as legislators discussed end-of-session business Thursday night in Montpelier. The bat flew around in circles several times before House Speaker Shap …

Vt. Committee OKs School Bill

Friday, May 15, 2015

Montpelier — An effort to reduce Vermont’s school costs and improve educational programming by consolidating school districts has apparently gotten a green light. House and Senate members of a conference committee agreed Thursday to the outline of a bill that creates incentives for neighboring school districts to merge …

Boston Bombing Jury Continues Deliberations

Friday, May 15, 2015

Boston — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must make one of the most difficult decisions a jury can be faced with: Should they sentence him to death or spare his life? As they deliberate, they will need to fill out a lengthy, complicated …